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Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor
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Copyright: Les Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 229] (1577)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D 80, Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-12-22 12:27
Viewed: 2177
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although averaging 1.5 metres in length, the Lace Monitor has been known to grow to 2 metres. Its colouring is typically dark blue with many scattered cream, yellow or white scales. Larger spots or blotches may also be formed by groups of scales.
All Lace Monitors have toes equipped with long, strong claws, which are used for climbing and digging. Their tails are extremely long and are usually almost twice the length of the monitorís head and body.

The Lace Monitor is found along the East Coast of Australia inhabiting forests and coastal tablelands. The Lace Monitor is arboreal and will often seek shelter from the heat and cold in tree hollows or hollow logs.

The Lace Monitor feeds upon birds, insects, reptiles, small mammals and carrion. It also actively forages for nesting birdsí eggs.

The Lace Monitor is usually a solitary species but will come together in spring and early summer during the breeding season. Most females breed every year and 4-6 weeks after mating will lay 6-12 eggs. The female will dig a hole in the side of a termite mound to lay her eggs. The termites then close up the hole, keeping the eggs safe and at a constant incubation temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. After 8-9 months the young will hatch and the female will actually return to dig them out.

- See more at: http://www.australiazoo.com.au

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-22 12:49]

Hi Les,a beautiful face to face with this interesting and very rare guest of the TN gallery! Magnificent POV to create this long and neverending pespective,great details on the face and body too to show us its beautiful design in the best way,i like it!! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-12-22 18:09]

Hello Les,
A neat shot of this uniquely marked and attractively colored Lace Monitor,
It's long claws are readily visible, which explains how it can easily hold onto a smooth barked trunk such as this one in your photo.

Hi Les
照的清晰 很漂亮的動物
光線亮麗 這個角度很棒 也很特別
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hi Les,
really interesting animal. Excellent eye contact. Nice colours. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-12-22 23:18]

Hi Les.
Nice choice of subject for picture. Eye-contact as well as orthogonal structure of the image are amazing as well as pleasant transaction from crisp sharpness to nice blurriness. Clarity of the image is superb too. TFS.

Shocking picture of this magnificent "monitor lizard", Les. You've solved intelligently as portray, Length, this reptile long tail. It is always a sore heads long tail lizards ... Congratulations, my british friend!

From Argentina, Ernesto HernŠn Bortondello.

Interesting subject and impressive photo Les! Good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Les Bennett, A very interesting Lace Monitor image here with eye to eye contact shot taken. Great focus with wonderful details.
Thank very much and Merry Christmas

hallo Les
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Interesting subject and not easy to show its whole length. Well done.

WOW love this POV!!!!! He appears very tolerant of your presence!! LOL Excellent detail and LOVE the eye contact

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