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Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor
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Copyright: John Plumb (JPlumb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon F80, AF-S VR Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-06 22:56
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy was wandering around Tomaree National Park at Shoal Bay. It was the first time I had ever seen, or even heard of, a Lace Monitor so he took me by some surprise. He is about a metre long. Not knowing them at the time, this is about as close as I was getting.

They can grow to greater than 2 metres in length. They are the second largest monitor in Australia (the Perentie is the largest). They frequent both open and closed forests. I have another picture of this same guy entering the forest. The camouflage is superb. The females lay 4 to 14 eggs in the spring or summer in hollow trees or termite nests. They will often return to this nest to help their young hatch. Unlike many other lizards, these ones have forked tongues.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To pablominto: Intro to AustraliaJPlumb 1 08-12 00:31
To mlines: They move fastJPlumb 1 01-16 23:15
To arfer: MonitorJPlumb 1 11-28 22:05
To lovenature: ThanksJPlumb 2 11-07 16:54
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Hi John
Welcome to Trek Nature.
Interesting capture of this Lace Monitor. He has a very unique colour pattern. I think the shot would have been a bit better if you would have got his tail in the photo, but a nice photo just the same. Good notes and nicely framed.
TFS Janice....Plumb is a family name of mine....maybe we are related ??? Did you use to live in Manitoba or Ontario?

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
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Hello John

Wow , great capture of this monitor.Nice colours and textures.Well seen. Good composition and POV.TFS


Hi John. Good close up of this monitor. I have seen a few, but never organised enough to photograph one, they move really fast as you will know.The clarity and colours are very good. Murray.

Hi John;very good shot,good frame...

Hello John,
You show us a fine fellow in your first posting in TN!
The image is well composed, and the subject is captured with great details...
Amazing to read they can reach 2 m..!
Pablo -

Hi John,

A nice image of the lace monitor, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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