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Blue Tongue Lizard

Blue Tongue Lizard
Photo Information
Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-15 17:18
Viewed: 5606
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A blue tongue lizard enjoys the warmth of the asphalt but is in danger of being hit by passing cars. He needed to be moved to the grass nearby to survive another day.

In the Sydney region, the Eastern Blue-tongue occurs on the coastal plain and in the lower Blue Mountains and the Blotched Blue-tongue occurs in the higher parts of the Blue Mountains.

Adult blue-tongues adapt well to suburbs where there are large backyards with plenty of shelter. They rapidly become used to human activity, and may live in the same place for many years. Rockeries, horizontal pipes and the cavities under houses are favourite hiding places; sunny paths and lawns provide basking sites. Plenty of food such as snails, slugs and caterpillars is usually available in gardens, and a blue-tongue in the garden will help to keep down the number of snails and plant-eating insects.

Unfortunately, blue-tongues will also eat snails and slugs poisoned by snail baits and can be poisoned themselves. Care should be taken in using snail baits and insecticides when blue-tongues are living in a garden. Blue-tongues can squeeze through small holes in and under fences, and garden pests can also cross fences, so chemicals used by neighbours can also affect your blue-tongue.

Look out for blue-tongues when mowing long grass! They will try to escape the lawn mower by hiding in the grass rather than running away. Blue-tongues like to bask on warm surfaces, and black tar roads which warm up quickly in the sun "lure" many to their deaths.

Young blue-tongues are easy prey for suburban dogs and cats, as well as predatory birds like kookaburras. Most young blue-tongues in suburban gardens probably do not reach adulthood. A few adult blue-tongues are also killed by large dogs, although the thick bony scales of the adults protect them from many animal bites.

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TFS for this good pic and interesting note, Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-16 0:39]

Hello Murray,
Nice sharp and well composed shot of a Blue-tongued Skink. You have acheived a pretty good DOF despite the difficult POV.
Good note.
Thanks for sharing this,
Regards, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-16 1:00]
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Hi Murray.
What a great POV and perfectly selected DOF. Entire image of long lizard is in focus and sharp. Eye-contact is simply amazing. The curve of its body is very attractive. Exposure, natural fine colours are great too. Bravo. Excellent job. My compliments.

Hi Murray,

A nice image of the blue tongue lizard, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. thanks for sharing.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-16 9:07]

Hello Murray, that's a fantastic subject, the image is sharp and well exposed. I like its markings and colors. Well done ! Thanks,


  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-16 9:16]

What a curious strange lizard! Excellent capture with great sharpness and very good details.
Interestings note.
My compliments and TFS

PT :)

Hello Murray,
This is a nice one!
I like how he comes into the frame in this nice diagonal, and I notice the short legs long apart...
Fine details, and this looks like a friendly fellow!
Pablo -

Hi Murray
Interesting notes! I agree people need to use pesticides carefully, everyone should read the label before using and not after. Always taking precautions. This Blue-tongue is kinda cute. I'm glad you moved him out of harms way.
TFS Janice

This lizard has so tiny legs, so it looks almost like a snake. Very close and good photo!

Hi Murray, I've heard of this guy of course, but have yet to see one myself, but I'll keep looking. Great composition in this shot of yours with the corner to corner pose. The colour and detail are both good on the front portion. I like this down low positioning you have on this guy. It makes it almost a personal portrait of him.

Thanks, John

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