- Adanac (21378)
- [2008-03-09 11:02]
Great image displaying natures camoflage. Nice composition, pose and details in this great image, thank you Babak. Also thank you for the great workshop on my photo, great work.
- fragman (43778)
- [2008-03-09 11:34]
nice portrait! TFS and greetings Ori
- rousettus (19818)
- [2008-03-09 16:32]
it must be a Laudikia stellio. In 2006, I saw this species commonly in Iran.
your shot very nice. nicely composed and focused. TFS, well done
Yesterday I did not write any comments on ID because I want to be sure in some feautes. But now I am sure. Your capture is excelent firsly. And thank you for this beauty. This is a well-featured specimen of Laudakia caucasica (Caucasian Agama, Northern Rock Agama). Its tail divided into distinct segments, each composed of two whorls of keeled-scales. There is a patch of enlarged scales on the middle of flank that this characteristic of the species. The another characteristic feature is on the scales of gular region (but I could not see details from your capture). These scales are smooth (keeled in L. stellio known from Turkey and Near East). There is considerable individual variation in color pattern in these lizards. Regarding the Caucasian Agama, occupies almost the entire N Iranian Plateau in suitable habitats. It has not been recorded on the W & S slopes of Zagros Mountains. In Turkey, it is limited to a small area in the NE bordering the Armenian and Iranian frontiers. The westernmost limits east of Kars, Turkey, where the topography changes abruptly from rich grassland throug steep, eroded, rocky hillsides down to open stone valleys. It does not overlap the distribution of L. stellio. It occurs in Transcaucasia west to Suramask Ridge, and the mountainous part of Dagestan. East of Caspian Sea, it is a mountain species in S Turkmenistan, S Uzbekistan, and S Tajikistan. It occupies the mountainous regions of N Iran (Alborzi Kopet Dagh), extending south in inner Zagros regions at least as far as Kohrud in Esfahan Province. In northern Afganistan it occupies the area north of the Central Massif and extends south in NEE Afghanistan to Paghman. It extends into the southern Central Asian republics.
I hope these information is usefull for all users of TN:).
TFS and Best Regards,
- matatur (5312)
- [2008-03-10 10:58]
Thank you for this beautiful Laudakia specimen perfectly camouflaged in its natural element Babak, both the exposure and the focus is spot on my friend, good job indeed!
- bahadir (723)
- [2008-03-10 19:39]
Hi Babak, what a beautifuıl Caucasian agama. TFS. regards, Bahadır
- kebapci (405)
- [2008-03-11 6:13]
It is a species from Laudakia caucasica species complex! Note the flat head... With the camouflage environment, it is awonderful capture it think
- Necipp (100)
- [2008-03-11 11:00]
Hello Babak, a fine pose captured, well composed, excellent pov & it's great that it's in its natural surrounds showing how well it is camouflaged with the rocks behind. Tfs Rgds Necip
- arfer (0)
- [2008-03-16 18:22]
This could be right out of the book "How not to be seen".
Great demonstration of camouflage ,the colours are vivid and natural.
The pose is funny because it almost looks like the way a human might act.