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Tupinambis merianae

Tupinambis merianae
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05
Categories: Reptiles
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 13:59
Viewed: 2731
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Argentine Black and White Tegu, (Tupinambis merianae), is the largest species of tegu. It belongs to the teiid family. Tegus fill ecological niches similar to those of monitor lizards, and are an example of convergent evolution.
They are a carnivorous terrestrial species that inhabit the tropical rain forests of east and central South America. Just as many other reptiles, Argentine Tegus will go into brumation (a form of hibernation) in autumn when the temperature drops. A level of intelligence unusually high for reptiles has been observed, along with a high level of physical activity during the wakeful period of the year. It is believed that individuals of this species sometimes actively seek human attention, as would for example a cat or dog.
As hatchlings they have a bright green complexion with black markings; the green eventually fades to white within a couple of months after shedding. Adult males are much larger than the females and can reach 3 feet in length at maturity and continue to grow to lengths of 4-4.5 feet. The females are much smaller reaching up to 3 feet in total length, from nose to tail. They have beaded skin and linear stripes running down their bodies.
The sex of an Argentine tegu can be found by looking at the vent and searching for two raised bump-like features. Some black and white tegus can be bred with the red tegu and blue tegu.
Argentine tegus make good pets, as they have a tendency to become attached to their owners and are generally quite docile as adults. A well cared for animal will live for 15 to 20 years in captivity, and possibly even longer in the wild. However, as with most reptiles, if not handled regularly they will show more aggressive signs since they are less comfortable with the handler.(Wikipedia)

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Hi MF Siggi, Amazingly beautiful moment and capture!
Simply a great presentation of the species.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Siegfried,

Your work looks perfect and your model looks very lovely. Very funny pose, I liked its tongue :)

Bravo and TFS,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-24 14:15]

Hello Siggi,
Very good portrait with great sharpness and splendid colors.Fine POV and excellent details.TFS,

A pesar de la ténue luz, bien captada y con el detalles de la lengua fuera, que además crea dinamismo. Buenos detalles.
Saludos Siegfried: J. Ignasi.

Lovely animal! I love the tongue sticking out. The color seems a bit yellow or cloudy to me, but it's a great shot!

nice closeup, TFS Ori

Great capture Siggi! Well done !
George Veltchev

Ciao Siegfried. Good dynamic tongue with good detaisl on head and focus on eye. Nice warm tones.


Awesome portrait of a lovely Tegu. Love the pretty tongue.
Excellent shot.

hello Siegfried
super sharpness head with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Siggi, fantastic portrait of strange creature, i never see before, thanks, wonderful warm colors, lovely blurry BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-25 8:05]

Hi Siggi,fantastic timing,impressive moment,beautiful specie...a different pic in your gallery..eheh...and a great work! Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Siegfried,
Awesome time, great environment and background. Very good contact with the eye of the reptile. Adequate light. Good job!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-25 8:44]

Hello Siggi,
Fantastic close portrait of this Tegu. Great sharpness and details and beautiful natural warm colours. Lovely matching OOF BG.

Hello Siggi,
Amazing portrait taken with good details, lovely colors, excellent POV and DOF. Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-05-25 12:50]

Merhaba Siegfried,
kısıtlı netleme alanıyla arka fondan çok güzel izole olmuş
detaylarıyla harika bir fotoğraf,
Tebrik ederim, selam ve sevgiler..

hello Siegfried
this is a fantastic portrait of this Black and White Tegu, great sharp details on his head and his tongue, lovely warm color tones
very well done
Have a good night

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