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Green beauty

Green beauty
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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-22 10:14
Viewed: 3903
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green Lacertas are small, beautiful lizards whose range extends over much of southern Europe. Adults are about 30-35cm (12-14") long. They are very strong lizards that can be kept outdoors. Green Lacertas diet consists mainly of insects. They eat crickets, superworms, cockroaches, grasshoppers, and even spiders. Pinky mice can be given to the adults. Green lacertas hibernate for 4-5 months and breed in the springtime. The eggs are laid mostly in May and June, often in two or even three clutches. Babies are brown at birth, but turn green in about two months, depending how fast they grow.

This lizard has a large range in Europe. It lives in Northern Spain, in most of France, southern parts of Germany, in Switzerland, Italy and Greece, the entire Balkan peninsula and so east to central parts of Ukraine. they are protected in the EU, where they can only be purchased from breeders who possess them legally. As a result wild caught green lacertas from places in Eastern Europe, where they are not protected yet, cannot be sent to the EU (Italy, France, GB, Germany etc). Instead, they are sent to the USA or Japan. We hope that countries in Eastern Europe will soon protect these lizards as well, and ban their capture for commercial trade.

Canon 20D + Sigma 150mm + Sigma EF-500 DG super.
Photoshop, sharpnes + saturation, crop and resized for TN.

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Very nice shot, Nikos. If it's the "lacerta viridis", we have it here in Normandy, and they are heavily protected as they have a tendency to regress. I've only seen two in 12 years, coming on a garden tray, here
I like your photo showing many very sharp details. The leg is a bit OOF, but the scale texture is beautiful. Flash gives an equilibrated light. Ears are clearly visible. Well done.

Παρα πολύ καλή φωτογραφία Νίκο.Πολύ καθαρή και με πολύ καλά χρώματα. Ο φακός δείχνει πολυ άριστη συμπεριφορά.
Δεν κατάλαβα μόνο γιατί έχει ένα περίγραμμα ασαφές γύρω από το κεφάλι , μάλλον στο επάνω μέρος.
Με την δική μου σαυρα καταλαβαίνω ότι έχω δρόμο ακόμη στα close-ups.
Συγχαρητήρια και πάλι.

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  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-22 17:18]

Good close-up of this lizard... The colour and the structure of its skin looks beautiful, good sharpness... The lizard has a good contrast to the background...
Very well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-23 12:17]

What a beautiful Lizard that you have well captured ! I like the contrast of its vivid green colors on the soft BG. The DOF is perfect. Congratulations and thanks for sharing Nikos.

Πραγματικά είναι πανέμορφη, τόσο η σαύρα όσο και η φωτογραφία σου που την αναδυκνείει. Εξαιρετικές λεπτομέρειες, τέλεια χρώματα και φανταστικός φωτισμός. Μπράβο.

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