|Copyright: Stefan Zetterlind (scroller)
|Date Taken: 2010-04|
|Camera: Nikon D 80|
|Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop|
|Date Submitted: 2011-05-23 2:16|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Here is another photo of a lizard, I believe is called "Black Girdled Lizard". Acording to the information I found, it is very limited to the area around Cape Town with some exception. This lizard I found on Cape Point and in the background you can see Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of the African continent.I saw the direction it was crawling but I just caught the head. In the workshop you can see the next sequense and what its more like in the body.|
From Tallbo.com (thanks Bayram) I've got this information.
"A medium-sized girdled lizard with a flattened body and triangular, flattened head with smooth head shields. Males do not have larger heads than females. The nasals are usually in contact, separating the rostral and the frontonasal, which is in contact with the loreals. The prefrontals are not in contact. The subocular usually reaches the lip, and the prefrontals are usually in contact. The anterior parietals are smaller than the posterior ones. The occipinals are rectangular and smooth. The dorsal scales, which are large and faintly keeled (strongly keeled along backbone), are in 22 - 30 transverse and 16 - 22 longitudinal rows. The ventrals are smooth (but faintly keeled along the flanks) and in 10 longitudinal rows. There is a pair of feebly enlarged preanal plates. There are 5- 10 femoral pores on each thigh. Females lack glandular scales in front of femoral pores. The tail has whorls of large spines. Coloration is uniform jet-black, but slightly paler below. Biology and breeding : A solitary species sheltering in small cracks. Its black colour enables it to absorb heat on avercast, misty days. Habitat : Rock outcrops in coastal fynbos. Range : Restricted to Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, with an isolated population on coastal rocks around Saldanha Bay."
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Another very nice shot of a girdled lizard beauty. I like the blur background in this, it sets the lizard off nicely. Sharpness and focus is great, but I think it could be more better to compose the lizard near the left side of the frame. But this is a personal taste MF!
TFS and cheers,
Very interesting image, experimental compo, beautiful background blur, excellent colors. Perfect job. As an extra addition, the WS photo, at least in my opinion, is even better than the main one. Bravo!
As I see in your intro, you're a member since 2007 but put your account to ice until now. I truly hope you'll stay with us on TN and you'll be a part of the community. So, a little late, but welcome to TN!
Best regards, László (Hungary, Central Europe)