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Komodo dragon

Komodo dragon
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-07 8:11
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Points: 6
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There have been a few monitor lizards posted over the past couple of weeks, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to shoot the biggest of them all on a trip to Taronga zoo. This is the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), which can grow to 3.2m (10.5 feet) length, weight up to 165 kg (364 pounds) and live to over 50 years. The species is found on Komodo Is. and a few adjacent islands in Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia. The dragon is primarily a carrion scavenger, but will take live prey if the opportunity allows and has been observed hunting deer and water buffalo up to 500kg. The teeth are serrated and the large forelimbs and claws can be used to disembowel prey. Attacks on humans are rare, but have been known to occur.
Although the Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard, the Giant Goanna (Megalania prisca), which lived in Australia during the Pleistocene (2 million to 10,000 years ago), was bigger growing up to 7m in length.
I know this shot isn't technically brilliant, but you have to work with what you can. The picture is cropped and sharpened using unsharp mask (80, 1,0). All comments welcome.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-07 9:15]

Lo he visto tantas veces en TV, que me parecen hasta amigables ya, pese a su peligrosidad y conocido belicismo.
Excelente perspectiva con bellos colores y buena agudeza.
Excelente nota tambien.

I have seen so many times them in TV, that they seem to me already until friendly, in spite of its danger and well-known bellicosity.
Excellent perspective with beautiful colors and good sharpness.
Excellent note also.

Impressionnant!!! Magnifique photo de cet animal hors du commun. Couleurs vraiment splendides. Merci. Rudy.

Nice shot, Chris.
Very sharp but it probably needs a bit of contrast.
The whole photo seems a bit pale on my monitor.
No picture of the dribbling saliva? :))

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