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Variable Skink

Variable Skink
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-26
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony DSC W7
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-27 23:51
Viewed: 5496
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Under my raised floor house there is a pile of used construction woods. This skink found it a cozy place to live. This was one sunny day that I able to take a few shots before it vanished into its home.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Mabuya
Species: M. macularia
Common name: Variable Skink, Speckled Forest Skink, Bronze Mabuya
Thai name: จิ้งเหลนหลากลาย
Distribution: Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Northern Malaysia

Typically, skinks have smooth, shiny, overlapping scales and elongate, cylindrical bodies. Their heads are cone shaped. Femoral pores are absent. The pupil is round, and many species have a large, transparent scale on the lower eyelid that enables them to see even when the lid is closed. In most species the tapering tail is easily broken but can be regenerated. Skinks are generally alert and active diurnal lizards but tend to be secretive, spending much time foraging under leaf litter.

Most skinks are small, usually not exceeding 200 mm (8 in) in total length, but a few species are larger, and the Solomon Islands giant skink, Corucia zebrata, may exceed 600 mm (24 in). This species is unusual in that it is arboreal and has a prehensile tail. Skinks are most frequently striped but may be banded, spotted, or uniformly colored. Males of many species develop broad heads, presumably used in fighting during the breeding season.


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I believe I have seen this smooth skinned lizard in India too, JC.
Very beautiful capture, sharp,clear and colourful.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-28 3:05]

Hi Jitti,
good shot and good quality of photo. I like the colours and sharpness. Good captured a moment. Well done.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-28 3:43]

Hello Jitti,
Very nice capture.POV,sharpness,colors,details and composition are wonderful.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-28 3:53]

Hi Jitti,
Great composition with tables and lizard collaborate in color and texture. Very sharp image with natural colors.
TFS, José M.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-28 4:05]

Hi Jitty,

An excellent shot of this skink at the front of his living area,well seen and captured with good colors and detail,

Well done and TFS,


Hi Jitti,
Great capture of a nice looking skink. Colors are great. Sharp and clear. Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Jitti,
Interesting and beautiful skink you captured. i like the similarity of the colours both on the skink and its environment. pov and framing is great!

Hello Jitti, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfectdetails, excellent colors, Great work, TFs Kyle

Hello Jitti, nice skink with amazing details and colors.
BG is not the best but it's good to see its try to camouflage.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-07-28 12:33]

Hello Jitti,

Nice picture of this lizard! Great sharpness and very natural colors! The pov would be better if lower but I understand that you had to be quick (not a big deal anyway!). Good job and TFS,


hi jitti
je suis etonné qu'il se soit laissé approcher autant ,les lezards sont assez souvent peureux.beau cliché.

Hi Jitti,
You were luck to see him! It is a strange animal which looks like a snake... Good sharpness and details, nice composition too. Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-30 8:06]

Hi Jitti.
Brilliant shot, Jitti. Its composition is perfect, Colours and details are superb. BG is expressive in itself and perfectly supplements the basic object of shooting. Bravo.

Salut Jetti
C'est une très belle prise de vue que tu nous présente avec ce lézard. Les belle couleurs et les beaux détails et La composition sont très réussie.

Merci pour le partage amitié ...JP

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-31 15:06]

Hi Jitti !
This is a wonderful lizard - or rather a Skink, I never heard this name before ! :-) Its skin and scales look really soft and smooth. I alos love its color, its a perfect camouflage on this wood. Details, composition and POV are excellent. Very well done !

I've not heard of the term Skink before and your notes are really informative.

The picture is excellent giving loads of detail and great sharpness.


Hello Jitti,

Today I decided to go back in your gallery. I find the composition of this picture excellent with all these lines. Good sharpness. Good light and natural colours.

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