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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-27
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 2:10
Viewed: 5144
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coal skink (Eumeces anthracinus) prefers to live in moist woodlands with a heavy layer of leaf litter. Like other skinks, it feeds during the day, rooting through leaves and loose soil for insects.

Its length is about 15-20 cm. It has a heavier body that other types of skink.

Additional note [after Chris Harrison's critique]:

First I thought this was coal skink, just by quick looking at skink picture cataloque at a website. Then, Chris said this is not coal skink, this is of Mabuya sp. Then, I surf some related nets. Yes, Indonesian's skink is from Mabuya sp. However, it is not that simple in figuring out from which species, since there are more than 80 species....

My best guess, this is Mabuya multifasciata (subspecies balinensis).

Lesson learned: hey, I know about skink a bit better now!

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Hi Ben,
Interesting and succesful capture. You have done it very well. Regards.

Hi Benyamin,
The little shiny guy well framed!
You capture the subject with good details and pleasant colours, and present it in a fine composition!
Pablo -

Hi Benyamin,
I like this little reptile, it has nice colors. Composition is good too. A little soft on details but I guess taht those little fellow move fast :) Interesting notes too. TFS,

Hi Benyamin,
A nice looking shot on this Coal Skink. The overall composition and framing looks good with him sitting on that tree stump. Nice natural looking colors.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-28 8:29]

Hi Ben,
good shot, nice colours and composition. I like it. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-28 8:31]

Hello Benyamin,
very nice capture of this interesting skink. Good details, nice colors and a wonderful composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-28 8:37]

Hi Benyamin.
Your shot is very nice and colourful. The colours of the picture are very expressive. Captured scene is wonderful. I like the POV and DOF. Details of the shot is very good. My best regards and TFS,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-28 13:42]

Hi Benyamin, well captured with nice warm colours and good details. Well done and TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-28 21:57]

Hello Benyamin,

I really like your composition here! You got a nice pov and use a good dof. The only thing in my opinion is that the colors looks a little bit too saturated... But still a good picture and TFS,


  • chrish Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 9 N: 95] (372)
  • [2006-08-28 22:15]
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This is not a Coal Skink. Coal Skinks are only found in the United States and they don't look anything like this animal.
It is more likely one of the large skinks in the genus Mabuya which are widespread in southeast Asia.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-29 16:11]

Hi Benyamin!
A cute lizard with good colors and explanation. The log is an original BG for the animal.

I look for newts, skinks and salamanders every time I walk in the woods and never see them. Then one day I'm walking down the sidewalk (of all places) and blammo--one's just staring back at me totally unafraid! And I don't have my FREAKING CAMERA!!!!!!!! AAAAaaaggggh!!!!

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-08-31 14:47]

Nice capture Ben.The light seems to be a lot.But the colors are beautiful.TFS..

Salut Ben
Magnifique photo que ce joli petit lézard.J'aime beaucouP tous ces détails ,très
belle présentation avrc de belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

Hi Benyamin,
A nice looking colorful skink. Composition, pov, dof are great. Harsh sunlight in tropical area may responsible for a bit overexposed. Well done and TFS.

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  • akb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 0 N: 4] (243)
  • [2006-09-01 1:12]

hello Ben,
very very good composition.

Hi Ben,
Veri nice animal photo.Very good sharp, details, colours and compo.Well done.


félicitations pour cette merveille aux couleurs magnifique, bon BG, joli travail

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-01 15:18]

wow, this is one cool reptile, ben! :-)
those beasts are normally so fast and hard to capture,
great job you did here, and so well composed with it
sitting on the chopped tree trunk, only the focus seems a bit soft though.
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-01 19:15]

Hi Benyamin

Neat photo of this skink.Well composed with excellent POV.The colours are well saturated.This one looks quite well fed.Good details.TFS


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-09-11 15:51]

Hello Benyamin !
What a colorful lizard, like a little rainbow ! :-) Focus seems to be a bit sot, but that's not a big problem, must have been very difficult to get this shot. The colors, composition and POV are excellent. I really like this picture. Very well done !

very interesting shot!!!

hi mario

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-17 12:45]

Hi Benyamin,
Nice Skink composition my friend.
I like your pov,dof,colors,not and framing.TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-18 16:00]

hi ben
i think it is rare subtype of reptiles. i have never seen like this. POV, DOF, BG, colours, note and frame are good.

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