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Blue Tongued Skink

Blue Tongued Skink
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Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-21 14:53
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Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-tongued lizards are one of the largest members of the skink family. There are six species of blue-tongues which occur in Australia. They also occur in parts of Indonesia and New Guinea. As suggested by its name, its distinguishing characteristic is a blue tongue. All species are relatively large (10-50cm), heavy-bodied, short-limbed, and broad with a distinct head and short, tapered tail.
These lizards occupy a range of habitats from desert, semi-arid savannah, woodland and temperate suburban areas through to tropical jungle. They are omnivorous, and may feed on berries, flowers and other plant material, fungi, insects, spiders, or other small animals, carrion, and are very partial to snails and slugs. They may grow up to 60 cm (depending on the species).
Solitary for most of the year, mating occurs in September-November. Pair bonding may occur over successive years (Bull 1988). The young are born (live) 3-5 months after mating (December-April). Litters may have 5-18 individuals.
The Blotched and Eastern Blue Tongued skinks make great, low maintenance pets, and if hand raised have a great temperament. In Australia, it is illegal to be in possession of a Blue Tongued lizard without a Class 1 Reptile Keeper's License, as per the requirements of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Obtaining a license is easy, however possessing this skink without a license, or capturing one from the wild, can result in heavy fines and imprisonment. In the US this species does not require a permit like other species of this lizard. Some specimens have lived for thirty years in captivity.
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dew77, jmp, RAP, horia, liquidsunshine, pablominto, scottevers7, Aliza, izler has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-21 15:54]

Hello Chris,
Magnificent snake portrait.Clear details,POV,lighting,framing,POV and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-21 15:55]

Hi Chris,
Wonderful close-up! Colors, details, texture, reflection, pov and compostion are the best.
TFS, José m.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-21 16:09]

He visto documentales en TV sobre esta especie y su lengua parece pintada artificialmente realmente.
Excelente primer plano con nitidez y detalles de sus escamas y sobre todo de su mirada.
Buen encuadre y elección del recorte con atinado DOF logrando un fondo bien difuso.
Buen trabajo Chris.... agregué esta imagen a mi Tema de Lagartos.
Saludos... Ricardo

I have seen documental in TV on this species and their language it seems colored artificially really.
Excellent close up with clarity and details of their flakes and mainly of their glance.
Good framing and election of the crop with accurate DOF achieving a very diffuse bottom.
Good work Chris... I added this image to my Theme of
Regards... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-21 17:30]

Hi Chis

This is a great macro of this very beautiful lizard's head! They really are impressive these blue-tongued lizards. I've had the pleasure of seeing one live (in a natural park) an i have to say that i was fascinated by it. (among other things, it was bigger than i thought:))
Anyway, the shot is great, with sharp details, good DOF and great colors - especially the eye.

Bravo and TFS

Good morning Chris,
A great close up capture of this Skink.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed, good notes and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Hello CT,
Great portrait with some wonderful details!
Your little friend is captured in a fine pose, close-up work well done...
Very well done, my friend!
Pablo -

:-) BRB! OK-

Hi Chris,
This is a stunning portrait of this lizard. Details, POV and exposure are just great! this is very well done. TSF,

Hi Chris,
Amazing closeup shot on this Skink! Excellent frame filling composition and tight cropping. Great detail and textures shown in this shot. I love it! My kind of photo.

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  • Aliza Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 3] (98)
  • [2006-09-22 14:08]

Müthis bir yakin cekim olmus, tebrikler!
Bu kesinlikle bir "female lizard" zira gözünün üstüne cok hos bir renkte far cekmis:)
Ellerinize saglik.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-23 6:25]

hi chris
well close up photo. point of view, blured background, colours, contrast, focus and details are great. your note is informative also.
i like all parts of this photo but especially lilac colour around of eye
thanks for sharing

Yazacak fazla bir sey yok gercekten cok iyi bir cekim

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