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Timon lepidus

Timon lepidus
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 10D, 100 macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 13:57
Viewed: 4092
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Up to some years ago this species was called Lacerta lepida. In literature the new name is not yet everywhere incorporated. Because it is not usual that a species name also changes as well, also the name Timon lepida is seen, but this name is in fact incorrect. Sunspecies are named with lepida, for example Timon lepida iberica .
commonly the can almost size up to a meter long including the tail. These species lives in Southern Europe, in Spain, France, Italy and Portugal and further in northeast Africa. Habitat exists from shrubs and small woods in dry areas with much vegetation. Here the lizard lives on the ground and climbs on stones to sunbathe. The pearl lizard occurs to an altitude of 2100 meters, and food ranges from larger insects, snails, mice and also other lizards. Fully grown animals with a length of a meter hardly have enemies left, because they are simply too large and too heavy for snakes and birds of prey, and even wild dogs and cats fear the tail which can be used as a whip. They are very shy animals which generally lie sunbathing in groups and when disturbed with much noise they all disappear in a shallow self-dug pot-hole under a shrub or old rabbit hole.

Here a juvenile is shown, which was completely surprised when I popped up from behind a rock.

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Magnifique capture, les couleurs sont tres belles et nettes, bravo pour cette super réussite

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 14:11]

Hello Jacob,
The name "Pearl Lizard" seems perfect for this beautiful lizard you've captured really well here. Very sharp details of pattern and scales and nice focus on the eye. WOnderful colours too. The only blemish is the blurr in the foreground which could be cloned away.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Amazing sharpness here Jacob,
Well done getting the light settings right showing us all the glory of this chaps scales. Not sure about cropping his tail off there, perhaps better to go the other way and crop tighter.

Well done

Hi Jacob,
Excellent image of this reptile!
You got amazing sharp and clear details on the animal.
I like so much the light reflections, specially on the head and eye's glare.
Perhaps a little more DOF were useful to get in focus the animal rear leg.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

Hello Jacob!
Very nice picture of interesting species. I was in Tamaris (region Cote de Azur) about 2 weeks but the only reptile species I saw were gekkos :)
The colours of this specimen are really nice (mating colours?) and general composition is also very good. The only thing I would like to suggest it to light picture a little :)
Anyway, very nice presentation with interesting note.
Best greetings,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 15:57]

Hello Jacob,
It must be marvellous to be able to photograph a full-grown Oscellated Lizard and capturing a juvenile like this one is pretty good too. This shot has nice lighting and colour and is pretty sharp too. I guess the tail must be 1.5 times the body length.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-13 16:49]

Buenas Noches Jacob,
Precioso y colorido lizard, nitidez y detalles excelentes, magnífica captura.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-13 17:21]

Ha Jacob,

Dit is een hele mooie en haarscherpe opnae,mooie hagedis en mooie kleurcombinatie,jammer va de staart,maar soms is het niety anders,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-13 21:33]

Hello Jacob

Super crisp image of this lizard.The details are sharp,and the colours are well saturated.The texture is amazing.Nice eye contact.Excellent low POV and very good DOF.TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-14 0:20]

Beautiful colors on those markings, Jacob.
The scales are very sharply shown in a pleasing POV.
TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-14 6:37]

Hello Jacob!

Not much to say about this one except - JUST BEAUTIFULL! I love its face, pose, eye and most of all colorfull scales on body. This green/blue combitation looks superb!

Great sharpness on the head and upper body, love the blue spots on green background.
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-14 9:37]

Hi Jacob

This is surely one of the most beautiful lizards of Europe :)
Look at all those colors and tones forming its splendid pattern! WOW!
You are a very lucky guy to have travelled to all sort of places and habitats and to hae seens all these wonderful species in the wild and with your own eyes....i envy you...a bit :)
This is a great shot, with a spot-on exposure and super sharp details. In my oppinion the DOF is just great how it is...it blurres the FG and BG very well, isolating the lizard well.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Jacob

Beautiful colors, great sharpness and exposure. Well done


Nice capture Friend!
It has a nice pattern! Lovely :) TFS.

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