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ObySamKenoby Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 9 N: 22] (165)
This lizard was trying to mimetize with the trunk it is on, as you can see from its back full of dirt. I've been able to shot some photos of it before it started to move - and went in the pose I captured with this one. The shot was taken on a track near the road that goes from Montanino to Reggello.
PP notes: I just resized the image and adjusted saturation (and it is fairly dull as it is now - all in all it is a muddy lizard on a muddy trunk!), sharpness and luminosity.
NB: I posted a close-up workshop, look at it if you want.

Hope you like it!
Samuele


Questa lucertola stava tentando di mimetizzarsi con il tronco su cui poi sono riuscito ad immortalarla, come é possibile vedere sal dorso sporco di terra. Sono stato in grado di scattarle diverse foto prima che iniziasse a muoversi e mettersi in posa come la vedete in questa immagine. La foto é stata scattata lungo un sentiero vicino alla strada che dal Montanino sale verso reggello.
Note sul PP: Mi sono limitato a ridimensionare l'immagine per poi aggiustare luminosità, contrasto e saturazione (ed é abbastanza "scipita" così come é ora - d'altronde si tratta di una lucertola fangosa su un tronco fangoso!)
NB: ho postato anche un crop più "stretto", dategli un'occhiata!

Spero vi piaccia!
Samuele

The following text from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizard
Some lizard species called "glass snakes" or "glass lizards" have no functional legs, though there are some vestigial skeletal leg structures. They are distinguished from true snakes by the presence of eyelids and ears. The tail of glass lizards, like many other lizards, will break off as a defense mechanism, unlike snakes. They, like many other reptiles are mistaken for being slimy and really are dry,since their skin has no pores capable of exuding fluid lubricants.
Many lizards can change color in response to their environments or in times of stress. The most familiar example is the chameleon, but more subtle color changes occur in other lizard species as well (most notably the anole, also known as the "house chameleon" or "chamele").
Lizards typically feed on fruits and vegetation (herbivores and omnivores), insects (carnivores and insectivores) and small mammals (carnivores). A few species are omnivorous or herbivorous; a familiar example of the latter is the iguana, which is unable to properly digest animal protein. Until very recently, it was thought that only two lizard species were venomous: the Mexican beaded lizard and the closely-related Gila monster, both of which live in northern Mexico and the southwest United States. However recent research at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Pennsylvania State University has revealed that in fact many lizards in the iguanians and monitor (lizard) families have venom-producing glands. Typically these pose little danger to humans, as their poison is introduced slowly by chewing, rather than subcutaneous injection as with venomous snakes. Nine toxins previously thought to only occur in snakes have been discovered, as well as a nuumber of previously unseen chemicals.
These revelations are prompting calls for a complete overhaul of the classification system for lizard species to form a venom clade. "These papers threaten to radically change our concepts of lizard and snake evolution, and particularly of venom evolution," says Harry Greene, a herpetologist at Cornell University in New York.
Most other lizard species are harmless to humans (most species native to North America, for example, are incapable even of drawing blood with their bites). Only the very largest lizard species pose threat of death; the Komodo dragon, for example, has been known to attack and kill humans and their livestock. The Gila Monster and Beaded Lizard are venomous however, and though not deadly, can with their powerful jaws,inflict extremely painful bites. The chief impact of lizards on humans is positive; they are significant predators of pest species; numerous species are prominent in the pet trade; some are eaten as food (for example, iguanas in Central America); and lizard symbology plays important, though rarely predominant roles in some cultures (e.g. Tarrotarro in Australian mythology).
Most lizards are oviparous, though a few species are viviparous. Many are also capable of regeneration of lost limbs or tails.
Lizards in the Scincomorpha family, which include skinks (such as the blue-tailed skink), often have shiny, iridescent scales that appear moist. However, like all other lizards, they are dry-skinned and generally prefer to avoid water. All lizards are capable of swimming if needed, however, and a few (such as the Nile monitor) are quite comfortable in aquatic environments.

Il seguente testo é tratto da http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacertilia
Le lucertole (Lacertilia, Günther 1867) sono rettili dell'ordine Squamata, assieme ai serpenti. Sono per lo più quadrupedi e hanno orecchie esterne. La grandezza degli adulti di questa secie può variare da pochi centimetri (qualche geco dei Caraibi) fino a quasi i tre metri (drago di Komodo).
Alcune lucertole sono in grado di cambiare colore. L'esempio più famoso è il camaleonte, ma questa caratteristica può appartenere anche ad altri generi.
Solitamente sono insettivori o roditori. Alcune specie sono erbivore o onnivore, un esempio di queste caratteristiche è l'iguana, che è incapace di digerire le proteine animali.

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ObySamKenoby Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 9 N: 22] (165)
Crop
Edited by:ObySamKenoby Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 9 N: 22] (165)

This is a cropped down version of the original image showing more detail of the front part of the lizard - look at the eye!

Hope you like it.
Samuele