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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony DSC RX10-II, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-07-22 10:30
Viewed: 1605
Points: 6
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Back from bicycling
I found this Small-spotted Lizard, Mesalina guttulata, in the desert steppe near Ksar Ghilane. The animal did not run away when I approached it with my camera. I did many shots and, being a biologist I decided for an experiment (with a control, of course :-) ) to find out why the animal liked me (or my camera) so much. Result: it was not my beauty that transfixed the animal but an orange peel that I had dropped to the ground. After the removal of the peel the animal lost its interest in me.

Southern Tunisia is a really dry country, bordering to the Grand Erg, this vast expanse of sand dunes. Still there are road signs that warn of flash floods in winter.
ID was with Wikipedia.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-07-22 12:30]
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Hi Dietrich,a very nice pic of this desert lizard very sharp and bright,just a bit claer.And i like a lot to read your experiment to take it and your brave vacation in Tunisia in this difficult moment for the security...i been there 10 times but now i think that it's good to be away...for the moment...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-07-22 12:33]

Hallo Dietrich,
Back from another great adventure. It seems a bit hot to me for cycling in Tunisia.
Very beautiful photo of this lizard in nice camouflaged colors and good sharpness. A beauty!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2016-07-24 11:45]

Lieber Dieter,
Natürliches Bild mit einer witzigen Geschichte. Diese Echse ist farblich perfekt an seine Umgebung angepast. Die Bildreduktion macht es eben aus, die Fotos verlieren immer an Qualität.
Einen schönen Abend und ich hoffe wieder mal auf ein Wiedersehn.

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