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Glance 2 : Green Crested Lizard

Glance 2 : Green Crested Lizard
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon SX10 IS, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-13 2:45
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Bronchocela jubata or Green Crested Lizard

Bronchocela jubata, or more commonly known as the Green Crested Lizard, is an agamid lizard found in Indonesia on the islands of Singkep, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Karakelang, Salibabu; Nias Island, Singkap Island, Borneo (Kalimantan) and the Philippines. Although in the past it was thought the species may be found in India, either on the mainland or in the Nicobars, this is not the case according to herpetologist Indraneil Das. It is also be known by the name of "bloodsucker", although this is a misnomer.
The Green Crested Lizard is 550mm in length, with a long hanging tail making up four fifths of its length. It has a jagged crest on its neck which more closely resemble hairs, as opposed to the crest of its close relative, B. cristatella, which more closely resembles the points on a crown. The crest consists of elongated scales, although it is flabby like skin.

The head is square in shape, and there is a soft sack under the chin. It has large, flexible eyelids made of fine speckled scales.

The dorsal area is coloured from light green to dark green, and can change to brown or black if feeling threatened. A rusty coloured stain appears under the throat. More spots, often blurring to form a stripe, appear on the shoulder and the front lateral side. Towards the back of the lizard, the colour becomes duller.

The underside of the lizard is yellowish to white under the chin, neck, stomach and the back of the legs. The bottom of the hands and feet are a yellowish brown. The tail is coloured green at its base, with bluish stains. Towards the end of the tail, the colour becomes a dull brown with whitish spots on the tip.

The scales of the Green Crested Lizard are hard, course and strong. The tail has an angular feel.

The Green Crested Lizard is generally to be found in low bushes or hidden in dense trees. It can frequently be seen having fallen from the bushes or trees while chasing its prey, although it will quickly run back into the security of the nearest bush or tree. The lizard preys on butterflies, moths, dragonflies, flies and other small insect. To catch its prey, the Green Crested Lizard will generally wait in silence at the top of a tree, or it will rock slowly back and forth as if swaying in the breeze. It can also frequently be found utilising domestic electricity cables to cross from one place to another.

The Green Crested Lizard lays its eggs in loose earth, sand or humus. Like most members of the Agamidae, the mother lizard excavates the earth to form a hollow for the eggs with her snout. The eggs are white, waxy, and leathery in texture.

A study carried out in the Situgede jungle, near Bogor, noted that the eggs of the Green Crested Lizard were buried in sandy soil beneath a layer of humus, directly beneath bushes in a fairly open part of the forest. The two eggs were elongated, approximately 7 x 40mm in length, placed side by side, and covered by a thin layer of soil. In Walat Mountain, Sukabumi, there were eggs covered by a thin layer of humus in the middle of a jungle path.

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Ciao Foozi, great capture of beautiful lizard in nice pose, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-13 6:46]

Hello Foozi,
Even if the picture looks quite dark on my screen, I like it a lot. There is something very theatrical in the pose of the green-crested Lizard, due also to the point of view you have chosen. And the blue patch of sky in the background is a beautiful addition to the whole picture. I like a lot.
Take care

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-13 8:58]

Hi Foozi,i haven't words!! This is simply fantastic!!!!!!Accept just my best compliments,you're a great artist! Have a nice day,Luciano

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-13 9:25]

Hello Foozi
Nice and interesting shot. Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-13 10:37]

Hi Foozi.
What an attractive shot. Its colouration is unusual and very nice. Pictured scene is fine. Pose of the animal is great and funny a bit. BG is unreal and wonderful. Excellent creative work. Thanks for sharing.

Merhaba MF Foozi, a fine cand fantastic capture of this pretty green agamid lizartd a nice POV with excellent lighting and nice composition.
TFS and have a good night!

Hi Foozi,

nice pose and composition.
Very good pov.
Fine colours.


hello Foozi
beautiful decorative picture
nine light and very good colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,
This is a great shot!
I just love the natural light here.
Colour and detail are great too.
Very nice work.

Hello Foozi
What a great shot !!
I like his nice pose, the superb details on his skin and excellent composition
the play with light and shadow are fantastic
TFS Jacqueline

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-13 23:45]

Hello Foozi,
Wonderful shot.Clear details,harmonious colors,DOF,BG and composition are perfect.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-04-14 2:13]

Slav Foozī,
Very good capture.Nice colours and details.
Well done.

Hello Foozi,
a wonderful portrait of Green Crested Lizard, great visual impression of light and shade, superb sharpness and splendid colours well saturated, i like the posture of this beautiful Lizard in a very nice composition, very well done.
Best regards

Hello Foozi, this is definitely a great picture with great timing. This lizard is definitely posing for you. Great lighting here. Amazing sharpness, the textures on its body are visible very clearly. Nice colors.

Hello Foozi,

Well composed and good color tone/sharpness!
This green reptiles is so cute and interesting for me.
And, it's very wonderful about the color contrast between the front and background. Especially, I think that it has put out the effect with a good arrangement of color with the black, green and blue. You are very happy to be able to see these animals and many colorful butterflies in your country.
Excellent work!


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