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Leiocephalus carinatus

Leiocephalus carinatus
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-01-19 8:46
Viewed: 1945
Points: 27
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Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Leiocephalidae
Genus: Leiocephalus
Species:L. carinatus

Leiocephalus carinatus, commonly known as the northern curly-tailed lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Leiocephalidae (curly-tailed lizards).
It is native to the Bahama Islands, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, and Honduras,but also was released intentionally in Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1940s in an attempt to control sugar cane pests.
Adults may attain a snout to vent length (SVL) of 10.5 cm (4.1 in), or a total length, including the tail, of 26 cm (10 in). The dorsal scales are keeled and pointed. L. carinatus resembles lizards of the genus Sceloporus, but with the tail usually curled upward, especially when the lizard is in a horizontal position on rocks or on the ground.An active, robust lizard, it is mostly terrestrial and will retreat into a burrow or cavity when frightened. It prefers sunny areas with loose rubble and rock. In the Cayman Islands a large captured specimen was observed to consistently burrow completely under the sand in a holding tank, even though a rock retreat was provided. The lizard also "played dead" when handled and remained completely motionless for a short while after being put down.

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Hi, Luciano.Well seen and posted this northern curly tailed lizard. As usual good sharpness and nice pose. The colors, texture of this lizard all over the body is incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Ciao Luciano, questo l'hai rubato da Jurassic park, favoloso mostro, nitidezza e dettagli al top e tutto il resto di gran classe, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Very nice point of view, Luciano. With the light falling on the Lizard from behind, some wonderful contrasts including its shadow have been captured.

hallo Luciano
super good picture of this beautiful lizard
nice light and good details
thanks gr lou

Hello Luciano,
Excellent image with nice details. Lovely focus and perfect clarity. Very good composition. Nice colorful lizard.
Thanks for visiting my gallery.

Hello Luciano
What an interesting and unique looking Lizard you found. I love his curly tail and and textured skin, especially around his eye. Excellent colour, lighting and detail.
Informative notes too. Have a great day!
TFS Janice

great portrait, greetings Ori

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-01-21 5:40]

Hi Luciano,
A very nice shot marvellous capture from close range,amazing natural colors,
details and nice diagonal composition.
Regards Jiri.

Great shot Luciano,amazing lizard.
Thanks for sharing.


Ciao Luciano

Very interesting post of this lizard, nice composition, good sharpness and details. Exposure likes a lit bit higher as the light was coming behind. A polarizing filter should help for a better image.

Have a nice WE


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2016-01-26 21:14]

Hi Luciano
I had never seen this rare lizard.
Interesting species with corious pattern and tail.


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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2016-01-29 15:08]

Hola Luciano, hermosa especie de reptil que no conocía, me llama la atención su cola tipo Camaleón, linda foto...saludos y gracias por sus comentarios...

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful lizard. Well captured from your POV. Excellent details and prominent clear view. Color looks very natural and true.
But to me POV isn't great; just like ordinary snapshot where you improved it in PP, adding sharpness. I think all subject is Photogenic, but all place not. How it would be if you captured it against such OOF BG; I mean eye-level shot and definitely for that you had to keep your chest on dusty ground.
Another thing I must say here about the semi diagonal cemented path which has crossed just behind the Lizard's head and to me compositionally it's not correct.
Different color patches on path...........very much distracting to me; when I'm watching a NATURE PHOTOGRAPH.
I think you will take it as a Friendly Conversation; the way you show me my mistake/fault to improve my Photography.
And at the end I must say, just ignore it if you are not agree with it.
Thanks for sharing,

Thanks for your scrutiny on my last post. Yes, you are right I used little bit extra SHARPNESS to bring the details out. But you'll not find any HALLOWS surrounding the butterfly. It looks natural against green BG.

Hello Luciano

Excellent shot in a difficult situation, fine POV, its expressive pose
and being framed diagonally it gives dynamism to the image, TFS


Splendid click my friend, you made it look easy to click those living beings, but only us who take cameras know how hard is to click those little guys.
Great, TFS,

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