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Heads or Tails?

Heads or Tails?
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Copyright: Josien Greidanus (Josien) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 5 N: 43] (166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-04
Categories: Reptiles
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-04 11:42
Viewed: 4381
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I encountered this lizard on a stone wall near Santana, Madeira. There were many more lizards on the wall (and on the island for that matter), but what made this one so special is its tail. Or rather: its two tails! I had never seen something like this before! You can't see a lot of the beautiful surroundings in this picture, but the Laurissilva forest, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, is really special to see.

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Hello Josien,
Welcome on TN! This is a great shot. Really amazing to see a lizard with two tails! The colours and sharpness are excellent. A beautiful species. Friendly regards,

Ciao Josien, a great welcome on TN, splendid portrait of amazing lizard with two tails, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Josien,
Lovely capture with excellent colours and great details.
Amazing sharpness and superb background.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-04 12:29]

Hallo Josien,
Prachtige foto van deze hagedis. Bij toeval zag ik dit weekend voor het eerst een foto van een hagedis met een dubbele staart. Nadat de eerste is afgebroken, schijnt het wel meer voor te komen dat er een dubbele aangroeit. Ik had dit ook nog nooit gezien.
Super scherp en vanuit een perfect standpunt genomen. Jammer dat f 7.1 niet voldoende was om nog wat meer scherpte te krijgen. Schitterende natuurlijke kleuren met een erg mooie passende achtergrond.

Hallo Josien,

neem ik gelijk deze maar mee.
Prima scherpe foto met een mooi laag standpunt.
Zeer mooie dof en egale achtergrond.

Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.
Ook deze wordt niet verwijderd hoor, wel jammer dat ik hem gemist heb.


Hi Josien, this bifurcated tail stemning from their regeneretion ability. Sometimes tails when injured can not be discarded and from injured area can grow additional tail. This even is very widespread between lizardas MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hi Josien,

this shot is not so rare, here in Italy is "common" enough to see lizards with two tails.Finding one it's a kind of amulet, above all in the south of my country.Bayram, above, explained you the reason for this.
This photo is interesting also for the quality of details, the scales above all, and for the hint of the Laurisilva forest in Madeira one of most beautiful places i ever seen.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-04 23:09]
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Hello Josien
Very nice image and with excellent details. When I took photos with animals I prefer to let a little more space in frint of the subject to show the moving of that animal, but this only in my opinion.
Thanks for sharing

a wonderful species. great macro shot. nice timing. thanks for sharing.

nice capture, rare tail growing, tfs

So interesting pose.
Good details. Green background is super.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-12 4:42]

Hello Josien,
Very interesting picture of a two-tailed lizard. We don't see often this kind of double regeneration. The lizard itself has something very archaic and you show it with a very well composed shot. I like a lot the point of view you have chosen. Natural colors and excellent sharpness too. Well done.
Kind regards

Hello Josien,
remarkable documentation of a two-tailed lizard, my congratulations. Excellent work - well taken from a dramatically low point of view, with both the lizard's face and the tail in perfect sharpness! Nice pastel colours in the dim light.
Madeira does hold some treasures in its dense subtropical laurissilva forests, with many unique relics from the time before ice-age that may be found nowhere else but maybe in far distant Northern India. I very much enjoyed a trip to the island a few years ago, too.
Thank you!
With best regards,

P.S.: Thank you for your visit and kind words of critique to my latest posting on a longhorn beetle a few weeks ago!

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