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Slow Worm

Slow Worm
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-03
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 320
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-06 19:44
Viewed: 4321
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one is from the afternoon of my day out with Emma, we spent the afternoon wandering around Thursely Common looking at the fire damage and the regrowth that was starting to reapear, and the more amazing bit that inspite of being in the centre of the fire area seem to have escaped being burnt, so there were little islands of plants to help regenerate the heath land area.
We found this mature Slow Worm on the edge of the fire area just as we were heading home, already later for tea, so of course we were even later ;0)) by the time we got a few pictures of it.
Looks like a snake but the Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) is actually one of the legless Lizards this one is a full grown female (It has dark sides the male is evenly coloured and aabout 45cm long, its a long time since I have seen one and this was a perfect speciemin the scales of the skin were perfect and a lovely glossy colour so it must of shed its skin quiet recently and seemed well fed inspite of the fire, so there must still be some slugs and snails and other smal insects for it to feed on.
Hope you like her, thanks for looking

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-06 23:30]

Hello Robert

A nice photo of this legless lizard.This was a real eye opener for me as I thought from the thumbnail it was a snake.Thanks for the lesson for today.You can see it's shiny new skin, excellent DOF .I like how you managed it in it's entirety, so good on the POV too. TFS


Hello Robert,

Great illustration of the lizard. Definately looks like a snake, and only few people are able to recognize the characteristics that makes this a lizard not a snake. That's why the animal has to suffer from people that easily get scared for no reason.

Cheers, Petru

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-07 2:10]

Hello Robert,
I usually find slow worms curled up motionless under a stone or log. Your shot of slow worm on the move is unusual for me. Good light detail and comp.
TFS, regards, ivan

Glad to see a nice photo of her - only my close ups were any good, the distance ones like this were not up to scratch with her leaving my DOF :-(

Nicely done and great detail of her.... she is a beauty isn't she.

That middle fungus is developing nicely, got some overhead shots of it last night....


Very interesting capture Robert. It is always an amazing sight to see nature recovering as fast as she does. I don't think I have ever seen this critter before. TFS.

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