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Ctenosaura Similis

Ctenosaura Similis
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Copyright: Ricardo Tames Vargas (RII) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F828, Carl Zeiss T* 28-200, Kenko Skylight 1-A
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7, Reptiles - Iguanas 1, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-17 17:06
Viewed: 8829
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Ctenosaura Similis.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family : Iguanidae
Scientific Name: Ctenosaura Similis

Diagnostic Description: The adults can distinguish by dark bands hanchas and poorly defined, are generally four, on their yellow color.

The part dorsal superior can have opaque or orange red spots. The body this place setting of fine grudges and the tail serves to him like defense since posse great grudges and filosas. Garrobo is distinguished of iguana, because it does not have a great grudge in a flank of the head like iguana, furthermore its color is green and the tail is longer and it only is in fresh sites near the rivers.

Distribution: Its distribution this constituted from the south of Mexico to Panama

Natural History: The garrobos are heliotérmics (regulation of temperature by the environment)

They only leave its refuge for asplearce. The corporal temperature that they prefer is of 36-37 degrees, the one that maintain by the termorregulación behavior.

They have very strong claws that help him to investigate quickly. The most common refuges are underneath stones, roots and trunks. The madriguera offers refuge to many animal classes like: mammals, serpents, other small lizards and several invertebrates.

The garrobos are territorial and defend their refuge; the aggressiveness within the territory varies according to the station. The youthful ones in their first year become aggressive but they do not challenge the adults. They can have a friendly association with the female and share refuge.

These it is mainly vegetarian, likes to eat flowers of (rosea Tabebuia) Oak Savannah, (ochracea Tabebuia) Yellow Cortez and others. Also they are predators of bats, rodents, eggs of small lizards, frogs and chicks of small birds.

Maturity both obtains the sexual it to years, the female has a brood of 22 eggs approximately and the adult of 70 eggs. The mating begins in December to February (up to 5 females they can lay eggs in the same madriguera).

The appearance happens from April to Julio. Between its great predators they are serpent, hawks, magpies, foxs, raccoons and the main one of all, the man.

Where To find it: Droughts to the stocky forests can be found from the forests and to the scrubs, the adults are enough arboreal ones and also terrestrial, in the nights they happen in hollows of trees and they raise to supply in the highest branches.

strahos, writerscrawlz, marhowie, loot, zulfu, vanderschelden, ramthakur, maurydv, pablominto, Luis52, jeanpaul, oscarromulus, JPlumb, valy67 has marked this note useful
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very nice shot of this amazing lizard! very nice detail from the proper focus. nice backround and composition.
I'll try to make a WS to correct some colours if you don't mind

What an amazing shot - especially how clear his eye is! Love the pose, and that DOF really makes this fellow stand out!

Excellent portrait work Ricardo.
Very good exposure, natural color, DOF, POV, and sharp details..

Great shot! Excellent details. And the folds of the skin make it look like some lizard of the dinosaur era!! Sharply focussed bright eye with reflections on it also look lively. Excellent work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-17 19:33]
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Hi Ricardo

This is a great portrait of the Black spiny-tailed iguana (garrobos). I see Wikipedia says that it is the fastest running lizard on earth and it can grow up to an impressive 1.5m. It seems like you were very fortunate to capture it while it was "resting" as it gave you a good opportunity for this photo (chuckle).

I like the nice sharp details and the natural colours of this shot. The OOF and isolated BG does well to make the reptile stand out beautifully. The exposure levels were well managed and you did excellent work to capture this at 1/30 second shutter speed without any camera movement showing at all.

Well done and TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-17 20:46]

Hi Richardo,
Perfect shot of this giant lizard. TFS. Regards,

Well done, Ricardo
Amazing reptile.
Well composed.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-06-17 22:51]

Impressionnant animal qui semble surveiller le photographe du coin de l'oeil.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-18 0:06]

Hi Ricardo,

A great close up with superb colors and detail,the low POV is well choen,tfs


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-18 4:25]

Hello Ricardo,
Great photo of this Lizard. Excellent composition and sharpness. Very nice BG. The natural colours, DOF and POV are very good. Ilias (strahos)has done the WS for me, because I think more contrast is possible.

Hello Ricardo,
First of all, I cannot express in words my pleasure in seeing you return to TN.
Anyway, welcome back, my friend.

What a fantastic creature, this Garrobo!
What is more, this is the kind of professional work that sets you apart as a nature photographer of great distinction.
Superb portrait with unbelievable clarity and details.
Thanks and best regards.

Splendido ritratto di questa iguana, eccellenti POV e composizione con la postura tipica, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi l'occhio e "texture", molto belli i coloriu e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ricardo,

This is a fine portrait of this fellow!
Excellent details within the focal range, and the background is nicely blurred to enhance the subject...
A fine composition, good colour palette!

Pablo -

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-19 7:15]

Me da mucho gusto poder volver a ver Tus finas fotos otra vez aqui, todas con gran calidad y talento, como se muestra en esta bella foto de la Iguana, que por cierto de alguna manera se asocia con nuestro gran pais por sus vistosos colores. Alta calidad y exelente nitidez en la presentacion, por lo que se aprecian finos detalles en la piel y los ojos de este hermoso ejemplar.
Un saludo y un abrazo paisano.

Hola Ricardo,
eh!¿qué pasó? ¿estabas perdido?. Has vuelto con una muy bella foto, un gran primer plano der este lagarto. Excelente nitidez y detalles.
Me alegra que subas nuevas fotos

Hi Ricardo
Bon retour sur le site ,cela faisait un bout de temps que tu n'avais pas publié.
Superbe pose, les contraste sont excellent et les couleurs superbe.

Félicitations pour le beau spécimen.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-20 13:22]

Hola Ricardo
Vaya un retrato más genial de este interesante lagarto! Fíjate que mirada y qué ojo más lindo! Extraordinaria precisión en el enfoque y magnífico encuadre y composición. Me encanta.
Felicidades y muchas gracias por compartirla.
Un cordial saludo

Hi Ricardo,
This is a superb portrait of a specie that I don't see here. Composition, exposure and details are excellent! This fellow looks like he's almost smiling. This is very well done! Greetings,

GREAT amount of details registered, making this image TRUELY OUTSTANDING.
I loved the EDUCATIVE notes too.
Mario with friendly greetings from Calgary.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-06-22 23:51]

Hello Ricardo, this is a very good portrait of this Garrobo. This is a new species for me, and you have done a very good job in the presentation, so I thank you for that. Positioning in the frame is very good, with excellent depth of field, providing very excellent detail and colour. Love that eye.

Thanks, John

Que bien vernos por aqui otra vez.
La verdad es que nosotros también estuvimos ausentes una temporada, asi que fenomenal el haber coincidido.
Con fotos como esta ya me dirás que recomendaciones te voy a dar, más bien me las tendrás que dar tu a mi.
La pose es perfecta y los detalles, colores e iluminación de lo más natural, una toma muy elegante.
Encantado de encontrarte otra vez y nuestros mejores saludos.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-29 8:17]

Hi Ricardo,
Outstanding shot of this great looking Iguana with very impressive sharpness and clarity. Nice pose captured and the scales on its body looks distinct. The red eye looks awesome. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-06-29 13:01]

Hello Ricardo !
What a great portrait of this iguana ! He really lokks like some kind of dinosaur ! :-) The details on the face and the scales are amazing, and I also like his pose, and the way he is looking at you, with a nice catchlight in the eye. Composition and POV are excellent too. Very well done !

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-06-30 5:32]

hello Ricardo
very good portrait of this lizard.
Great sharpness, lighting, DOF and background

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-07-06 1:13]

hello Ricardo
really its wonderful portrait photo
POV, BG, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

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