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Texas Spotted Whiptail

Texas Spotted Whiptail
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-18 12:43
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little guy was very timid and moved extremely fast. He definitely was not up for a photo session but I cornered him long enough to snap this shot. I hope I didn't traumatize the poor thing.

Texas Spotted Whiptail Cnemidophorus gularis (Aspidoscelis gularis)

Slender; 7-8 light stripes separated by light-spotted dark brown to green bands most prominent on sides. Wide light stripe, sometimes split in two, down middle of back. Stripes faded or absent in some populations. Back scales small and round; 8 lengthwise rows of large, smooth rectangular belly scales. Male has reddish throat, bright blue belly, usually black spot on chest. Female has pale pink throat, white belly. Tail pink to brownish-orange. Juveniles are brightly striped; tail and hips reddish.

Subspecies Six to eight; 1 in our range: Texas Spotted Whiptail (C. g. gularis).

Breeding Mates April to May. Clutch of 1-5 eggs is laid May or June, a 2nd clutch in late July.

Habitat Semiarid prairie grasslands, open brushy areas; also arid washes and canyons, frequently in vicinity of streams.

Range Se. New Mexico to s. Oklahoma, south through Texas into Mexico.

Discussion Diurnal. This lizard can be seen scratching in sand or dry leaves in search of prey. It will eat insects and spiders, but termites, grasshoppers, and caterpillars are its staple fare. When disturbed, it dashes off only a few feet before pausing to see if it is being pursued.

nglen, writerscrawlz, gracious, tuslaw, eqshannon, Jamesp, haraprasan, Alex99, fartash, jaycee, iris, oscarromulus, tiobibi, boreocypriensis, jmirah has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-18 12:46]

Hi Angelina. Somthing a bit different from you tonight. Whar a great close up of this Whiptail. You have fine detail and colours. a nice low POV. good notes too. well done TFs.

You have quick eyes, my friend. He certainly blends into his environment, does he not? Nice close up and the POV is wonderful. I'm not sure I'd get that close... The notes really bring this home for me - and by the way, I've missed you. :)

Hello Angy,
How are you! delighted to see your beautiful posting once again!
many thanks for sharing this beautiful Whiptail with such a low pov! good sharpness, natural colour and much details on the body!
take care and my best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-05-18 16:08]

Great closeup Angelina,
Very sharp and with nice details. Good colours and shown in natural habitat.
This little guy reminds me of the ones Rosie and I saw during our trip out west a few years ago. They had blue bellies and they were extremely fast.
I remember a few that I did manage to get close to seemed to be doing push-ups with their front legs. I'm not sure what this behavior was for, but I remember it distinctively. TFS.

Well well are we not having fun yet?:-) Good catch you upbeat person! I find your images almost an inspiration for when I am feeling down..so now you are responsible:-))) Not enough...Very well done Angy! Keep the faith! Keep the faith!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-18 22:23]

Hi Angelina

Great shot - good framing plus great colour and excellent detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Angelina,
A nice capture of this lizard. Very good composition and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-19 6:31]

Hi Angy!!
How have you been? I've missed you and your photos!
This is a fabulous shot of this lizard!
Nice lighting and colours.
Excellent composition and low-down POV.
Great BG.
Well done!!!
Hope to see more from you soon!



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-19 11:34]

Hi Angelina.
Cute shot of a nice lizard. I like excellent low POV and cropping, They are so impressive. I also like great DOF and very good details, natural lights and colours. My best wishes and kind regards.

Dear Angy
Excellent shot of this Jack Lizard :O)
Perfect exposure,composition and POV.Welldone my friend.


Amazing all the different creatures you have down there. This is really good that for how bad he did not want to pose, you managed a nice low down POV.
Must have had to be fast.
Good on you Angelina.
Enjoy your week:)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-21 17:23]

Hi Angy,

Not a typical picture from you! Wonderful shot of this Whiptail with excellent details of his face and skin patterns. You did well catching him. Just got back from Colorado where I saw green and blue water after a long time.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-24 2:54]

Angy, this guy scared me on first sight and then i read your notes and realised how "big" they are...and wow, they seem to really move quick but you still manages a good cpature with good details and in great light.
Very well done.'TFS & cheers

Nice Capture.

Ciao Angelina!
Congratulation for this capture!
I've never seen a Whiptali before.

How was Austin???
Lovely photo of a species I knew nothing of.
Great notes too.

Hello Angelina,

What a cute little fellow!
The low point of view works well for this fine portrait, placing the viewer in an eye-to-eye position...
I see you need 1/500 sec to freeze this little speeder, hehehe!

Pablo -

Hi Angy,

What a great portrait of a whip-tailed lizard with nice details on its scalation. TFS.
Greetings from Cyprus,


Hello Angelina

I am always amazed at how many different types of lizards are out there.
Excellent capture of this one,the details are very good and show well.
Very good skin texture,you can see the difference between the belly and the back.
very good POV.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-17 16:35]

Hi Ange
Nice capture with fine color and POV...You being from West Texas I know you probably had it for dinner...LOL...I never knew the identity but this is probably the kind of lizaed I chased, but never caught, as a kid living in Odessa...TFS

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