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Blue-tongued Skink


Blue-tongued Skink
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot SX210IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-22 0:33
Viewed: 2982
Points: 6
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Blue-tongued Skink
Tiliqua scincoides

The common blue-tongued skink spends the majority of its day searching the ground for food and basking in the sun. At night it seeks shelter in logs, leaf litter or other ground debris. Although a normally shy and docile animal, when disturbed it will stand its ground and present a formidable appearance. Puffing up its broad, flat body, it can transform itself into a larger, more threatening opponent. Opening its bright, pink mouth and thrusting out a startling blue tongue, it will emit a loud hiss. Although a blue-tongued skink has no well defined teeth, it is capable of a powerful and painful bite, and will tenaciously hang on to its adversary. A blue-tongued skink can make a hasty retreat, and if grabbed from the rear by a predator will shed its tail. The lost portion of the tail will eventually grow back.

All species of blue-tongue skinks are found in Australia except for Tiliqua gigas, which occurs from New Guinea west to Sumatra!
In general, skinks have rather heavy tails and short or missing limbs, adaptations that enhance their ground-dwelling and burrowing lifestyle.

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Hallo Manyee
Great eye contact you have here with this fellow. The details of the shiny skin and the texture of the scales is well photographed and seen with great clarity. The eye, opening to the nostrils and the lining of its beak is great to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-22 1:13]

Hello Manyee,
impressive shot!
great sharpness and fine details, excellent POV , beautiful natural colors.
(the eye is fantastic)
Thanks for sharing
Enrico

Hello Manyee,
Nive and impressive shot, really a very eloquent POV, i send congratulations by the correct exposure levels and white balance.
Regards
TFS
Jesús

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