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Chuckwalla basking

Chuckwalla basking
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 3:05
Viewed: 4385
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wikipedia about chuckwallas: Harmless to humans, these lizards are known to run from potential threats; a tight rock crevice is sought wherein the Chuckwalla will inflate its body with air in order to entrench itself.

Males are seasonally and conditionally territorial; an abundance of resources tends to create a hierarchy based on size, with one large male dominating the area's smaller males. Chuckwallas use a combination of colour and physical displays, namely "push ups", head-hobbing, and gaping of the mouth to communicate and defend their territory (see animal communication). In lean periods no territories are observed.

Chuckwallas are diurnal animals and as they are exothermic, spend much of their mornings and winter days basking. These lizards are well adapted to desert conditions; they are active at temperatures of up to 102F (39C). Chuckwallas hibernate during cooler months and emerge in February.

Mating occurs from April to July, with 5-16 eggs laid between June and August. The eggs hatch in late September. Chuckwallas may live for 25 years or more.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-05-10 7:30]

Salut Radule, frumoasa-i dihania asta. Pe unde ai dat de ea domnule? Cam ce lungime are?
Spilberg a vazut-o?
Succes, Dan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-11 3:27]

Hello Stranger,
I know this guy. I remember seeing him running around in the desert of Arizona. : )
Very sharp details on that amazing red body.
Great pose: He acts as though he owns the world.
How are you?
TFS. ; )

Hi Radu,
Great close-up of this chuckster. The last time I got 86'd from a bar I ran between some bolted down bar stools and puffed out in defense, it took the bouncers several hours to unwedge me(Just kidding). It's really nice to see you posting again. :)

Hello Radu,
This is nice to see a new post from you. So you are OK and well? It seems that it has been a long time since you posted on this site! This is a very good portrait of this strange lizard. Details, composition, POV and exposure are very good. Nice one and TFS,
PS, I have just seen that you posted another picture recently... I hope that life is good with you. Cheers!

Amazing details, wonderful pose and colors!
Glad you are back!

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