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On The Hunt!

On The Hunt!
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Copyright: John Maddocks (jmaddocks) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 0 N: 44] (180)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-30
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 10:07
Viewed: 3524
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spotted this little anole while visiting Epcot with my wife. He was stealthily making his way through the foliage, looking for his next meal. My two sons are expert anole catchers. It is not an uncommon to see them both with a couple in each hand. I, however, do not share this skill, and must rely on my camera to get up close and personal with them.

The Brown Anole:

Description: Its maximum length is 8.5 inches. Coloring varies from gray, black, brown to very dark brown and sometimes speckled coloration which may vary in hue. Males turn almost black during territorial displays. Females have diamond-shaped patterns down back. Males may display patterns, but never diamond shapes. Dewlaps are red to red-orange with a yellow border. Mature males will also have crest-like ridge along back.

Food: Mostly insects but occasionally green anole hatchlings when they come to the ground.

Habitat: Ground dweller but will venture up several feet into trees and shrubs. Prefers drier areas.

Lifespan: Around 3 years.

Breeding: Mates late spring to early summer. 2 eggs per clutch and several clutches each summer. Eggs laid under decaying vegetation on the ground take 60-90 days to hatch.


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Hi John,
this is a cool guy, looking very curious at your camera. A nice motive with good sharpness and warm light, thanks you, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-10 14:33]

very differcult shot John,
the sharpnes is very good,
the composition is differcult, I mean you can not have a pov on the reptile himself, if you know what I mean. farther good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-10 23:32]

John, you did great in spotting this.

The whole environment is quite busy, but that's what shooting nature is all about.

I like pov, composition and pose.

Excellent sharpness.


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