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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Australian Reptiles and Frogs, My east Australian desert trip, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-07 5:11
Viewed: 8883
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The last sample from my recent trip to the eastern deserts. This is a Stumpy-tail or Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa), which belongs to the blue-tongue lizard family.
During summer these lizards can be locally common in the eastern semi-arid interior of the continent. The two common names above are derived from obvious morphological features; the very short, stumpy tail and the very large scales (see workshop which emphasises the scale size).
They are a large lizard growing to around 300mm and are usually very slow-moving, a big disadvantage when crossing roads. Their only defence against predators when caught out in the open is to open their wide pink mouth, extend their blue tongue and hiss. Their scales are very think, making biting through them a tough job.
Interestingly, they mate for life, though the happy couple don’t hibernate through the winter together and so they meet up again each spring. The female plays hard-to-get and its amusing watching the male plod after the female through the open woodlands.

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Excellent shot Chris! these shinglebacks definitely live up to there name with those cool shingle like scales. Well done. :)

It no doubt looks amazing (on the WS photo too).
This shot is quite busy, but you've captured superb moment here.
I like it very much.

Its a interesting capture of a lovely reptile. Quite a pose too. The light was not in your favour here, Chris. Well done.

Hi Chris,
I admit I have never seen this lizard before. This one is really interesting and unique. Great pose you captured here. Your workshop showing the other POV is very helpful. The colors and detail look excellent. Nice work!

Very interesting and curious animal.Strange defense.
Shot taken technicaly and artistic perfect.

Regards, Petru

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-07 14:04]

Lots of action Chris! POV and pose are great. Reptile and desert BG looks very... Australian ;-) I like it!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-07 18:00]

Well captured intesting pose, though the BG is very busy. I also like your workshop very much, it shows the pine cone shape due to the strange scales very nicely. Excellent + very interesting post!
Kind regards,

FEEd me! she says! Excelent colors and splendid reptilian, Chris!

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-07 18:56]

Hi Chris,
Very interesting shot and great moment,
good colour and nice framing.
Well done!

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-07 21:05]

Formidable looking! Good thing, I reckon, cause by your note that sounds like his only defense.
Great shot Chris!
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2005-12-07 21:32]

Hola Chris: Definitively the lizards are not my favorite ones (although here in Tabasco many species exist I prefer to only see them in pictures), however, this image captures my attention: in the first place the great coloring of their throat and in second place their paws, their too short fingers: me to hope to see in him waited some long fingernails, the taking is impressive: I imagine the sound emitted from for that throat. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-08 1:02]

Hum! Nice to meet you too!
Great "You are welcome" factor ;-)
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Chris. Great encounter!

Have a Great holiday season Chris.
Thank you and a Happy New Year!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:16]

This is an excellent shot. Very good POV and compo. Ialso like the colour tone. I owe you a smiley.

Quelle richesse d'image et quelle nettetté. Merci. Rudy

Nice lizard shot. Great pose with open mouth. Very good colors and details in head, mouth. Sharp.

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