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A really big skink

A really big skink
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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: 2004-10-31
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs, Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-22 15:54
Viewed: 7039
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Land Mullet (Ergonia major) is one of the largest skinks in the world, with a total length of over 450mm. It is moderately common in rainforests and wet eucalypt forests of the central east coast, where it lives in extensive burrow systems under logs and between tree roots. They feed to a large extent on fungi and fallen forest fruits, though insects also form part of the diet. Interestingly, they have favoured spots in their small home range where they go to defecate.
Being so big, they are an obvious member of the forest fauna where they occur. They love basking in the sun and make a lot of noise when they scurry through the leaf litter. Despite this, their large size means they have few predators and so they can be easily encountered don the sides of forest trails in national parks and other protected forests during spring and summer. This particular one was found outside his burrow entrance (yop right) during a very quick trip to the lower Barrington Tops National Park. Cropped and resized for TN.

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WOW Chris this is a monitor not a skink. :)

450mm is huge. Great DOF and sharpness. Very, very interesting subject. Pleasure to see this critters you dish up. Great shot.

I have never seen such a thing before, and the texture is really wonderful. Looks prehistoric. You got a very descriptive shot. Thanks for posting.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-01-22 20:13]
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Ce reptile est-il en mouvement ou se dore-t-il tout simplement sous le soleil ? Là est la question. Peu importe, il semble très paisible. Il se confond bien avec son environnement. Bonne photo!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-22 20:50]

Excelent capture and details. Your exposure is well done on this bright day.


Great capture on this skink. Nice sharp detail, and well framed. Excellent notes.

450mm is truly a massive skink. I hope the Lizard Man sees this one.You've captured it well too Chris. Good stuff!

Great capture with good sharpness and details, good DOF and well done to avoid glare on his back and tail. Are those gum leaves he's sitting in?

nice photo good to see a lizard ive never seen be for.

I tired many time to shoot those reptiles but couldn't get a good result, you done it well.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-23 12:19]

Woow i never seen in pic,Good details.

Brrr ;-) I'm affraid even your photo :-)))) But it's mean it is great done and has of course interesting note. Thanks!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-25 8:50]

Chris, beautiful picture. Excellent sharpness and composition. The animal has a nice texture, and it was great to spot it among its environment, which has similar colors.

Very good framing of this critter. I like the environment and the quality of the details. Light reflection on the body is well managed, despite what seems to be sunny conditions. Sure it seems to like basking in the sun, your photo shows that very well. Very good catch.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-25 17:02]

This is a big guy and you managed to get all of him in. The detail is clear accros his whole length. The image sharp and well exposed.

Well done Chris.

I think it's Egernia major. We have a similar species in Papua which occurs also in Oz: Egernia frerei. The BG is a bit cluttered but it really does show the habitat.

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