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Black and White Tegu

Black and White Tegu
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-06 18:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]

Black and White Tegu (Tupinambis teguixin)


I had entered did few minutes to the reserve and to the few meters, looking for insects between a sector of scrubs, I began to hear noises that came from the zone that was behind mine.

I waited for seconds and... it suddenly appeared this lizard of approx 1 meter in length in tod its splendor (including the end of its tongue outwards).
It is first that I have the luck to see this year.

The Tegu is one of those of greater size anywhere in the world and greatest of those than they live in the country.
Some units can reach a length of 1.50 meters, but usually they do not exceed the meter of length, half of which corresponds to the tail.

They live in subtropical climates and humid temperings, near rivers, lagoons and other water obstacles and in which rains oscillate between the 600 and the 1,600 annual millimeters.

It is distributed in an ample zone that includes the Chacopampean plain and the Mesopotamia.
In addition to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, in the center and north of South America its distribution is ample.

Like all the poiquilotherms - animals of "cold blood" -, these lizards cannot internally regulate the internal temperature of their body.

The greater activity begins towards the eleven in the morning and decreases remarkably from the four of afternoon.
In this lapse they take baths from sun, more or less prolonged according to the climatic conditions and after which they are dedicated to its feeding or hunts.

The overo lizard hibernate in the cold months.
In Argentina this happens, approximately, between March ends and August ends, but always he is subject to the environmental conditions.

When seeing the female, the male shakes his voluminous neck and emits a slight snore, beginning the pursuit.
Once fertilized, the female dedicates itself to the construction of the cave in which there will be to deposit eggs.

Although the females construct their own caves for the egg-laying, males and females usually dig others to hibernate or to protect themselves.
But not always the caves in which they take refuge or they hibernate are fruit of their own work: with great sense of the opportunity they take advantage of natural corners, like cracks of trunks and anthills.

During a combat they can lose the tail, but this one returns to regenerate, although it does not get to obtain the same size that the original one. Anyway, their more effective defense is their powerful teeth.

(Trans. of Babel Fish)

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Most excellent head-shot my friend! The detail is fantastic & the tonque action is timely & adds interest...Great supporting notes - Well done!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2004-10-07 0:08]

I like to see details like this. Your note is instructive. Nothing more to write. TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-07 3:12]

A great shot.
Excellent detail,almost 3D.
A great note too,very well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-07 3:32]

I see that he reacts in very much the same way as humen men when seeing a female:) The detail and sharpness in this shot is absolutely stunning. Excellent portrait.

Thanks for posting

WOW! He looks enormous. Very nice cpature with good details of the reptile. It shows the scales really very nice. I have not seen this before and therefore very gratefull. TFS.

Very good Ricardo.
It looks like a monster;-)
Excellent sharpnesss with good details and good colours.
Good note.
Well done.

The detail and sharpness of the image is brilliant, an excellent portrait. The workshop comparison is good, but that image would look good as a pano shot and you could then post a bigger image.
The Cannon Pro1 is obviously a good camera with a very nice lens and your work in TN is excellent. I am enjoy reading about the fauna from your country very much.

Excelente publicación, la foto es muy buena, la nota inmejorable y te agradezco el workshop de cuerpo entero.
Las texturas están perfectamente definidas con una iluminación que parece de estudio. Gracias Ricardo por la calidad general mostrada aqui.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-07 8:49]
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Lovely work Ricardo, I used to keep one these as pets when I was young (and igunanas, we all make mistakes!) and they have a nasty, nasty bite. Lovely head shot which I prefer to the complete version. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-07 11:43]

Voici un beau portrait ! De cette excellente netteté il en ressort bien les détails. Super photo et super note !
Very well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-07 12:45]

What a close up,
You came really close to it, very nice and detail full shot, good colours and what a note, very good job you did.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555)
  • [2004-10-07 13:50]

Hi Ricardo
I see you also go for the mug-shots, this is nice, showing so much detail, which I love. I see he just shedded the old skin. Love that bit of tongue sticking out!

Le détail est stupéfiant de netteté, bravo. Dommage que je ne comprends pas l'anglais pour la note. Merci. Rudy.

Very fine details and colors of this strange and impressive animal! Very nice job!

Hola Ricardo.

Que buena macro con gran nitidez en los detalles, parece que se va a salir por la pantalla.


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