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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: 2005-05-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/584 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-28 7:23
Viewed: 5872
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are six species of these large (350mm), plump skinks found throughout Australia. This one is the most common, an Eastern Blue-tongue (Tiliqua scincoids), and as the name suggests all six species have large blue-coloured tongues.
They can be found in just about every type of habitat except rainforest and the alpine region of the southeast. In large populated areas such as Sydney and Wollongong, they can occasionally be found in people’s backyards, though as you can imagine, domestic cats and dogs do like to eat them. In urban areas they are beneficial to gardens as they love eating snails and slugs, so most people like having them around and children often keep them as pets. In the wild they eat a wide variety of insects, flowers and fruits.
They are slow moving and are generally found only between late spring and early autumn, basking in the early moring sun. This one was a most unexpected find in late autumn.
When disturbed they can inflate their bodies, hiss and extend their very large blue tongue.
These large skinks breed during summer and give birth to 15-25 live young.

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Hello Chris, This has great sharpness, DOF and details..You can just see the tip of that blue-tonque, cool..Very good POV - Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-28 7:31]

Hello Chris!
Wonderful shot with great details.Colors,DOF and composition are excellent.TFS.

Hi Chris!
Very nice shot.Clear details and composition are perfect.Thanks for shaing.

Great shot, Chris.
Very good sharpness with good details.
Good colours, well composed and good POV.
Very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-28 11:45]

This common skink is very interesting for me Chris. Very nice composition, sharpness and Dof.
Thanks for sharing.

Good image of this skink, Chris.
Details are sharp, color and POV are great.
Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-05-28 12:23]

What a sharp shot of this skink. Interesting animal. Good light and composition. I wish I could see his blue tongue out. TFS. : )

Another "newbie" for me Chris. :) A skink of 350mmm is a huge critter. Very nice details and DOF, exposure is spot on. Very well done.

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  • Pedda Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
  • [2005-05-28 15:26]

Hi Cris,
It's a well exposured and sharp picture that I really like. Great composition and DOF as well.

Thanks for sharing

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-28 16:46]

Very sharp and bright caught. Never seen this one before. Looks pretty dangerous to me.
Well done. My compliments.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-29 3:42]

Beau reptile bien mis en valeur dans cette composition photographique. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Interesting & well done !

nice little critter he looks to be young and looks a lot like my one i have here at home keep up the great work

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-01 12:39]

Chris, excellent sharpness and pov to depict this (to me) different creature.

Well spotted. A great photo.

i have never seen this! beautifully composed and very very good sharpness...thanks for sharing this:)

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  • pathy (73)
  • [2005-08-16 17:53]
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nous n'avons pas ce genre de reptiles en France et heureusement !!! belle capture d'image

Very good shot. I have never seen such a skink. Rather large - 35 cm. High quality shot. Good sharpness, details, colors and DOF.

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