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Carolina Anole

Carolina Anole
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Copyright: Penny Harms (nellyemh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 1 N: 159] (767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-16 7:10
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Carolina Anole (Anolis carolinensis), also known as the Green Anole, is an aboreal lizard found primarily in the southeastern parts of the United States and some Caribbean islands. It was described by Voigt in 1832 and Carolus Linnaeus in 1758 (as Lacerta principalis, fide Duméril and Bibron 1837: 121). Common synomyns include the American Anole and Red-throated Anole. It is sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its color-changing abilities, although it is not a chameleon.

This lizard can reach a total length of about 22 cm. Females are slightly smaller (about 16 cm). The male has a dewlap - pink or red in color - that he can extend from his chin as a courtship or territorial display. This dewlap display is often accompanied by head bobbing and "pushups." Green Anoles can have a green or a brown body color, depending on mood, time of day, surroundings, and temperature, with a white underbelly. Males are of solid color across the back, and females have a white stripe along the backbone.

As a defense mechanism, their tails detach with mild force, but missing tails will regenerate. The lost tail piece is left twitching as a distraction as the lizard escapes. Also, like a chameleon, their eyes move independently of one another.

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Hi Penny,

Nice pose of the lizard. Crispy and sharp photograph. The backdrop suggest that they are virtually invisible in their element.



Fantastic capture of unknown for me species, Penny! Beautiful posture of the lizard, impressive dept of field and sharpness! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Penny,
this lizard is so beautiful with its fresh green colour. Also sitting and posing for you very nice. Good sharpness, warm colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-16 11:43]

Hi Penny
Wonderful capture of this lovely lizard!
Great POV and good BG.
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hello Penny,
Amazing species with fantastic colours. Your composition is great, with perfect focus and lighting. TFS. Cheers,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-16 20:26]

Hello Penny
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing

Hi Penny!
Thanks for your kind critique on my recent picture. I appreciate it.
Your profile suggests you were drawn into nature photography in a gradual process of switching from one theme to the other. Now that I have had a quick look at your work, I'm convinced you do it with great passion and dedication.
Your picture of this green Lizard is excellent in every respect -- point of view, framing focus and composition. It has a perfect balance. The colour tones are natural despite the fact that light seems to have more intensity than normal. Looks like you took this shot late in the morning.
All in all, it is a lovely nature picture accompanied by a well worded note on the species.
Thanks and regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-17 7:29]

Hello Penny,
The composition with the lichen covered tree trunk, BG, POV, colors and sharpness all contribute to an excellent porrtrait of this striking green lizard, the Carolina Anole.
This image is great to view and thanks for sharing it.
Nice to see you back in action on TN too!

Hi Penny,

Wow! That picture is absolutely fantastic and for me perfect composed!
I love it!


Hello Penny,

The vivid green color of lizard body with all the details of the offering is a great attraction.
Light, sharpness, detail, perspective and composition is really excellent.
Very interesting and beautiful as a reptile species.
My interest in reptiles I've never seen before, although large.
Thank you for sharing this beauty.

Best Regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-06-21 18:43]

Hello Penny,
The lime green color of this cute little guy is a real eye catcher. The detail is great and the colorful blurred BG makes your attention focus on the subject. Well done!!

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