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It's Cool To Be Green

It's Cool To Be Green
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-28
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 24-105 f/4 USM IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 21:58
Viewed: 5218
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken through glass at the Arataki Visitor Centre situated in the Waitakere Ranges. Nose is a tad soft, but it is a cute little guy and worth sharing!

Green Gecko (Naultinus elegans)

Live: Upper third of North Island of New Zealand, some Hauraki Gulf islands.

Habitat: The habitat of this gecko is forest or scrub, especially kanuka and manuka.

Diet and care: In the Zoo the green gecko is fed live flies, nectar water and fruit puree. Fed several times each week, less in winter. Checked daily.

Breeding: Usually 2 young are born.
A pregnant lizard is referred to as 'gravid', whether carrying eggs or live young. All New Zealand gecko species give birth to tiny young.

Conservation status: Protected native species, endemic.

General: Usually a bright apple-green, this gecko may also be a bright yellow. It may be unmarked or have stripes, blotches or spots of yellow, pink or white. Inside the mouth is bright blue. It has excellent camouflage.This lizard is diurnal and arboreal, hunting and foraging mainly in trees and shrubs.

Predators of this small lizard include birds of prey, kingfishers and many introduced animals such as magpies, cats, rats, ferrets, mice and hedgehogs.

Most geckos will lose their tails if threatened. The tail is important for balance, grip and fat storage, so always take care not to hold any lizard by the tail. Once lost, although the lizard will recover, it is a serious loss of resource.

Reference from: http://www.hamiltonzoo.co.nz/page/pageid/2145835227/Green_Gecko

Argus, boreocypriensis, CatherineD, haraprasan, purohit, bahadir, sway has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-28 22:28]

Nice capture Pam!
A well-composed frontal POV of the Green Gecko taken in low lighting that has been used well with nice focusing. Great that you avoided using flash.
Nice smiley expression that deserves a top smile!

Hi Pam,

This is an incredible capture of this lovely beauty:). As if he is laughing to us:). Great composition, exposure and effective POV. Well taken!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-29 0:55]

Hello Pam,
Long time ago. Nice to see a photo from you. Beautiful photo in great contrasting colours. Pleasing fontal POV and choice of composition. Lovely expression on the face.

Hello Pam,
What a beauty! Excellent capture with interesting composition. Very pretty smiling face. Thanks for the info too. Best regards,

Hi Pam,
A lovely capture of this beautiful green Gecko. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Pam,
Great capture of elegant Green Gecko in nice pose, fine details and splendid sharpness. I like the vertical composition, his pose on the branch and the expression on his face, great natural colors very well done,
Anil Purohit

Hello Pam
Very lovely and beautiful shot of these smiling gecko beauty:).
Nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2010-09-10 18:55]

Wow, very cool shot and colours :)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2011-08-04 3:50]

I love the smile on his face.
Beautiful shot. Fantastic composition

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