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Acanthodactylus erythrurus

Acanthodactylus erythrurus
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-05-16
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-200 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-10-27 1:00
Viewed: 951
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bicycling in Tunisia:
The Spiny-footed Lizard, Acanthodactylus erythrurus (Schinz), Europäischer Fransenfinger, Lacertidae, is a common sight in Jebel Châmbi National Park. But it runs straight and at great speed with its tail raised, so it took a while to get a shot. The distribution of the species ranges from Northwest Africa to the Iberian peninsula. You notice the spines at the hind toes to which the english name refers to.

Jebel Châmbi National Park is situated between Kasserine and the Algerian border, which makes it a hiding place for wandering guerilleros. But security in Tunisia is excellent, maintained by police and military forces, just have a word with them before travelling in sensitive areas. In my case a soldier even helped me to find interesting lizards!

The zoologist who first described the Spiny footed Lizard scientifically ist the Swiss Heinrich Rudolf Schinz, born 1777. As a professor of zoology at the University of Zurich he founded the Zoological Museum which is still worth visiting today.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-10-27 6:50]

Hello Dietrich,
The problem with lizards and snakes especially is unless they curl their tails a bit they are hard to fit properly into a frame. You are left with a shot where the specimen is so tiny that we can't see much detail in their body features. Fortunately this guy gave you a great pose allowing us to view its unique facial and body features in wonderful detail. A beautiful Spiny-footed lizard indeed!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-10-27 13:37]

Hi Dietrich,not easy to watch in this perfect camouflage with the same colors of the ground,and not easy to identify. A great capture from above,with a very professional sharpness,curious species,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Dietrich
great pose of this lizard
good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Hello Dietrich,
Beautiful exposure to capture this Lizard. POV doesn't allow me to plunge into its world, I mean in such place I would go to ground level shot and yes, in such way you have to keep your chest on ground. Then you will get stunning OOF BG and against it this lizard would come out attractive.
Can see its spiny foot.
Thanks for showing,
Regards and have a nice WE,

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