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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-S50
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Geckos 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-22 4:49
Viewed: 4695
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, my house here in Riyadh is turning into a sort of mini zoo, going by the frequency of encounters I have had with some of these visitors/residents in the past one month or so.
This morning, this small gecko gave me a bit of a surprise in the shower room when I found it sharing the shower with me! But then it is very hot here these days and this gecko too has a right to chill out, isn't it?
I shot a series of pictures of this lizard, but none of them is really very sharp or crisp in focus. Anyway, here is one of them.


Order Squamata
Suborder Gekkota
Family Gekkonidae (Geckoes)
Number of species: about 1050
In general, geckos may be divided into 2 primary groups: species with immovable, or fixed, eyelids (Gekkoninae, Teratoscincinae, and Diplodactylinae), and species which possess a movable eyelid (Aleuroscalabotinae & Eublepharinae). Geckos which possess fixed eyelids can be further divided on the basis of the presence (arboreal), or lack of presence (generally terrestrial), of sub-digital lamellae. Normally, the tail length of most gecko species is nearly equal to the snout-vent length and is expressed in a great variety of textures, shapes, and sizes. Additionally, the presence of either round pupils (diurnal) or vertically oriented pupils (nocturnal) helps to distinguish several genera. A number of arboreal species exhibit a stunning degree of beautiful green, red, and blue coloration (notably, species of Phelsuma and Naultinus). Finally, scalation characteristics range from the tile-like network (smooth, cycloid, imbricate) to be found on Teratoscincus, Geckolepis, and Teratolepis, to among some of the most minute, velvety-textured, granular scales exhibited in several Oedura species.

Among the genera which attain the smallest of size, the Sphaerodactylus species must surely be the most recognized, with several growing to only 30 mm in total length. The largest recorded species are Rhacodactylus leachianus, Gekko gecko, Gekko smithi, Uroplatus fimbriatus and Saltuarius cornutus, with total lengths in excess of 350 mm. Presently, Rhacodactylus leachianus is regarded as having the greatest snout-vent length of 240mm, with a tail length of less than the 50% of the snout-vent length. The largest known (recent) fossil species are Phelsuma gigas (total length more than 500mm) and Hoplodactylus delcourti (total length of the only known specimen measures 622mm). Both species are presumed extinct, yet the possibility for the continued existence of the latter has been recorded.

Source: http://www.embl-heidelberg.de/~uetz/families/Gekkonidae.html

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Very interesting species and the story Ram! This one was in your shower room! I'm really surprised, Saudi Arabia has great species indeed, though it has so warm climate! I like its eyes and fingers also! Great pov and very nice details! I understand this gecko why want to take a shower with you! It has a right to chill out absolutely my friend! and you're so kind hospitable, it is a lucky guest surely! Thank you!

One day you will wake up and find an elephant under your bed ;-)

Very interesting shot of this visitor. Strange green colors, but that looks fine. A little more sharpness and it would be really good!

What a beautiful visitor ! Very kind from you to share your shower with him ! :-)) Excellent details, colors and composition, and I like this bright green BG, it's unusual and gets along very nicely with the gecko's colors. very well done !

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-22 7:45]

Hi Ram,
Do Geckos change colour? It looks like this one is doing his best to turn green. And you are correct, he too has the right to chill a little :-) Interesting shot and note, it's a nice shot too, excellent POV/framing. A nice post, thanks for sharing with us!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-22 9:32]

Hello Ram,
I'm very fond of geckos and pleased to see this little fellow on the coloured wall.
Good composition!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-06-22 9:38]

Hi Ram,
Again your shot makes me draw breath!! I don't know why but geckos send shivers down my spine. That apart, I like the simplicity of the shot and the angle of framing. I see you are getting there with focussing.
Well captured and TFS

PS - as far as I know, Geckos do not change colour[I do, in their presence]:-)

Hello Ram,
Those guys never stop to amaze, you're lucky to have them around!
Obviously you don't have to go far to find some interesting photo subjects!
This one is well framed in a nice composition, but as you say... sharpness could possibly be a tad better
Pablo -


Very interesting note. A vivid and colourful picture. Good contrast between background and the gecko. I like the dynamic composition too.

Best wishes.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-22 15:04]

Hello Ram,
nice shot of this Gecko. Nice POV and good details are nice and sharp.

Hi great perspective,
what can I say? Nice light, details, colours, POV....
Every thing is great!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-22 15:57]

Hi Ram,
What a confortable place to take shots! (LOL)
A very lovely shot with a perfect background for this cute animal. POV and composition are fine.
I suppose that some members of your family can disagree this this.:)

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-22 17:58]

Hi Ram, I think this is very effective shot. The green background works really well in producing a striking image. I love the way it is trying to blend in with this bright colour. Great shot and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-22 18:09]

Hi Ram
Beautiful thing (gecko). Looks so sweet. Well seen and composed my frend. Also good note.


Hi Ram

Good shot. Nicely composed with excellent exposure, POV and depth of colour. Sharpness and clarity are spot on. Nice work. :-)

Hi Ram,
Funny photo :-)
Great composition.
TFS Malgosia

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2006-07-18 18:51]

I have this image of a man startled by a stranger in the shower, who responds by going for his camera instead of his towel (^_^)
This is quite a remarkable capture, in more ways than one. amazing little creature, well caught with excellent DOF and a composition that allows the surroundings to state themselves just enough.

Hi Ram!
I overlooked this picture before :) Very nice and cute creature (and probably rather small - I could not find data on its size :

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