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Tom Kellie

~ @@offshorebirder

 

GREAT colors!

Superbly captured, showing the rattlesnake's beauty.

The eye's iris in the lower image is excellent.

Thank you!

Tom K.

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Here is a very young American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) that I photographed yesterday. It was with a large group of 25 other "baby gators".

 

They were making their "yump" call with regularity - so I kept a sharp eye out for their mother!

 

~ @@offshorebirder

 

For those of us living far from South Carolina, what's a “yump” call?

Tom K.

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offshorebirder

Thanks for the kind words @@Tom Kellie.

 

The "yump" call is nothing like an official term - it was the best phonetic representation I could muster on short notice.

 

If one watches nature documentaries about young crocodilians, you will often hear the young making a brief little moaning call to summon their mother for help. That's the call these young alligators were making - hence my vigilance for their mother!

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offshorebirder

The first photo is a fairly large American Alligator I encountered today. I rounded the bend and there he was, crossing a grassy dike. It was about an 11 footer so it was a male - females top out at around 9 feet.

 

The next two photos are of a Carolina Anole - they can change their color to match the background. Males have pink throat sacs they inflate as part of their displays (accompanied by head-drumming).

 

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Mountain Dragon, South Bruny NP, March 2015

 

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Blue-tongue Lizard, South Bruny NP, March 2015

 

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Saltwater Crocodile, Daintree River, Queensland. August 2015

 

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White-lipped tree frog, Cooktown, Queensland. August 2015

 

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Atdahl

@@Treepol nice shots. That Blue-tongue Lizard is cool!

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offshorebirder

Very nice @@Treepol - I am intrigued by Mountain Dragons - need to do some research and learn more about them.

 

Nice snoozing Salty as well.

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Tom Kellie

@@Treepol nice shots. That Blue-tongue Lizard is cool!

 

~ @@Atdahl

 

I completely agree with you.

The Blue-tongued Lizard posted by @@Treepol is indeed very cool!

Tom K.

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Madagascar, the promised land of the Chameleon.

 

These fantastic lizards are very common here. Both these are of course endemic to the island.

 

Malagsy giant chameleon , Tsingy De Bemaraha NP

 

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Short horned chameleon , Analamazaotra reserve

 

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@@Antee, fantastic shots. Chameleons are awesome! I hope to see one in the wild someday.

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African Rock Python in Olare Motorogi Conservancy Ocotber 2015 - cool sighting!

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@@pault. Cool sighting indeed. And a great photo!

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A rarely seen but beautiful colored snake.

 

Twin Barred Tree Snake making a kill in Mulu NP , Borneo , Malaysia

 

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Madagascar tree boa

Andasibe NP, Madagascar

 

Quite common snake in certain places on Madagascar. Huge, 2 metres long.
Endemic to Madagascar.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Antee

 

That final image, with the forked tongue showing, is terrific!

Thank you for posting these.

Tom K.

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Some more stuff from the fantastic island of Madagascar.

Both snake species is quite common on the island and the population is stable.

Analamazaotra reserve

Giant madagascar hognose snake


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Kirindy forest reserve

Madagascar blond hognose snake


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Madagascar collared iguana

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Madagascar day gecko

One of the largest living day geckos (up to 22cm)


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Tom Kellie

~ @@Antee

 

As I've only flown over Madagascar when traveling between Hong Kong and Johannesburg, I've never seen its natural beauty.

Therefore your photos are especially appreciated. The colors and shapes of the reptiles are striking.

Ha! A blonde snake, no less.

Thank you for posting these.

Tom K.

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@@Antee, great photos. I don't think herps much when I think of Madagasgar (besides the Chameleon), but that's obviously wrong. I've got to get to this great island someday.

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@@Atdahl
It is alot of herps in Madagascar. I was surprised myself and unfortunately didn´t bring any macro lens or close-up filter with me.
There are reptiles and amphibians pretty much everywhere. In dry areas and in rainforests.
The funny thing with Madagascar is that 98% of them are endemic to the island.

Sadly, many of them also disappear...

This is the beautiful colored Baron´s mantella frog
Mantadia NP, Madagascar


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The very bright yellow Madagascan jumping frog

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Those are gorgeous frogs @@Antee. I need to start seriously looking at a trip for 2017. Need to cross this one off my bucket list :) .

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Antee

More from Madagascar...

Chalaradon madagascariensis (Three eyed lizard)

With an extra "eye" on the top of the head to scare predators.

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A beautiful frog during a night walk in Andasibe NP.

Boophis madagascariensis

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Mascarene Grass Frog - Andasibe NP

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Madagascar girdled lizard - Kirindy Forest

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offshorebirder

Here are a couple of photos I shot this past weekend.

 

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Here is a large Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) perched in a Live Oak tree on South Island, South Carolina.

 

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Here is a baby American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area:

 

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@@offshorebirder, that does indeed look "Large". Any more info...why "Corn Snake", venomous?, common? Beautiful photo

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