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03 June 2006 @ 03:19 pm
Wild Lizards  
People probably get inspiration for horror movie characters from lizards such as these. I was really surprised seeing it's "ears" and I had to take a photograph.

At less than a feet away when I took these macro potraits, the lizard really looked like it could do something bad. This one was big and fat and the markings looked so similar to a rattle snake that we first thought it was indeed one, that is till we saw it's face and of course, it's legs. Beautiful creature.

Look closely. Do you still think they are ears? :)

purrthecat: really?purrthecat on June 3rd, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
That's so funky! :) Great close-ups.
ajatajat on June 3rd, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Just flaps, I think ... I believe I can see the ear-space behind it ... Am I wrong ?
Yathinyathin on June 3rd, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
Compare the two pictures and see how the "ear" shifts! ;)
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on June 4th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
That thing, it's not on the lizard. Seems to be hanging from the cobweb instead.
Yathinyathin on June 4th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Yep, that's why I posted the two pictures. In the first one, it looks like it's a part of a the lizard even though there's a faint clue of the cobweb.
Premshree Pillaipremshree on June 4th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
hehe. knickerbockers for you! :-)
ajat: Thoughtful ...ajat on June 7th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh, the poor thing, it's got bloodsucking ticks ! Oh, and I had taken only a quick look earlier … is it a bit of leaf that kind of matches the hues on the scales a bit ?
Bhavanabhavanar on June 3rd, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
Wow unbelievable. I didn't know they have ears.
Yathinyathin on June 3rd, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
They do have ears - but not external ones. Compare the two pics carefully and see how the "ear" shifts! ;)
kejnkejn on June 4th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
what a beautiful face...
are those grey things on its throat ticks?
Yathinyathin on June 4th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
> are those grey things on its throat ticks?

Yep. Looks like.
Prasanna Vprasannav on June 4th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Eeeks ! Slimyyyyyyyy...
Kiran Jonnalagadda: unbelievingjace on June 4th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
Scaly! You mean scaly! Snails are slimy.
Premshree Pillaipremshree on June 4th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Man, that userpic rocks!
Yathinyathin on June 4th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Actually, they are not slimy. They almost feel like human skin.
depontideponti on June 4th, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yathin, that was really wonderful! I might not have noticed the cobweb if I had been looking. Good naturalists must be "good-looking"...and notice details!

Most interesting post. What kind of lizard is it? I haven't seen much of wildlife in the US at all.
Yathinyathin on June 4th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ooooh!
It's called an Alligator Lizard. There are some 8 sub-species of this lizard, and I'm not too sure of the exact sub-species to which this one belongs to.