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Closeup of Madagascar Spiny-tailed Lizard, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar This one was found behind our bungalow that was right across the entrance of Ankarafantsika NP. As long as you don't make any sudden movements, it allows you to gradually get closer.  Africa,Ankarafantsika,Collared iguanid lizard,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Oplurus cuvieri,Spring,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Closeup of Madagascar Spiny-tailed Lizard, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar

This one was found behind our bungalow that was right across the entrance of Ankarafantsika NP. As long as you don't make any sudden movements, it allows you to gradually get closer.

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  1. I don't know about everyone else, but I often end up with a "sneak up series" with critters and birds that may spook. The first one is usually much further away that I'd prefer to be - sneak, sneak sneak, click…. slink, slink, slink click… until the last one has a blur of a disappearing tail :p - all the while often narrated by my husband doing a really, really bad crocodile hunter impersonation. Posted 4 years ago, modified 4 years ago
    1. This is exactly my strategy. First, the registration shot just as evidence for the sighting, and then hopefully gradually closer ones :) Not narrated though, hehe. Posted 4 years ago
    2. And thank you for the promotion :) Posted 4 years ago
      1. as you said - dragons belong on the home page ;) Posted 4 years ago
        1. Sharp :) Posted 4 years ago
  2. Very nice and sharp! Love it!!
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you very much, Stephen! Posted 4 years ago
  3. Very good! After reading your description I can't agree more. The ways of approach are a best percentage of success, the understanding of the behavior, well... it's the remaining best percentage of success. All combined there is a camera, also, to close it in a split of a second. When everything works photography will appear ;) Beautiful dragon! Great photo, cheers* Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you so much :) Posted 4 years ago
  4. Lovely! Another one for my list. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks, nice list you're building :) Posted 4 years ago

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The Collared iguanid lizard, ''Oplurus cuvieri'' is an arboreal Malagasy iguana, the largest of six ''Oplurus'' species. They are found in the western tropical forests of Madagascar and on Grand Comore Island. They have a mostly carnivorous diet and their breeding is timed with the rainy season.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jun 9, 2016. Captured Oct 20, 2015 11:06 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/6.3
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO720
  • 400mm