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#373162 - Sun Jul 08 2007 01:03 AM Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I don`t know that everyone has access to a reptile they can take a photo of or if everyone has an older photo of a reptile so if you don`t please post your best spider photo.
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#373163 - Sun Jul 08 2007 01:39 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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It just so happens that I took this picture yesterday!
He is a Long Tailed Skink . He can move very very fast when he wants to, but spends a lot of time just basking on hot rocks. He eats grasshoppers, and wouldn't harm a soul.
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#373164 - Sun Jul 08 2007 02:00 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Nice topic! Don't like my chances of finding a lizard in winter so this one was taken last summer. It's a bogeye although called different things in different parts of the country and they grow to about a foot long.


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#373165 - Sun Jul 08 2007 02:42 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Quote:

He eats grasshoppers, and wouldn't harm a soul.



An opinion not held by grasshoppers


Edited by tellywellies (Sun Jul 08 2007 02:43 AM)
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#373166 - Sun Jul 08 2007 06:22 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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This is an Australian frilled neck lizard. He used to be featured on our two-cent coin (no longer used here). I photographed this litle one at the reptile house at the Perth Zoo during the last school holidays. You can see what good camouflage he has, making it difficult to get a good picture. I had to practically hang over the rails to get this shot!

P.S. Copago, we call your reptile a bobtail goanna. We used to get them in our backyard quite a lot when we were the last house in the street but now that they've built lots of new houses around us, we don't see them any more.


Edited by MotherGoose (Sun Jul 08 2007 06:25 AM)
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#373167 - Sun Jul 08 2007 06:47 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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This is one of the red-footed tortoises from the Wildlife Reserve in Barbados. There are around 325 of them there, and we had to step over them on the path.

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#373168 - Sun Jul 08 2007 08:38 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Here's a handsome chappie!


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#373169 - Sun Jul 08 2007 10:04 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I can see a visit to either a petshop or the zoo coming here, unless I can find a spider somewhere which hasn't been flattened!
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#373170 - Sun Jul 08 2007 11:24 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Shoot, Sue. You mean it has to be live???
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#373171 - Sun Jul 08 2007 12:06 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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So here is Spike. He is the pet of my neighbor (same one that found the airplane when cleaning out his garage!) Spike has been with the family for about 10 years now and is 17 inches long from the front to end of his shell. Each year it looks like he grows a foot! (Just like kids!)


Since I can't post a dead spider, you get this tortoise.


Edited by Jar (Sun Jul 08 2007 12:07 PM)
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#373172 - Sun Jul 08 2007 03:43 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Copago,

I have never heard the term 'bogeye', but I would call that fella a shingleback.
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#373173 - Sun Jul 08 2007 04:34 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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There's heaps of names for them, MG mentioned the bobtail, shingleback, bogeye and there is another one, because the tail is sort of shaped like the head, double head lizard or two headed, something like that. Just depends where you're from.

Every now and then we'll get one stuck in the front fence, it's chain link so they get so far into it, work out they're too big to get through then try to go back and then the scales stop them going back. Takes ages to get one back through.

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#373174 - Sun Jul 08 2007 05:10 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I'm pretty sure the only reptile photos I have are ones I took at the Toronto Zoo over twenty years ago, and finding those would take some doing. So...I found this fellow in his web out on my deck just now and fired up the macro setting. For some reason (the white wall of my house, perhaps?) the web doesn't show up and he's a bit fuzzy, but here he is anyway. He's quite tiny really. (My niece would be having a panic attack if she were on my deck right now - she really can't stand spiders.)


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#373175 - Sun Jul 08 2007 05:13 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Well Liz, I'd be right there with her and the panic attack!
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#373176 - Mon Jul 09 2007 01:59 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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We don't get many reptiles around here. Spiders are a bit more plentiful, so here's a 'Shed Spider'. I don't suppose it's really called a Shed Spider but that's where I found it . I think it's looking after a ball of baby Shed Spiders:



Edit: If this photo isn't showing, it's because my ISP is having problems with the free web space they provide for file storage.


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#373177 - Mon Jul 09 2007 06:46 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I bopped one of those the other day, I didn't realise it wanted its photo taken.
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#373178 - Mon Jul 09 2007 11:27 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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One person saw an Adder in out garden once, but I've never seen a Reptile here myself.
So here is a spider. As I don't have a macro function on my camera, this out of focus 5mm critter on our sunroom's wall is the best I can come up with. (And it's alive)

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#373179 - Mon Jul 09 2007 07:01 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I was showing this thread to Maynooth and he reminded me that we also call that goanna of Copago's a "blue-tongue" or "blue-tongued lizard", for reasons which should need no explanation.
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#373180 - Mon Jul 09 2007 10:35 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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It is (or was) a sea turtle.

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#373181 - Tue Jul 10 2007 10:14 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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(Uh-oh, I hope that didn't scare everyone away )

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#373182 - Wed Jul 11 2007 02:30 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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No you didn't, a good photo and not at all scary . Do you own the skull? We're on one photo a week in the theme thread, so it won't be so active as Photo-a-Day. It's only mid-week and I'm sure someone else will post yet.
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#373183 - Wed Jul 11 2007 05:33 AM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I took this snap when on Frazer Island in Queensland whilst there for the "new millennium" changeover. We watched these little guys,there was about 6 of them but only 2 in this photo,chase each for ages in the inland freshwater lake.

Larger photo here.
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#373184 - Wed Jul 11 2007 02:25 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Will Sammy the Snake count? If not I will have to try to find the real thing.

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#373185 - Wed Jul 11 2007 09:26 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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Sure, Sammy qualifies!
(ahem... not that I am qualified to say so.)

Thank you Tellywellies, for the reassurance, -- in real life, the skull is beautiful and not quite as menacing as in the photo. I found it on the beach at Amelia Island, Florida two years ago, but never thought of taking its picture until (hooray!) this thread came up.

The original picture included a box turtle shell, but I cropped it out.
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa47/Fevivinte/TwoTurtles.jpg

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#373186 - Wed Jul 11 2007 09:49 PM Re: Reptiles And Spiders Week
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I too think that Sammy qualifies!

Kapuskasing, I like your photo, both the cropped version and the original.

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