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YONG



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YONG
Yeah, the fruits look really like Chinese lanterns. Nice photo.


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Post 29 Aug 2009, 04:16
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YONG



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My chance finally came today. I was able to take a close-up photo of this beautiful creature! Razz


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MHajduk



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Beautiful images, YONG. Smile Those "hairy" flowers are simply awesome! Wink

Talking about the lizard: how big it was? I guess it can be ~10-15cm in length?
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YONG



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YONG
MHajduk wrote:
Talking about the lizard: how big it was? I guess it can be ~10-15cm in length?
It's much bigger. The visible part (as shown in the photo) is about 30cm long, and the hidden part (the tail) is about 30cm long as well. Wink
Post 31 Aug 2009, 09:19
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MHajduk



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YONG wrote:
It's much bigger. The visible part (as shown in the photo) is about 30cm long, and the hidden part (the tail) is about 30cm long as well. Wink
Wow, we haven't such big lizards here. Cool Biggest is, AFAIK, limbless slow worm (max. 50cm in length). Wink There are also a few species of snakes, which are longer.
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Azu



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I think komodo dragons are bigger.. they can get to over 313cm in length. Shocked
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MHajduk



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MHajduk
Azu wrote:
I think komodo dragons are bigger.. they can get to over 313cm in length. Shocked
Yeah, cold-blooded animals usually are bigger in the warmer environment. Wink
Post 31 Aug 2009, 09:46
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MHajduk



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Another examples of plants from my garden: Borage (starflower) and amaranthus. Wink


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YONG



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The photo below shows a baby lizard, which is probably a child of that huge mother lizard shown earlier. Its tail is really long, isn't it? Wink


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Post 01 Sep 2009, 11:10
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Nice photos. The borage is quite unique!

The photo below shows some yellow flowers similar to amaranthus.


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Post 01 Sep 2009, 11:12
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MHajduk



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Hehe, I guess that this lizard lives on the trees and such long tail is necessary as an additional "limb" or for body balancing. Wink

Yeah, right, these yellow flowers are quite similar to amaranthus. Wink
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MHajduk wrote:
I guess that this lizard lives on the trees and such long tail is necessary as an additional "limb" or for body balancing.
I like that thinking. However, I doubt it, appealing though the logic may be. It is more likely, in my opinion, that this is a snake which has evolved fore and hind limbs.

Here's another question:

Why is the lizard resting on the rusty hinge (in the first photo)?

a. needs elemental iron, and the ferric form, i.e. rust, is more readily absorbed, (than the ferrous form), where it can be converted to the unoxidized ingredient, to help carry oxygen when incorporated into lizard hemoglobin....

b. the iron is cooler than the surrounding air, because of the shade, so the lizard is thermoregulating by resting the ventral portion of its thorax and abdomen on the metal;

c. the rusty iron color conceals the reptile from would be predators, especially birds of prey;

d. just a coincidence, the lizard was on its way North, when it heard the sound of Yong, and froze to avoid detection, having simply been in that spot while en route to breakfast....

e. none of the above.
Smile
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Wow awesome Lizard, didn't know you had such exotic animals there Wink
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YONG



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YONG
tom tobias wrote:
It is more likely, in my opinion, that this is a snake which has evolved fore and hind limbs.
Well, that's a nice theory, but you don't have any supporting data, do you? I always thought that snakes descended from lizards. Refer to this. Wink

tom tobias wrote:
Why is the lizard resting on the rusty hinge (in the first photo)?
Sunbathing, I guess. Wink
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MHajduk wrote:
I guess that this lizard lives on the trees and such long tail is necessary as an additional "limb" or for body balancing

Yup, Absolutely. why not? seems reasonable...
YONG wrote:

Sunbathing, I guess.

Sure, ok. hmm. ? Yeah, I guess so....
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Picnic



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Picnic
Fantastic photos MHajduk & YONG.

The photo below shows my dogs.
Lui, Chocolate, Bebe, Mary, Cico, Aris, Biba, White, there is also Hector and Achilles.
Most of them picked up from the streets now living in cottage outside Athens, there's plenty of room for them to run-play and enjoy life.


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Post 02 Sep 2009, 13:58
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MHajduk



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MHajduk
Thank you Picnic, previously known as thimis, right? Wink

BTW, may we know why have you changed your nick?
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Picnic



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Picnic
Well, i need to refresh myself, inside forum i started with the nickname, i chose picnic, for some reasons it was nailed in my head.
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Azu



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Azu
tom tobias wrote:
Why is the lizard resting on the rusty hinge (in the first photo)?
To make up for the one in the second photo not doing so. Very Happy
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In the picture presented below you can see flowers known under the intriguing name Cosmos. Wink


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