Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby Mongoose » Fri May 08, 2009 9:07 pm

This guy was rather pleasant to photograph

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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby gaboon69 » Fri May 08, 2009 9:28 pm

Looks like you are on a roll with this species.
I would love to see these with my own eyes in the wild one day.
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby BushSnake » Fri May 08, 2009 9:34 pm

Are you sure this one isn't completely frozen? Despite being quite common I have NEVER been able to catch an adult, nor have I been able to get within reach of the 100mm, so really well done! Someday you will share your secrets...
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby nvlooi » Fri May 08, 2009 9:37 pm

Cool photo
the first time in my life I saw one of these oaks I actually thought it was n Monitor.
Im heading up in June to Marloth Park again so I'll make sure to get some nice pics of them there,
have you taken pics of the babys... they are so cute.
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby Mongoose » Fri May 08, 2009 9:46 pm

BS - the effort we put in to catching the C.breyeri is nothing compared to some of the effort I've put in trying to catch other things.. I have learnt a new trick with noosing - that literally only takes 10mins to catch.. To catch this guy and the baby(both were in same rock wedge) took me and my dad about 20mins..

Nvlooi - yes the babies are beautiful
Here is a head shot - some reason the quality seems fuzzy
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby nvlooi » Fri May 08, 2009 10:01 pm

beautifull.

Im just curious are they in the pet trade?
PS. you can literally smell a colony a 100m away!!!!
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby Bushviper » Sun May 10, 2009 12:13 pm

These lizards were shipped out of Mozambique for about $8 each and are not that sought after. The mozambique ones seem to get a bit bigger than ours and are almost a dark blue colour. They can be lured out with grapes. It seems as if they cannot resist the smell of grapes.
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Re: Giant plated lizard - wide angle

Postby Mongoose » Sun May 10, 2009 12:37 pm

Interesting - I'll get some grapes and see if I can lure them out.

Donald Strydom has both major and validus in a pit, and they don't seem to be able to resist guava - they eat it out your hands, but the moment you try catch them they duck. These are fairly used to humans though.
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