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Rainbow Skink

Rainbow Skink
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/19, 1/180 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs, Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-16 12:54
Viewed: 5255
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Open-litter Rainbow-skink (Carlia pectoralis) a reasonably common skink from eastern coastal Queensland. This skink inhabits dry open woodland with abundant leaf litter, usually on stony ground. They have a snout-vent length of 52mm. Scales are strongly keeled with 2-3 keels on the dorsal scales. There are 5 supraciliary scales. Ear opening is elongated with 2 anterior lobes.

Sexes differ. The male illustrated here has two reddish orange lateral stripes between the fore and hind limbs during the breeding season. The throat becomes heavily striated with black and white with a bluish hue on older males. The chest can be flushed with orange in some older specimens.

The female (illustrated in the workshop) is greyish brown, flecked with black and white. They have a broad white midlateral stripe from the upper lip to the tail.

In the workshop I have also posted a shot of Townsville Common Conservation Park looking south where many of my recent posts were captured. It illustrates the open coastal woodland typical of north-eastern Australia.

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Hi Chris,
What a beauty:) An impressive shot of this colourful skink from your country. It is very interesting that it has keeled scales on body. All details are great my friend! Perfect shot in all around!
TFS and cheers,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-16 22:40]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of this elegant Rainbow Skink with such gorgeous colours and details on its scales. Very neat and sharp image with perfect use of flash lighting. The rock acts as a fine BG. Excellent composition.

hi Chris,

grat shot of this Reptile.
good pov and exellent details.


Hello Chris
Excellent capture with great focus and true colours
Well done

Hello Chris!
Skinks, these reptile are seen by me always when I do not have... my camera with me! :( So here and now I am really happy to see a good quality picture of pne of these species :) Sharp and clear photo with very nice colouration. Nothing to add! :)
All the best from Lodz,

Hi Chris,
you present us with a Skink we oldworld-ists might never see. A well lighted portrait. The flash effect is there, there is some harsh contrast, not to worry about it though (I put some ordinary paper in bow shape on my flash to diffuse the light to avoid this) . What amazes me is that a restricted reptile group like the skinks have such a wide distribution. Thanks for the instructive contribution to TN!
Best regards

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