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Ann's Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic Started: May 12 2016, 05:40 PM (1,342 Views)
AnnB
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I haven't had much luck yet at photographing reptiles and amphibians, just the occasional frog, toad or newt but a friend of my mum's kindly brought round a Slow worm that she'd found today as word is getting out about my need for "spotting challenge points".
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celticsparrow-Jan
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:wow: Fantastic photos Ann.
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Jane
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:encore: still haven't seen a slow worm for years! :greatpics:
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AnnB
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Thank you Jan and Jane. I hadn't seen one for years either, until today.
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Night Owl
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:wow: Fabulous photos Ann :cool1:
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AnnB
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Thank you Julie.
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:girlygiggle: Ann... i'm laughing about .. the word getting around re the Challenge points :grin: Most of the people i know are now used to me mentioning a particular sighting is worth X points :teehee: .. and several go out of their way to drive and spot a sign or some wildlife . I'm thinking of distributing lists to these people :wink:

My last slow worm was over at Woolacombe in a friends kitchen :teehee:
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Davebutterflyman
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Fantastic photos Ann and a stunning individual as well.
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Sorry for the delay in responding Jen, yes all my family and friends know about the spotting challenges now and keep a look out for me. Very useful, especially when they know the names of flowers because I don't know my flowers all that well.

a belated thank you, Dave.

I finally managed to get some Lizard photos this weekend at Bentley Wood, they were much more obliging than any I'd seen previously.
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Night Owl
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:wow: Fantastic photos & a great sighting Ann :cool1:
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Super photos Ann :Cool:
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Jane
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:woot: Fab sightings and photos!
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Brilliant shots Ann.
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Thank you all, I was as excited to get the Lizards as I was the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary there.
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Well done Anne, those Slow Worm photos are lovely. :greatpics:

I also saw two Lizards at Bentley wood on Saturday - they were on a log on the path that leads up to the Ralph Whitlock memorial, sadly no Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries for me :no:

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Well done. The reason these two were more accommodating, is they are both gravid females. Not only are they now slower and more cumbersome, but they need to spend extra time basking in order for the baby lizards to develop inside their mother.
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Thank you Grayling and thank you Jason, your explanation makes perfect sense as these two, even if disturbed would come back out to sunbathe within a couple of minutes.

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:Cool: So this is the likely time of the year to spot lizards , the photos are great , Ann :nod:

:Cool: Jay , thanks for the info .. it does make sense
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You're welcome. It won't be long before they give birth to up to a dozen little viviparous lizards. I love these little babies. They are so entertaining to watch. They can be quite acrobatic as they leap through the air to catch small flies. At some sites the newly born young haven't yet developed any fear of man and they can occasionally be picked up without making any attempt to flee. I have had them feeding on small mealworms from my hand.

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Awww, that's a fantastic photo Jason.
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