Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Amphibians & Reptiles Category) - Infraorder - Scincomorpha - Skinks & Spinytail family

This challenge closed over 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 13th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of:


Interesting Facts

> Skinks are the second most diverse family of lizards (after the geckos) with about 1200 species identified. Skinks look roughly like true lizards, but most species have no pronounced neck and sport relatively small legs. Approximately 45% of skink species are viviparous (live birth) and others are ovoviviparous (hatching eggs internally and giving birth to live offspring).

> The Gerrhosauridae is a family of lizards native to Africa and Madagascar. Also known as plated lizards, they live in a range of habitats, from rocky crevices to sand dunes. Their form is variable, with some species having four fully developed limbs, and others with vestigial hind limbs only. Most species are believed to be oviparous.

> Night lizards (family name Xantusiidae) are a group of very small, viviparous (live-bearing) lizards, averaging from less than 4 cm to over 12 cm long. The family has only three genera, with approximately 23 living species. The genera are divided by geographic range: Xantusia in southwestern North America and Baja California, Cricosaura in Cuba, and Lepidophyma, the most populous night lizard genus, in Central America.

> The common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a species of lizard with a large distribution in Europe and well-established introduced populations in North America, where it is also called the European wall lizard. It can grow to about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in total length.

> Tupinambis is a lizard genus which belongs to the family Teiidae, and contains seven described species. These large, South American lizards are commonly referred to as tegus; Tupinambis merianae (Argentine Black and White Tegu), Tupinambis rufescens (Red Tegu), and Tupinambis teguixin (Colombian Black and White Tegu, Gold Tegu, or Common Tegu) are all common in the pet trade. Tegus that have escaped or have been illegally released have adapted to life in the wild in some of the more remote areas of South Florida.

> Gymnophthalmidae is a family of lizards, sometimes known as spectacled lizards or microteiids. They are called ‘spectacled’ because of their transparent lower eyelids, so they can still see with closed eyes. Like most lizards, but unlike geckos, these eyelids are movable.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

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Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information


Cover Image: Vibrant Male Agama Lizzard!!! by mrsjaques


The Top Ten

Vibrant Male Agama Lizzard!!! by mrsjaques

Vibrant Male Agama Lizzard!!! by mrsjaques was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 6 votes.

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