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Northern Alligator Lizard Contemplating Lunch

Wolf Read

Vancouver, Canada

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An ant carrying part of a dead termite scurried past this northern alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea) and did not escape detection. The reptile had been resting on the rocks warming itself in a dim shaft of cloud-filtered sunlight that penetrated the dense canopy of Lighthouse Park’s old-growth forest. The scaly beast had probably been multitasking its “leisure” activities: Staying warm under the sun as a line of tasty six-legged morsels marched past. The lizard likely snapped up the formicids who came close enough to easily reach. The ant depicted in this photo escaped being the next lunch item, as the reptile soon noticed the photographer and scurried under a nearby rock.

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Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM
105mm, 1/125 sec, f / 5, -1/3 EV, ISO 200
Hand-held

Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver, BC
28 Aug 2009

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