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Uromastyx acanthinura nigriventris is a native species to the north of Africa mainly Morocco. These lizards are mainly found in desert areas where they roam the ground. In these environment temperatures vary between 5-60 °C. Like many reptiles, these lizards’ colours change according to the temperature; during cool weather they appear dull and dark but the colours become lighter in warm weather, especially when basking; the darker pigmentation allows their skin to absorb sunlight more effectively. Their spiked tail is muscular and heavy, and can be swung at an attacker with great velocity, usually accompanied by hissing and an open-mouthed display of (small) teeth. Uromastyxs generally sleep in their burrows with their tails closest to the opening, in order to thwart intruders.
Spiny-tailed Lizard (Uromastyx acanthinura nigriventris) near Ouarzazate, Atlas mountains at the back, Morocco, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 22 mm, 1/640 sec at f/8, ISO 200
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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture Konstantinos

  • Thanks a lot Larry!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Naturealmost 3 years ago

    Cool image Konstantinos. Great detail on these “dudes” to contrast with the mountain scenery. There’s something prehistoric about these two so you could just as easily title this “When” are you. (or maybe not. ;-)

  • Thanks a lot Sylvia!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/02/19
    Stunning techs in this capture Kon, well done!

  • Thank you very much Maggie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago


  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 Images per 24hrs 2012/02/19

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    20 February 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 3 years ago

    eheheheheheh… FANTASTIC Konstantinos!!!!

  • Thank you very much João!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • ellenspaintings
    ellenspaintingsalmost 3 years ago

    Awwwwwww great photo, love this one

  • Thank you very much Ellen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • fawaztrad744800
    fawaztrad744800almost 3 years ago

    i love this one..LOL!!!

  • Thanks a lot Fawaz!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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