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Friday, September 02, 2011

Reptile Photography: Bronze Grass Skink at Valparai

I am generally not into photographing reptiles, rather, as you would know I am more into capturing wildlife and birds in my camera’s lens. But, when an opportunity presents itself, I tend to photograph it irrespective of the subject type.

Bronze Grass Skink (Aranai Lizard) at Valparai, Tamil Nadu - 3 
In this case, this off beat moment took place in Valparai when I saw this Bronze Grass Skink (locally known as Aranai Lizard) taking a sunbath not far away from me. And all this happened while I was sipping a hot cup of local Valparai tea and was going through the pictures that I had taken earlier in the day.

Bronze Grass Skink (Aranai Lizard) at Valparai, Tamil Nadu - 2 
And when I say that the Bronze Grass Skink was not far away from me, I actually mean that it was about 2 feet from me. Its bronze body and scales were gleaming in the afternoon sun. Initially, there were a couple of them sunbathing, but one of them chose to hide, while the other was kind enough to pose for the camera.

Bronze Grass Skink (Aranai Lizard) at Valparai, Tamil Nadu - 1 
The Bronze Grass Skink or the Bronze Mabuya is a species of skink that is found in Asia. It’s scientific name is ‘Eutropis macularia’.



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