Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is one of the most visited in the area and Botswanas first NP. It is situated at a fair distance to the famous Victoria Falls and the two "tourist attractions" can easily be combined. The National Park is also famous for its elephants coming down to the Chobe delta in the late afternoon for at refreshing bath.
However during our evening cruise on the river we met this Lizard. Its a Nile Monitor Lizard or Varan as it sometimes is called. It can be up to 9 ft and it is common in most parts of Africa except the dry areas. If you meet one it can not only bite, but also use its tale to whip.
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eldancer1 (26228) 2011-05-03 12:58
Whoa! Scary looking dude but nicely captured. I didn't realize those lizard can grow that big and probably ran fast, too. Good dof with nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
saxo042 (37066) 2011-05-03 14:38
A very nice creature and a very sharp picture. But I recommend you to be careful here, the TOS clearly informs us that pictures of pets are not allowed here on TE;) I hope you will not bring this pet with you, back to Sweden in July!
PS How close were you here, when you took this picture?
bracasha75 (24517) 2011-05-04 0:05
Lovely macro shot of this Lizard and realy one rare shot here on TE
CLODO (29804) 2011-05-04 0:35
A good reflex to shot this big lizard. he seems not to appreciate!
Kielia (23083) 2011-05-04 6:50
it is the photographer's perspective that makes this portrait of the varan very attractive, but the light and the colors are also wonderful. A great capture!
marina7 (8051) 2011-05-10 4:55
This is an absolutely gorgeous portrait! This cutie is really striking a pose in front of your camera. I like the tiny details on its skin and the colors are very ice. I don't know if it's a pity the tail's out of focus but this way it looks like the lizard's jumping into the light.
- Copyright: Stefan Zetterlind (scroller) (3407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D-80, Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED, B+W 67mm UV-Haze
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Lizards, My own zoo [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-03 12:53