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Camouflage pics

Post by Steve Atkins » July 11th, 2010, 7:03 am

I like the pictures where it takes a minute to find the animal. Post some pics showing off camouflage

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closer look
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by monklet » July 11th, 2010, 10:04 am

What a beauty!

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by justinm » July 11th, 2010, 10:44 am

Here's a few camo pics.

Dwarf American Toad
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Timber Rattlesnake
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Underwater shot of a Map Turtle
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Osage Copperhead
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Western Chorus Frog
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Cope's Gray Treefrog
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Timber Rattler, can you see him?
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Osage Copperhead
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Ok I'll stop before someone gets upset, lol.

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by BillMcGighan » July 11th, 2010, 5:21 pm

Camoflage... Good stuff, guys.
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Anole - east SC
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Anole close
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Northern Copperhead in my yard (scanned old pics)
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Mount Mitchell, NC, immature Black belly Desmog

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Can’t appreciate camo in this West Texas Blacktailed Rattlesnake. It's too dark.
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Closer
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Drawn out into the light.
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by herper1 » July 11th, 2010, 6:31 pm

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The above pic was posed, the below pic was not.

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Post by Bryan_Hughes » July 11th, 2010, 10:51 pm

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by crocdoc » July 12th, 2010, 1:14 am

Draco volans
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Varanus spenceri
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Pogona vitticeps that thinks he's camouflaged
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Not so good
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Chlamydosaurus kingii
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This one's tricky - If you squint and concentrate, you may just make out a Komodo dragon on the path.
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by wayne_fidler » July 12th, 2010, 12:08 pm

oh one of my fav games!

eastern box turtle
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carolina watersnake
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eastern cottonmouth
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queen snake
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yellow rat snake
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carolina pigmy rattlesnake
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spotted turtle
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last one I promise
american alligator
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Carl Koch » July 12th, 2010, 1:01 pm

Eastern hognose (look for the "eyespots")

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Li'l eastern

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Post by Tim Borski » July 12th, 2010, 1:10 pm

Look close...
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Closer.
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Here's one more...

Look close.
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Closer...
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Jason Mintzer » July 12th, 2010, 2:15 pm

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Not a herp, but still great camo

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Piglet » July 12th, 2010, 3:13 pm

Eastern Box Turtle
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Steve Atkins » July 12th, 2010, 4:52 pm

wow, some of those are really hard to find :thumb:

Those canyon tree frogs are pretty sweet, I still can't find the spotted turtle, and I'm not sure if I found the cottonmouth

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Post by stlouisdude » July 12th, 2010, 5:48 pm

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Timber rattlesnake (MO), Copperhead (MO), Toad (MO), Basilisk (Costa Rica), Caimen (Peru).

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by jonathan » July 12th, 2010, 7:42 pm

These guys are my favorite:

California Chorus Frog

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Here are a couple relatives:

Pacific Chorus Frog

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Western Chorus Frog

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Others got better pictures of this guy:

Rough Green Snake

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This guys are amazing - I've probably missed 10-15 that had better camo than these two:

Long-tailed Brush Lizards

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All the tree lizards were always red in this spot - I thought it was pretty cool.

Cliff Tree Lizard

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And one case where camo was, sadly, not a good thing:

Desert Horned Lizard

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Dan Krull » July 12th, 2010, 9:27 pm

It is cheating when you don't center the subject in the frame! :)

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by WW** » July 12th, 2010, 10:38 pm

Herp Ninja wrote:It is cheating when you don't center the subject in the frame! :)

DAN
As a general comment, it's also a little unsporting to have the animal so small in the frame that it is virtually invisible with the naked eye even once spotted....
Camouflage is about being hidden in full view, not about being too far away to be seen.

Alternatively, we could have another thread entitled "Wide angle shots that should have been taken with a telephoto" ;)

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wide angle shot that should have been taken with a telephoto

Post by crocdoc » July 13th, 2010, 5:10 am

WW** wrote:As a general comment, it's also a little unsporting to have the animal so small in the frame that it is virtually invisible with the naked eye even once spotted....
Camouflage is about being hidden in full view, not about being too far away to be seen.
spoilsport

Sceloporus sp.
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Ctenotus sp.
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a python!
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Here's a tricky one. Find the garter snake.
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by erik loza » July 13th, 2010, 5:36 am

Petrosaurus mearnsi

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by ScottHalpern » July 13th, 2010, 4:03 pm

WOW!!! You guys never seem to amaze me. :shock:

I run an educational company whrere I do a lot of presenting to kids about reptiels. One of the important things I try to instill is that they look the way that they do so they can camoflouge and hide. I would love to be able to share some of your photos that you have where you have the wide shot and then the animal. It would really support what i am trying to teach the kids. Please email me or contact me in the many ways that you can. [email protected]

Thank you,

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Post by Nick Scobel » July 13th, 2010, 9:18 pm

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by chrish » July 13th, 2010, 9:20 pm

WW - you read my mind. Camouflage doesn't work if you have to be half a mile away!

Crocdoc - you beat me to it! :lol:

Somewhere I have a shot of a trans-pecos rat on a paved road that is almost invisible. I posted it in the Camouflage theme on the old image lab.
Here's one that isn't as cool, but still the same species (they are much harder to see on the road) -

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Here's a game - spot the barking frog!

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Trey Lemons » July 17th, 2010, 2:55 pm

Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Steve Atkins » July 17th, 2010, 5:04 pm

Trey Lemons wrote:Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????
not until now :thumb:

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Ribbit » July 17th, 2010, 8:58 pm

A few local-ish favorites:

Phrynosoma modestum (Eddy County, New Mexico)
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Phrynosoma platyrhinos calidiarum (Washington County, Utah)
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Rana boylii (Humboldt County, California)
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Holbrookia maculata ruthveni (White Sands National Monument, New Mexico)
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And a few that are more exotic:

Rhinella margaritifera (Panama Province, Panama)
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Uroplatus phantasticus (Ranomafana, Madagascar)
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Uroplatus sikorae (Analamazaotra, Madagascar)
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And my all-time favorite:

Gephyromantis horridus (Masoala National Park, Madagascar)
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Post by chris_mcmartin » July 18th, 2010, 4:06 am

WW** wrote:Camouflage is about being hidden in full view, not about being too far away to be seen.
Exactly. Some of the pics in this thread are of "hiding" herps (under leaves, in crevices), not of "camouflaged" herps. There is a difference!

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by John Martin » July 18th, 2010, 11:39 pm

Trey Lemons wrote:Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????
The racer is what I spotted immediately the first go. I just thought that Wayne might have mis-labeled the pic. Ironically I didn't find the pygmy until my third attempt! :D Now, as to "pygmy" vs "pigmy", I've always gone with the "y" spelling. A Google search gives 714,000 results for pygmy vs 695,000 results for pigmy, so there ya go...... :thumb:

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Re: Pygmy vs. Pigmy

Post by Ribbit » July 19th, 2010, 5:35 am

To keep things lively, the SSAR naming guide (http://www.ssarherps.org/pdf/HC_37_6thEd.pdf) uses "Pygmy" consistently, but CNAH (http://www.naherpetology.org/) uses "Pigmy".

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by suboc-1 » July 20th, 2010, 11:50 am

Uroplatus wins! :thumb: :thumb:

Heres a Hyla

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Not a herp but cool

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Don » July 20th, 2010, 4:14 pm

Two coppers in situ as found under A/C.

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by croatrox » July 20th, 2010, 5:43 pm

Trey Lemons wrote:Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????
I noticed the racer...just assumed he thought it was a pigmy ;) .....actually, I still haven't found the pigmy...


How about the second frog in Justin's pseudacris photo?

Great thread!

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Post by ebs121781 » July 20th, 2010, 6:49 pm

Trey Lemons wrote:Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????
I saw that, but didn't see the pygmy...

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Jason_Hood » July 21st, 2010, 9:05 am

ebs121781 wrote:
Trey Lemons wrote:Any body notice the Black Racer by the burnt log in wayne's Carolina Pygmy pic????
I saw that, but didn't see the pygmy...

That is because the black racer looking thing is some what centered but the pigmy is off center and barely in the frame, another of the "bad photo" camo shots. I love the pictured where you can't see the animal but then closer images ala Diamondback Dave's style of pics reveal the animal. The shot from across the valley or pond of tiny rocks or large clumps of grass and bushes alone does very little for me.

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by stlouisdude » July 21st, 2010, 10:39 pm

Notice how the coloration is matched to its settings

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A classic disguise, the snake uses a turban.

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A room filled with snakes

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by John Martin » July 21st, 2010, 10:56 pm

stlouisdude wrote:A room filled with snakes
Oh good, someone is bringing politics to the forum... :roll:

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Crazins » July 25th, 2010, 5:55 pm

You can obviously tell where the snake is, but I still think this is an incredible show of camo.

Atrox:
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by jonathan » July 25th, 2010, 7:12 pm

I'll throw in a couple more I found:

Rattlesnakes and fence lizards in this area show yellow more often than I've seen elsewhere:


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Cricket Frog (these guys often blend in well)

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Lesser Scaly Anole - this would have looked better if I'd been zoomed out more

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by crocdoc » July 27th, 2010, 3:38 am

Okay, not a herp, but definitely not off in the distance - it'd be hard to get more zoomed in than this and it's still hard to see.
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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by KUJordan » July 29th, 2010, 12:32 pm

Here's just a typical site around here. Wonder how many of these guys we really walk right past and never know...

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Here's a timber I was very proud to have spotted. It was a gorgeous one, at that!
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Little gray copper:
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Another little copperhead:
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Some really cool pics on here guys- mother nature is pretty incredible!

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Post by Sam Sweet » July 30th, 2010, 7:28 pm

Here's a 3/4 inch juvenile arroyo toad out on the gravel bar where they spend 4-6 weeks after metamorphosis. If they don't move, you don't see them.

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Steve Atkins » July 30th, 2010, 7:34 pm

that's a pretty cool toad, do they look the same when they are adults?

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Sam Sweet » July 30th, 2010, 7:52 pm

Nah, but they go nocturnal as subadults and adults. They're really hard to see then, and using a flash is cheating, right?

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by KUJordan » July 31st, 2010, 1:18 pm

Oh yeah, forgot this guy. Don't let it hurt your mind...

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by jonathan » July 31st, 2010, 7:55 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by The Rookie » August 3rd, 2010, 11:37 am

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Crotalus Atrox.

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Carl Koch » August 3rd, 2010, 1:26 pm

Was going through some old photos, and came across this EDB shot. Imagine how many of THESE go unnoticed!

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Tim Borski » August 6th, 2010, 6:32 am

KUJordan, that Copper shot is stunning...for some reason it reminds me of a Gaboon viper. :mrgreen: Carl, cool EDB.
Here's a Pigmy I ran across last Saturday. (7/31/10) 'Good a reason as any for wearing boots in the field.
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Post by Eitan » August 6th, 2010, 2:02 pm

Mountain (Yarrow) Spiny Lizard Sceloporus jarrovii

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Re: Camouflage pics

Post by Steve Atkins » August 14th, 2010, 4:06 pm

same species, different habitats

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