Picture of the Month - Caecilian

3 years 8 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #2485 by admin
The latest picture of the month was an easy pick. The shot has so much going for it....... a great photo that cleverly uses the background as a major part of the picture, perfect framing and use of DOF, a new species, AND an animal order that few of us have seen or know anything about. Easy to decide.

This month's winner is Ton Smit'sfantastic image of a new species of Caecilian in the Khao Yai National Park. You can read more of how Ton took the photograph by clicking here

"The caecilians are an order (Gymnophiona) of amphibians that superficially resemble earthworms or snakes. They mostly live hidden in the ground, making them the least familiar order of amphibians. Caecilians' vision is limited to dark-light perception,[6] and their anatomy is highly adapted for a burrowing lifestyle. They have a strong skull, with a pointed snout used to force their way through soil or mud. In most species, the bones in the skull are reduced in number and fused together, and the mouth is recessed under the head. Their muscles are adapted to pushing their way through the ground, with the skeleton and deep muscles acting as a piston inside the skin and outer muscles." See more information on Caecilians at WikiPedia





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3 years 8 months ago #2502 by Bagheera
Really nice shot this Ton, got a wonderful moody feel to it.
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