Leapin’ lizards!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Photography, Travel | 6 Comments

Black-throated monitor, Las Vegas Boulevard

During the early evening hours, crowds begin to emerge along the Strip in Las Vegas. This handsome critter (the reptile, not his handler) is a black-throated monitor. According to his owner, these lizards can grow up to seven feet (2.1m) long and weigh more than sixty pounds (27kg). They are native to Tanzania, but judging from this content fellow, they are happy in the balmy and bustling city of Vegas. Just one of many “wildlife” encounters I had while strolling Las Vegas Boulevard.

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  1. Mark Blundell
    June 28, 2011

    I didn’t even notice the lizard at first, I was more drawn to the gentleman’s rather splendid facial attire!
    Great portrait!

  2. Adam Allegro
    July 6, 2011

    Hahaha, likewise, i thought it was part of his shirt! Great expression on both!!

  3. Barbara Youngleson
    July 7, 2011

    The one with the beady eyes just kind of sneaks up on you! Wonderful street photography; so many stories to tell. Absolutely right decision to process this in B&W. Somehow, you’ve managed to eliminate the creep factor; they’re both cute!

  4. Viveca Koh
    July 23, 2011

    Top ‘tache, lovely lizard – cracking portrait!

  5. Sandi
    August 10, 2011

    Hi, My name is Sandi Haas and my husband is the man in the photograph. Together with my husband we run Curious Critters Rescue. As a rescue we took Norbert, the Black Throat Monitor in and gave him his forever home. He is a great guy and so much fun to be around. I am emailing you to thank you all for posting the picture and making such wonderful comments. I was also wanting to know if by chance you would be willing to let us use the picture on our webpage or business cards? Also might you have a copy of it or any other pics in color we might be able to use? I am not a very good photographer so my pictures come out barely usable…LOL

    Please let me know. Thanks! Sandi

  6. Chris Wray
    August 11, 2011

    Thanks, Sandi for your kind comment and inquiry. I’d be happy to license for the use of my photo for your web and print promotional use. I will email you the details.


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