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.
Mark BlundellJune 28, 2011
I didn’t even notice the lizard at first, I was more drawn to the gentleman’s rather splendid facial attire!
Adam AllegroJuly 6, 2011
Hahaha, likewise, i thought it was part of his shirt! Great expression on both!!
Barbara YounglesonJuly 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!
Viveca KohJuly 23, 2011
Top ‘tache, lovely lizard – cracking portrait!
SandiAugust 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
Chris WrayAugust 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.