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Photograph by Tim Laman

Be it ever so humble in name, the green tree skink shines as one of the more flamboyant reptiles in Palau, where it's reputed to have an affection for sweets. Some 69 reptile species live across the islands of Micronesia, Fiji, and Polynesia, and more than half of those are endemic. Adept at crossing the high seas, many reptiles migrated from nearby islands, clinging to logs, rafts, or other floating transport.


Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS3
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 100mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/16

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: I used a strobe with a small soft box.



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