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never seen before

By gbentley  
Out in the bush this weekend. Was photographing a family of monkeys and following them quietly down to the Zambezi river. I looked up and saw 2 large monitor lizards locked in embrace and thrashing the water rushing past me in the current. I managed to squeeze off 5 frames as they shot past, but sadly only had a 70-200mm on my camera at the time - so this pic is a severe crop. In my whole life in Africa, I have never seen this or heard of it before? Has anyone? Are they mating or fighting? cheers gareth

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cats_123 Plus
13 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
28 May 2006 1:11AM
well caught...didn't even knew they swam..suggest they're mating..


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28 May 2006 1:11AM
I can't help with the behaviour I am afraid...all I know is you witnessed and captured something extraordinary...well done...
georg Plus
13 4 South Africa
28 May 2006 1:15AM
by this embrace I would say they are mating!!
Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
28 May 2006 1:48AM
wow what a capture brilliant
Dennie Plus
13 260 United Kingdom
28 May 2006 2:58AM
Scarey site. Amazing capture. Denise x
28 May 2006 3:58AM
What a great photo op.!
Well caught!
Dawn Smile
28 May 2006 4:25AM
Well caught
Great it a lot
I almost had an image like this last week..not of this type of lizard, but of a much smaller pair of lizards called anoles..the two males suddenly charged at each other and bit each other over the mouth, just as these two are doing, except of course on land, after a few moments they let go and ran off.apparently it is their mating season for the anoles here as they do a display of the "flag" of skin under their chins, also as a warning that that is their "territory".I missed out on capturing the two I had seen because the fight was over very quickly.
31 May 2006 11:48PM
Hi Gareth, I spent most of my life on the Zambezi River banks and although I've seen hundreds of these leggies I have never had the luck you've had in seeing something like this, great capture. My uncle (Zooologist)has told me before that these guy's mate in water, so I'd go with matingSmile.

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