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Tigs


Tigs
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-02-27
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 F 2.8 Macro, RAW
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-03-22 2:09
Viewed: 1198
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meet "Tigs" who is a (deep breath) Super Tiger Legged Waxy Monkey Frog or more simply Phyllomedusa tomopterna originally from the jungles of South America although Tigs was captive bred in the UK.

Tigs has a little story attached to him. Here in the UK these guys are not often seen so many people don't really know what to do with them. I'd popped into a reptile shop to buy some food for the other frogs I have and noticed a tiny little vivarium tucked away under a counter top with a little frog sat in it looking out at me. He was obviously starved to the point where every single bone in his body was sticking out over his rather dry skin and was barely able to move where he was so weak. Bare in mind that these come from tropical South America and here he was in winter in the UK with no heating, no lighting of any sort in a tiny little box with a dead sibling rotting in the corner of the box. The shop had been trying to feed him locusts nearly as big as him, and far more energetic then he was, so he was unable to catch them although if he had they were too big for him to swallow.
I asked the shop keeper if I could take him on as was so obviously close to death, and haggled for a while over just how much a half dead frog is worth.

Getting him home I washed him off a bit in clean water and placed him on a leaf in a nice warm humid tank with plenty of light and UV for him to soak up. Tigs was placed on a leaf, with everything else removed from the tank except his leaf and some hand selected tiny little crickets dusted with calcium/vitamin powder before being released into the tank. The crickets like to climb and there was only one thing to climb ... Tigs's leaf where they found a ravenous Tiger Leg waiting for them.
We didn't think he would survive 24 hours but he did, and as the cricket numbers declined he got stronger. It took him 3 weeks to finally move from his leaf, and it was 8 weeks before he discovered his inner tree frog and learned to jump for the first time. 4 Months later he is a healthy (although slightly smaller and his markings are a bit less vivid then they should be) Tiger leg Tree Frog who loves to climb things moving with a wonderful slow deliberate grace which is very un-froglike and why they are called Monkey Frogs.

He still has his original leaf (luckily it's plastic!) and loves to spend his days sleeping on it basking in the lights until night time when he wakes up to hunt.

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Hi Miles, he is gorgeous. ... ok sorry had to get that out of the way. He really stands out against the bg and is really detailed. I know you have the branch going left to right , I think it is just the fact that he is going down that makes me look twice. Fiona

Another stunning image by lights and details well done MILES HERBERT

Hi Miles

As always, perfectly focused, perfectly exposed and a great diagonal line.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 776 W: 26 N: 808] (9426)
  • [2016-03-22 15:07]

Hi Miles,
A fantastic shot and fantastic story - the photo is perfect in every way
Cheers
Jack

Excellent work. Like it.

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