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Adult Cuban crocodile

August's Pic of the Month was taken by Charles Booher at Silver Springs in Florida. Charles is becoming a regular contributor to these pages, and with his stunning images it's no surprise. Cubans have always been one of my favourite species - they're stocky, smart, and uncompromising! They also have one of the most beautiful colourations of any crocodilian species.

Charles tells us the story behind the photograph:

"I could make up a great story about paddling off to Cuba to take this photograph, but I suppose you'd rather hear the truth.

My wife and I took a friend that was visiting from out of state, to the Silver Springs Attraction in central Florida. There are always plenty of alligators to see, but they also have a few exotic crocodilians. They are usually submerged or hiding somewhere in their enclosure. In the ten years I've been going there, I've never seen the Chinese alligator. I've also never seen any part of the Cuban crocodile except the top of it's head.

It wasn't a very good day for visiting a zoo. It was raining. However, since it was the only day we could take our friend, we went anyway. We were pleasantly surprised. Apparently the crocodilians were enjoying the rain. Several were out in plain sight. This Cuban crocodile was walking when we first spotted it, but stopped when we approached, which allowed me to get a good profile shot. The overcast sky reduced the reflections on the glass I was shooting through. I plan on visiting Silver Springs on a rainy day again.

I shot these photos with an Olympus C-2100 UZ digital camera. "


Would you like to enter your best photograph into the 2002 competition? Send me a photograph and I'll include the best here each month. The winner will be voted for in January 2003, and will receive an Ilfochrome print prize to be awarded in early 2003. The only criteria for submitting a photograph is this: it must capture the attention.


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