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Sind Sand Gecko

Crossobamon orientalis


Monsoon is that time of the year when insect activity is at its peak. While herping in Thar Desert I came across many Antlions swarming the vicinity. While Geckos were having a field day with easy supply of food, they were also getting pestered with the sheer number of Antlions. I saw this Antlion crawl all the way up to the head and fly off a few minutes later. Couldn't take my eyes off the amalgamation of those pair of eyes !


Thar Desert - World's 17th largest desert, and the world's 9th largest subtropical desert.

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Vipul Ramanuj
Vipul Ramanuj 2 years ago

Big thanks to Project Noah and especially the Rangers for choosing this image as the Winner of 2016's best wildlife photos. Herping in Thar Desert is quite an experience and is not explored much. I am happy to share the richness of this Desert with you all.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 3 years ago

Absolutely amazing shot.. congrats!!!

triggsturner 3 years ago

Great work Vipul. Congrats on your win.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago were at the right place at the right time, perfect capture!

MohitVerma 3 years ago

Congrats Vipul. :) :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Awesome! Congratulations.

armadeus.4 3 years ago

Winning shot indeed. Congratulations Vipul! Very well deserved :)

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Vipul, this stunning image is the winner of our 2016 Best Photo contest in the Reptile category!


Don't forget to join the 2017 Best Photo mission:

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

That's a very impressive shot.

Terrific photograph!

sunnyjosef 3 years ago

Congrats Vipul

triggsturner 3 years ago

Great image Vipul. Congrats on your SOTD.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Congrats Vipul, this amazing image has been selected as Spotting of the Day!



Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Rajasthan, India

Lat: 26.82, Long: 70.42

Spotted on Sep 3, 2015
Submitted on Jun 27, 2016

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