photographic prints of Australian snakes, lizards, frogs and their
frame is finished with a detailed caption, providing a unique insight into the behavior of
the wildlife depicted and accurate locality data. The captions for each of the samples shown are provided below:
Caption frame 1:
Black Whipsnake Demansia vestigiata
sites with spaced tussocks are the favoured haunts of the Black
Whipsnake. These areas afford them the distant views that
them an edge over both quarry and predator. Cruising through
mosaic of gaps at extraordinary speed, they scan the horizon with large
eyes that are capable of detecting even the slightest movement.
Black Whipsnakes can slip away from potential threats and
moving prey well in advance. Once a lizard is alerted to a
cruising Whipsnake and attempts to flee, it is pursued with superior
speed and agility until caught. These snakes often seize and
ingest struggling prey without a break in momentum as they hotly pursue
their next meal.
Centralian Blue-tongue emerges from the protection of a Hummock Grass
clump and moves to an exposed site, basking in the morning sunlight.
Climbing onto a partially embedded rock rising through the
gibber, he postures the body at right angles to the suns rays.
also tilts the body to one side, exposing a larger surface area to the
sun. Flattening the body and lying prostrate to the rock maximises the
absorption of radiant heat emanating from it's surface. The rock
also aids in breaking up the lizards outline,
him less obvious to the many raptors patrolling the skies overhead.
Reaching a body temperature requisite for normal activity as
quickly as possible is paramount whilst exposed and vulnerable to
predation. By employing a combination of postural adjustments
Centralian Blue-tongue improves his chances of survival.
photographs have been taken by the highly acclaimed, professional
herpetological photographer, Rob Valentic. Rob's work has graced the
pages of Australian Geographic, Reptiles Australia, Reptilian UK and
Reptiles USA magazines, along with numerous books and herpetological
journals worldwide. His photographs are represented online by two
professional agencies, the Nature Picture Library in Bristol (England)
and the ANT Photo Library in Melbourne (Australia). All of the
photographs have been taken on fully manual vintage film cameras
coupled to the world’s finest German Zeiss lenses.
slides have been professionally drum scanned at an extremely high
resolution, then outputted using the finest commercial printers
available. The resultant prints
are of the highest quality with a superior look and beautiful lustre.
They offer incredible detail, colour resolution and archival quality.
Encased in glass with rear seals, the prints are rated at a lifetime
without any sign of fading.
prints are then taken to be custom framed by a professional framer and
are sold ready to hang. The borders are double matted with archival
museum quality mats. Each has a caption that provides a unique insight
into the behaviour of the wildlife depicted and contains accurate
locality data where known. The colours of the mats have been
entirely to the discretion of the framer (35 years experience) and have
been chosen to best offset each print or multiple prints within a given
end result is a product offering
absolute quality for a lifetime to the discerning buyer.
first met Rob at a Melbourne Reptile Expo a couple of years back where
I was drawn to his display of framed photographic images. I can vividly
remember being mesmerised by the clarity and detail on an image of a
Dajarra Death Adder. Since then I have had the opportunity to view a
comprehensive number of Rob's images. I find the quality of his work
exceptional. To me he has the ability to showcase each specimen and
it's habitat at a premium, even to appear larger than life. Every time
I view a new image from Rob I find myself studying the subject for a
considerable amount of time. Not surprising that I found I had
to purchase one of Rob's framed prints and a wonderful image of a
Banded Knob Tail Gecko now takes pride of place on the wall
of our Gecko room."
Neil Charles (prominent Australian herpetologist).
have some good shots I think, but they are pretty boring compared to
say, Rob Valentic. The first time I saw some of his work, I
realised that the universe does contain examples of ultimate
perfection." Richard Wells (prominent Australian herpetologist).
"The pictures really glow with life, and they show the fantastic beauty of
their subjects to full advantage. Rob is a superb photographer, and manages to
capture his subjects in exactly the right poses, in exactly the right habitats,
with phenomenal lighting. A large picture of Rob's - of a whipsnake species
named after me, but which I've yet to see in life- adorns my office wall. I'm
afraid that after seeing this magnificent image so often, the real snake may
ultimately prove to be a bit of a disappointment!"
Rick ShineAM FAA, Professor in Evolutionary Biology.
"Rob's photography is the most breathtaking imagery seen and readers will no doubt be avid fans after this issue!" Simon Watharow (editor Reptiles Australia Magazine).
have a huge and varied collection of outstanding photographs
Australian Reptiles, Frogs and the diverse Australian landscape.
Frames are custom made to order.
Frames can include a species, multiple
species and/or their habitat upon
request. Feel free to browse my online gallery of
Australian reptiles and frogs to view a small
selection of what I have to offer. You can email me at email@example.com to discuss your specific