Thanks for the comments.
R.S. Elliott, I use a Sony DSC-F828. It is capable of much better pictures. And people who know how to take pictures could do much more with much less. I use a technique that I call the lottery technique lol. That is take a lot of pictures and hope 1 or 2 turn out. Prior to this I had an Olympus compact that I really liked. It took better pictures than my friends Kodak which had similar specifications. Check out this website http://www.dpreview.com/
for some great information. If you are taking closeups, than you are going to be concerned with the macro function. It usually list a value which represents how close you can get and still be able to focus. The smaller the value the closer you can get. I wouldn't be as concerned with megapixels as long as it is 3 or better. The main benefit of more megapixels is that it can be like having more zoom. The more megapixels the more that you can crop or zoom into the picture and it still remains clear. My best recomendation would be to get information from a real photographer, but hopefully I have helped some.
Arietans, nearly 48 hours after taking the photos she is just as dark. I have noticed that the females that I have seen (only 4 ever) have been quite a bit darker and less distictive of a pattern as the males (more than 25). However, she is the darkest that I have seen and I am wondering if it is a result of cooler temperatures than she would be having in the wild. I should probably provide her with above room temperature conditions.