A Mystic Lizard

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Linda mentioned this yesterday: Ouroboros, “that eateth his own tail,” an ancient symbol of sorcery.

Hi! Mr. Nature here, and welcome to the world of folklore and real stuff. The Worm Ouroboros, in addition to being the title of a really cool fantasy by E.R. Eddison, is folklore. Just like those stories of the Hoop Snake, down South, which supposedly takes its tail in its mouth and rolls down a hill.

But there’s also the armadillo lizard of South Africa, and here he is:

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Why does he grip his tail in his mouth? Is it some kind of lizard yoga exercise? No–it’s a defense against being swallowed by a snake. Who wants to swallow a ball of spikes?

I used to have a couple of armadillo lizards. In the total absence of anything to be afraid of, mine never bit their tails. They were spunky little lizards, with a lot of go to them.

But of no use whatsoever in any kind of magic. (Not that I tried!)

15 comments on “A Mystic Lizard

  1. What a neat looking little critter! You’ve had some unusual creatures in your day, Lee, and this little guy is no exception. And what an amazing ability God gave them for their defense – spikes! Very cool! 🙂

    1. The one in the picture is a baby: they get a lot bigger. I couldn’t afford the big red armadillo lizard, but my little black ones were just fine.

    1. We lift you up in prayer, UnKnowable. Feel better. Rest, plenty of fluids – and a little cuddling from your loving ball of fur 🙂

    2. Ach, you too? Find a good book and lose yourself in it for a while, kimosabe. We’ll all pray for you, and it will pass. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

    1. I’m on the mend already. This was a strange one, it came on fast but seems to be leaving nearly as fast as it came.

    1. That is just so sweet! One of God’s innocent creatures getting a well deserved chance at life thanks to help from some really good people ❤

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