Ever since the really hot weather started, we’ve been annoyed by flies.
The very thought of a chameleon is a morale-booster. These guys never miss! I know because I had chameleons many years ago and they were super-deadly to any flying or crawling or hopping insect. Much more accurate than I am with a fly-swatter.
It’s a pleasure to watch.
Well, I do! Some of you, I fear, think lizards are icky. Maybe I can win you over, with help from some of the little characters in this video.
By the way, the iguana riding the rumba is highly annoyed with someone or something. You can learn to read their body language, which is really quite expressive.
Eventually the Australian bearded lizards will make friends with the orange cat, once he’s convinced of the cat’s good intentions.
And you’ve got to love the baby chameleon who’s seeing running water for the first time and thinks he ought to be able to grab hold of it and climb it. Live and learn.
Here is an American anole (aka “chameleon”) reacting to his reflection in a mirror. The pink dewlap and the push-up motions are a common threat display.
My anole went far beyond what this one does. He turned several shades of brown and black and, with jaws gaping, lunged at his reflection. I had to take the mirror away, and I never showed it to him again.
Jambo, everybody! Mr. Nature here–I had to chase Dr. Credulous out of my chair.
I remember the first time I had chameleons and dumped an order of live crickets, dusted with vitamin powder, into the cage. Zap! Zap! Zappity-zap! All gone, in a matter of minutes.
I don’t know why, but something about Nancy Pelosi talking about having to “capture kids while they’re in high school” brought to mind hungry chameleons capturing defenseless crickets. But chameleons are an awful lot cuter.
Eyes in turrets that can focus independently, firmly anchored by a prehensile tail and a surprisingly strong grip, with a shooting tongue that’s usually quite accurate, and powerful jaws–not to mention the ability to change color, drastically: the Lord has abundantly and with genius equipped the chameleon to do its thing.
Here’s a lizard who knows exactly what he wants–blueberries! And if the floor’s too slippery for graceful locomotion, that’s a small price to pay.
People have been having a lot of fun with these Australian bearded lizards since they became popular. The lizards, I mean; not the people. I don’t much care for the idea of people as pets.
This is a wild gecko in Australia that came into someone’s house, as geckos often do, and most emphatically didn’t want to leave. Considering the very small size of this lizard, he puts up quite a tussle. Note the bobbed tail: it probably broke off, some time ago, and didn’t grow back all the way.
BTW, a lot of people like having geckos in their homes. They eat lots and lots of bugs.
In case you thought lizards have no voice, you were wrong. They just don’t feel the need to say much.
These Australian bearded lizards have become very popular as pets. Here, a beardie shares a threat display with his reflection in a mirror. Like a cat, he goes off to the side to look behind the mirror. I never saw a lizard do that before.
Mr. Nature says the beardie is a member of the Agamid family of lizards, which live in the Old World. Here in the New World, our big lizard family is the Iguanids. Although Agamids and Iguanids aren’t closely related, you might swear they were. Familiar Iguanid lizards have close counterparts among Agamids: the horned lizard (aka “horned toad”) and the Australian thorny moloch look like chips off the same old block. Even funnier, Iguanids and Agamids share a lot of the same behaviors–like head-bobbing as a threat display. Most Iguanids, from the little dime-store “chameleons” (green anoles, actually: not really chameleons at all) to the biggest iguanas, the males all head-bob at each other, usually serving as an alternative to actual fighting, which saves a lot of wear and tear on the lizards. (When the females fight, it’s for keeps.) And so do a lot of the Agamids.
I wonder why God set it up that way.
This baby leopard gecko is not yet socialized, so he gives a lot of sass to his attending human being.
I’ve had more kinds of lizards than you can shake a stick at, but only geckos can do the Pavarotti. I imagine this can be somewhat annoying, late at night.
I never had one of these little guys. All my lizards were daytime lizards, so they fell asleep at night. This gecko is probably up past his bedtime.
I once was present when a leopard gecko hatched out of his egg… and greeted the world with a surprisingly loud and indignant “peep-peep-paa!”
None of my lizards ever did that.
After a brutal week of politics, I’m outta here, I’m going for God’s stuff, and I’m takin’ you with me if you want to come.
“Unknowable” recently described an encounter with a tiny baby horny-toad, or rather horned lizard, which made me want to have one, too. I love lizards, and horned lizards are so unusual. They don’t grow very large, but this baby is the smallest one I’ve ever seen.
BTW, because they eat hardly anything but live ants, horned lizards don’t make suitable pets and should be allowed to remain in the wild and loved and appreciated just where they are.