Leaping Lizards

It was real hot here yesterday, with the temperature going up to 93°F and it felt oppressive.  The forecast is calling for a week of low to mid 90s and we are supposed to get some rain, which should cool things down for a while.  Yesterday I went shopping and I was not able to turn the key in the ignition switch which was so frustrating, as I was sweating my ….. off, but eventually it did work.  Note to self, have that looked at.  I think that the lizards love this weather, otherwise they would never have all moved here.

Lizards are everywhere, slinking around in silence, and you never know when one is going to pop up.  One scared the crap out of me the other day when I opened up my mailbox and he came crawling out.  I just said he, as I am not sure what sex it was, or even if lizards have different genders.  They crawl on everything.  Up the walls, on the windows and they can even hang upside-down on the ceiling.  You never hear them, as they are extremely silent creatures and for the most part, they are harmless.

They come in different colors and I think that some of them are cute.  Some people keep lizards as pets and feed them bugs.  My cats are always interested in lizards and they try to sneak up on them to toy with them.  When a cat is stalking a lizard, they are very silent and their movements are very direct.  Usually they don’t kill them, but for some reason they like to parade around with the lizard hanging out of their mouth.  I have to think that must leave a bad taste in their mouths, as I can’t think of eating many things nastier than a lizard.  I hate when their tails fall off and I see them still wiggling around.

Written for 5/25/19 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “silent/silence”.

16 thoughts on “Leaping Lizards

  1. Regarding the ignition switch, first squirt some WD40 in there. If that doesn’t work, it might just be the tumblers wearing out a little. The most common adaptation would be to put the key in only 95% of the way and then turn. Lastly put the key in slightly different positions while tuning gently.

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  2. Ewww! My cat was staring intently at a shelf of my DVD cabinet last night. I shined a flashlight in there… nothing. I hope it wasn’t one of those invisible lizards! 🦎

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  3. My cats are all indoors, so they don’t bring us little presents. There have been occasions when a palmetto bug gets in the house, and I’ve had to kill the poor creature because one or more cats has been catching it, releasing it, and chewing its legs off, one at a time.

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    1. They want to let you know what good hunters they are. I am usually able to get the lizards out of their mouths to let them outside. My cats are also indoor cats, but the lizards always seem to be able to get into the closed in patio liani.

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  4. I thought the video was going to show the detached tail wiggling around. haha it didn’t though. That is very disturbing to see it. We used to have lizards where we lived one time and that would happen sometimes. I never see any around here, though.
    Try to keep cool & have a great weekend! 🙂

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  5. We’re living through the 90s, too, and it’s harsh. I like lizards — wouldn’t keep one as a pet but I think they’re fascinating to watch.

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  6. Lizards make wonderful friends for those that are allergic to the furry friends or prefer a quiet, often relaxed companion! Haha… they do have genders : ) Many species can be identified as a boy or a girl by their humans at home. There’s videos on how to do so. I’ve had males and females of different species. I’ve been blessed to have highly intelligent and loving scaly friends. They fathom love as well!

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    1. Thanks for sharing that Dawn. My friend had a snake for a pet and it was so useless, as all it did was lie in its cage. I think having a lizard would be much cooler as at least they move around.

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      1. You’re welcome, and I enjoyed the read. All animals, like people, perk up when they have some freedom. The snake could have been depressed, but they don’t do much anyway so it’s difficult to tell. Yes, you may not believe me, but many lizards have as much personality as a dog… & more than some humans 🙂

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