Lizardry

West central Florida is the land of lizards. Fortunately, our lizards do not reach large sizes, and they are relatively harmless. In fact, I am told that they eat critters that we want to get rid of, such as roaches. They appear on the sides of walls, in the garden, and even occasionally take a ride on the hood of the car, hanging on for dear life. Some may remember my love affair with a lizard who resided in my home and survived for weeks and weeks. When I finally lost track of him, I feared pulling out the sofa and cleaning behind it for fear I would discover his carcass. This summer has seen a much larger lizard population in our house. When they come in, we don’t know, for they just appear. If they can be lured onto a piece of paper, they will stay put until they are deposited outside. However, getting them onto that paper can be a real chore. Recently, I noticed a tiny, tiny lizard cavorting just below my computer keyboard. I was able to “escort” him onto a sheet of paper to the door and outside easily. I don’t feel like a real hero, but being a lizard-saver does make one feel like a “critter-tarian” in a very small way.

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About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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4 Responses to Lizardry

  1. arcadian48 says:

    I do find them fascinating too. They’re everywhere around my complex. Whenever I walk out to the car, it seems that half a dozen of them scamper off across the concrete. Some of them are SO tiny!

  2. Shirley says:

    Thom, my husband and I were just in St. Pete for a week and were amazed at how many of these little critters were around our house there, more than we’d ever seen before. That part was okay but not the droppings that they had left all on our dining room carpet beneath a window while the house was vacant. It is this way every time we go down and were told there was nothing we could do by an exterminator. By the way, we need to get together on one of our trips to St. Petersburg.

    • bobosbest says:

      Shirley, we must indeed get together. I think Jackie was in town while you were here, and we had lunch together.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh, I am so sorry!!! I would love to have seen Jackie also, and to have both of you there at the same time would have been a huge treat! I hope something works out next time.

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