That time of year…

Lizard on rock by Francesco Ungaro from Pexels

We have a lot of lizards around our house. When we moved in over 10 years ago, there was wood paneling in the garage. We tore it down, and as we pulled it off the walls, thousands of old lizard egg shells rained down. It sounded like a rainmaker. That was our first clue that we unintentionally moved into a lizard habitat.

There are always lizards outside on our walls, trees, and deck. We see geckos, green anoles (similar to what is in the picture above), and the Texas Spiny Lizard that resembles the horny toads we had in Arizona (but without the head ridge).

I like the lizards. They eat bugs. They are wonderful, until one of our cats catch them and bring them inside. And this time of year, the lizards are very active, and so my cats have lots of fun.

The other day it was cool-ish at night, and I opened the widows. I closed them in the morning, and later that day saw a lizard on the glass. INSIDE the screen.

Clearly it was brought in by one of the cats and released for later enjoyment. Don’t worry, I managed to catch her and release her outside.

Andi and Max, our cats, treat the lizards differently. Andi is a catch and release kind of cat:

Andi: See this lizard I brought into the house? Isn’t it fun? See how it runs?
Me: Great, let me catch it and set it free.
Andi: Fine, fine. I’m hungry from all that hunting. I’d like my tasty canned food now.

Max, on the other hand, is a waste-not, want-not kind of cat:

Max: See this lizard I brought into the house? Isn’t it fun? Look how it runs.
Me: Great, let me catch it and set it free.
Max: NO! MINE! (munch munch munch). I left you the tail.

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