Monday, June 05, 2006

Life Among the Lizards

Upon exiting my house, I enter into a mini-Jurassic Park. I can hear them shake the leaves, see them scatter rapidly across the patio, sense them watching me. I have, at last count, 1.63 billion lizards in my yard and they're taking over.

A few weeks ago, I hung a cheap birdhouse in the butterfly garden. Yeah, it was a clearance item for $4 but to one certain lizard, it is a mansion fit for a, well, lizard. Every morning while I water the blooming plants and shrubs, I see him peering down from the front door opening thingie. From way up high, he surveys the garden that he probably tells his lizard buddies, he "hired" to have landscaped.

Last night while I ooh'd and ahh'd over the first nasturtium bloom and hidden baby corn tassel, I felt those beady little eyes on me again. This time, a lizard was perched high above the green beans. He had declared the bean trellis his kingdom and all who should approach should, like, shudder in fear or something. I have no gripes with him being there, I just hope he's keeping the kingdom clean of bug scum. I think he may be doing just that because I saw a fair maiden on a large green leaf. A ladybug. Such royalty is always welcome in the garden.

I do warn all of these lizards of the threat that pecks among them. The chickens. Before Xena left, he had pecked a tail off of one lizard that lives near the air conditioning unit. Whenever I see that stumpy tail of his, I am fondly reminded of the brute that used to live here. I can sympathize with the lizard because that pullet-turned-cockerel bruised the crap out of my forearm. He's got one mean beak.


Blogger Lacy said...

Sounds like you have one hell of an "organic" bug eating arsenal! My ladies spent the weekend under my deck scratching up all the debris down there, and I'm pretty sure they're waging a winning war on the gigantic 2" roaches that live down there!

PS-- that land was beautiful!

June 05, 2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Dave2 said...

I love lizards... I think that are the absolute coolest creatures, and am really jealous of you now! :-)

June 05, 2006 3:37 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Lucky girl to have lizards! What kind are they? I think some kind of skink is supposed to be in our area, but I have never seen one.

June 06, 2006 10:02 AM  
Blogger Juli said...

Lacy: Yeah, I'm quite happy to have the lizards in the gardening 'hood. :) The girls don't seem to mind the lizards too much. Xena did but then again, HE went after the squirrels, too. He had no fear! The girls saw a snake slither by us all the other day and they quietly bocked a little but basically let it go about its way. *I thought that TX land was pretty, too!

Dave: YOU jealous of ME?? That's a first! :)

MG: By what I've been able to tell, they are anoles. I've added a link to the post which wasn't there originally.

June 06, 2006 10:40 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Anole all right. It's the exotic brown anole. They're cute imps, but they can outcompete (eat) our native anoles. I've got them too and they are here to stay in FL so I just try and provide good habitat for both kinds. Rocks and stacks of branches provide a nice shelter for them (or fancy bird houses) and I like to think they pay me back by eating garden insects.

June 06, 2006 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, I just now found ONE HALF of one of those lizards on the front porch... the front half.... none of the four cats are owning up to it for some reason.

June 06, 2006 9:46 PM  
Blogger maggie said...

I was just thinking, "Those must be anoles", because I've seen no such thing here.

When I lived in Africa I had geckos in the thatch of my roof. At night they'd hang out on the walls and make little chirping noises as they destroyed the bug population. I miss those guys... Here, I've only seen skinks. Everytime I can catch one, I toss it in the veggie garden and hope it stays!

June 06, 2006 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Janneke (theefiets) said...

Are there lizard diseases there, like we have rabbit diseases here? My parents' farm is always filled with rabbits, all over, but every year it starts with a few ill or dead rabbits and it ends with a whole lot of them just dead and only a few living left. RHD or Myxomatosis usually. Seems fun to me, all those lizards... we don't have em! But it wouldn't be nice to clean up a lot of dead ones... :(

June 08, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger Wildside Musing said...

Oh, so cool, your yard of lizards! (Very much a novelty for me -- but should I be afraid to touch?)

June 12, 2006 2:02 PM  

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