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Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Lizard's Tale

The sun is bright. The air is crisp. It is a good day for a boat ride down here in central Alabama. Six of us, cousins, brothers and in-laws as well as two small, furry-eared papillons piled onto a homemade pontoon for a float around the lake.
As soon as we left the dock we realized that we were accompanied by a lizard.  I think it was a small Green anole (Anoles carolinenses). The small lizard (5-8 inches, with tail) was unnerved to be moving  along with the boat. A few of the boat's human passengers were a bit jumpy as the lizard ran back and forth across the small boat deck so it wasn't long before someone had grabbed the lizard and flung in across the water. Upon impact the anole began to swim frantically toward shore.
There was a problem.
From its low viewpoint the lizard could not see the shore.  It changed directions several times.  Meanwhile, the PITA contingent on board the boat was in an uproar.
"Go back!" "Go back!" "It's going to drown."
(The fishermen on board knew that it was more likely to be swallowed by an observant bass - and soon.)
Our soft-hearted pilot turned the boat around and aimed for the lizard who was exhausted by the time we were close.
Yes, we were close but not close enough.
Kind Scarlett convinced her husband/boat pilot to turn around and try again. Time was running out for the green lizard who might quickly become a meal.
We circled back around. Our heroine was ready.
Before long the Lizard had been gently tossed onto the a nearby boat dock where it soon disappeared into the shadows.
And that is the story of the adventure of one lucky lizard.


TexWisGirl said...

Hurray!!! thanks for not letting that little guy perish! wasn't his fault!!! :)

rebecca said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

NCmountainwoman said...

A great story indeed. Glad it ended well.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

One Lucky Lizard ! Good People !!!

Andrea said...

Lucky lizard to be with good people! Now here many of our low-lying towns are experiencing floods and a lot of people are being rescued from their now submerged houses, the people are now being crowded in evacuation centers. And typhoons are still coming bringing more rains. And that is only the obvious because agricultural production suffered leading to limited stocks in the future and high prices. This is the first time many of these towns suffer flooding!

Sandra said...

so glad you saved it, I gasped in horror when it was thrown overboard. i love lizards and spend lots of time talking to and snapping my camera lens at ours. some of them even have names. we rescue them from our pool almost on a daily basis, silly things go down to drink and fall in

Beyond My Garden said...

Andrea, How awful for your communities that are suffering from the floods. The economic crises is very hard on so much of the world, combined with the climate changes that are making some places drier and other places like your area, much wetter.
I hope things get better soon.

Out on the prairie said...

A good ending for the little guy.

RedPat said...

A happy ending for the wee little guy!

pumpkydine said...

Yep! I'd say that is one lucky and fortunate lizard! Great story and pictures.

Rose said...

Someone could write a children's story from this!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

A lucky lizard and some kind-hearted humans.

Great story. I loved it.

A pocketful of joys (and lizards) to you,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Beyond My Garden said...

Rose, you write it and I'll publish it here!

Mark and Gaz said...

Fantastic photologue! Glad he's safe :)

PlantPostings said...

I agree with Rose--this would make a great children's story.