Monday, April 20, 2015

RIP, Ricky Lizardo

If you're squeamish, be warned: a deceased reptile is below (but it's not gross, just no longer alive).

The naturalist in me is really interested and wanted to examine him, while the animal lover in me is a wee bit sad. He does look like he died peacefully, he just lay down, rolled over, put his little lizard hand on his abdomen, and breathed his last. 

He's beautiful, with those blue spots...and he definitely has been around the block--note that he is missing his tail. For those who don't know, lizards can drop their tails as a defense mechanism. This is called caudal autonomy: when threatened, the lizard can detach its tail; the tail keeps wriggling (ewww) as a way to hopefully distract the predator and give the lizard a chance to get away. Cool, yes? (And admittedly a bit disturbing...).

Rest in peace, little lizard! There are lots of crickets and not cats in lizard heaven.

1 comment:

Annette said...

He really does have pretty markings. RIP