If you’re not fond of reptiles, you may want to skip this post. If, however, you don’t mind a lizard or two … or three, read along for a humorous story.
About a year ago, Big Dude found a quite large alligator lizard under our bar-b-que. The Teen decided he wanted to keep this particular lizard (unlike our usual catch & release modus operandi) and bought and built a habitat. Because we’re all well versed in Swamp People characters, we named our alligator lizard Clint. Problem: two weeks later “Clint” layed eggs. So we renamed her ‘Lizbeth (another Swamp People character).
Then, this last December, while doing yard work, we found an even larger alligator lizard in our garbage can. Because it was a particularly cold snap, we kept this lizard too, albeit in a different habitat. Alligator lizards have a fierce reputation for not getting along. We named him Clint. Post-cold-snap, we released Clint in our backyard.
We thought this lizard must surely be Clint. Alligator lizards aren’t exactly populous in our yard. LARGE allies are even less frequent. And this allie was mild-mannered and friendly (totally not typical), just like Clint had been. The coloring was a little different and the tail seemed longer, but we figured he could have changed in the last few months. Anywhooo, long story shorter: it’s mating season, and we let him into the cage.And we watched. Clint checked out the whole habitat; climbed here, climbed there, licking everywhere. I stopped watching after awhile, came inside, and then heard the Teen agitatedly saying, “No, GET HIM OUT, he’s EATING HER!” (remember: allies are stereotypically violent with each other)
I did a quickie Google search and determined that he was definitely not trying to eat her. The dudes let him go back in, and the duo quickly got down to bizness, lizard style: Within the hour, yet another big allie showed up on the habitat mesh. The Real Clint. Stubby tail and all.He chased off the imposter. And took up residence himself. The two are, so far, living happily ever after. We’ve already googled how to incubate the eggs we’re sure to find in a couple months.
Thus concludes this week’s tale of three lizards. I promise to post more poppies tomorrow to bring pretty back to the blog.