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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A Personal Favourite

You may have realised by now that I love Herps. They are not to everyone's taste I know but I really enjoy having them around and there is one particular species that is a personal favourite.
The Desert Spiny Lizard was the first close reptilian encounter I had when we first moved in. We had a group of people working to clear all the Buffle Grass that had taken over our land. It was a chilly winter morning. The grass was being bundled into bins before being put onto a trailer. I walked past an empty bin and saw a pair of eyes looking up at me. One of the guys had found a lizard and put it in a bin! I wasn't sure what his long term plan was for the lizard but I didn't want it kidnapped lizardnapped so I asked if I could move it. The lizard was cold and so very sluggish so it tolerated me lifting it out of the bin and carrying it to a warm sheltered spot to thaw.


 Ever since that day I have been smitten! This one lives outside our bedroom and each morning is perched on the same rock, catching the warming rays of the rising sun.


And this one hangs out by our kitchen window. He has a favourite tree where he rests up during the heat of the day.


And this wily character sits under the outside light at the front of the house and feeds on the insects that come to the light.


I love my scaly neighbours.

Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

8 comments:

Loredana Donovan said...

Unique photos of your scaly neighbors. Visiting from Nature Notes :)

Warren said...

great pictures! The lizard in the glove is a real looker

Kathie Brown said...

Celeste, I like them as well, though I like bird better! He's a pretty boy! (or girl.)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh how cute..personality too...Michelle...

Celeste said...

Thanks for dropping by Loredana :)

Celeste said...

I thought he/she was very handsome too Warren :)

Celeste said...

I know birds are your first love Kathie but we share a love for the natural world in it's entirety. :)

Celeste said...

Thanks Michelle, I was charmed by that face :)

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