Cute as a Lizard

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You wouldn’t think that there’d be so much wildlife in suburbia. I’ve got loads of non-writing related things to do at the moment, one of which included a drive to town this morning. When I got back and opened the security gate to come inside the house, a humungous lizard fell on my head, and got a good grip.
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Not funny. Not funny. No matter how much I screamed, jumped, and shook my head, the bugger hung on for dear life until I physically had to hold him around his middle and put him down. Not a zen experience at all. I’ve never seen a lizard run so fast. That poor guy probably got a bigger fright than I did, but harmless as they are, I really don’t want to do that sort of thing ever again. Yesterday I nearly connected with a hairy baboon spider the size of a plum, clutching its ball of eggs, directly above the laundry room door. So I’ll just be wearing whatever’s in my cupboard until they hatch and it goes away.
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It’s funny how much looks really matter to us. I know that some lizards can be really cute and friendly. There was one up in Zimbabwe that regularly popped into the kitchen for a snack. But the thought of actually touching a lizard creeps me out. We also had a rather large frog that came in every night and slept on a pile of files in a niche behind my desk. He really was a handsome specimen as frogs go, and eventually got named Prince. But even he went on an unscheduled trip when he hopped on to my naked foot when I was banging away at my keyboard in the early hours of one morning. He wasn’t hurt, I hasten to add, but his attempt at being a cute foot frog pet failed horribly, purely because of his looks.
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My weaver birds on the other hand, get to do any old thing that they want to do because they score 100% on the cute scale. Jelly is the only bird I’ve ever seen that has pucker full-blown tantrums. If he feels that anyone else is getting too much attention, he’ll zoom around shouting for a while, and then head over and pretend to be an earring by munching down on my earlobe and refusing to let go. But this isn’t a face I could ever be cross with. Sorry grasshopper.
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So. The moral of this completely inane bit of waffle appears to be that cute matters after all. And you have to be especially careful of humans if you are slimy or scaly in any way. And if all else fails, try and be as cute as you can. Back to work for me.

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47 thoughts on “Cute as a Lizard

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    LOL – that Lizard was a kamikaze I bet, “cruising’ for a bruising’ ” as they say in the posh parts of Glasgow, Scotland LOL 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      LOL Chris! He got more than he bargained for if his vertical drop down ambush was planned, poor guy. He REALLY didn’t want to let go. 😀

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    M T McGuire said:
    January 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Love the owl gif!

    Cheers

    MTM

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      He wants to see who’s trying to capture his soul in a picture I reckon. 😀 Courtesy of the lovely M T McGuire’s coolest word I’ve ever seen – and he’s thinking – phnark?

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        M T McGuire said:
        January 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        Unless he’s like Humbert the Fowl Mouthed Parrot, in which case he’s probably thinking “wipe my conkers.”

        Cheers

        MTM

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

          LOLOLOLOL! You are my funniest blogger bud ever! 😀 Phnark. Ha ha haaaaaaa!

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    Lawrence Grodecki said:
    January 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Confucius would say, “This is why a lady should always wear a hat when leaving the house.”

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      That’s a cool idea Lawrence – and I’ll have the excuse of having to protect myself from lizard attacks. 😀

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        Lawrence Grodecki said:
        January 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Your bravery is worth a feather in your cap! 😉

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

          Feathers are a LOT cuter than scales. LOL! 😉

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            Lawrence Grodecki said:
            January 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

            Don’t be so dramatic!

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              January 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

              LOLOLOLOL! Those poor lizard guys! Ha haaaaa! Now you made me check the ceiling. 😀

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                Lawrence Grodecki said:
                January 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

                Well if you learned anything from that video, you will watch your toes as well, especially that pinkie on your right foot…some lizards are well-known for their foot fetish.

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                  jorobinson176 responded:
                  January 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

                  My pinkie. My precious (not Gollum 🙂 ) I’ve had toads and rats seemingly partial to my tootsies, so you could be on to something here Lawrence. 😀 Maybe the steel heeled boots are better when scribbling. 😉

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    cicampbell2013 said:
    January 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Heart attack if it had happened to me I reckon 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 14, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      I reckon I was just about there – Dettoled the old noggin properly! 😀 xx

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    simplyilka said:
    January 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Oh dear! You have quite some wild life around you. The baboon spider would freak me out.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      It’s still there too, and a lovely friend reminded me that when all those babies hatch they might just head into the house – so bottoms of doors properly closed. 😀

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    francisguenette said:
    January 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The cuteness factor is a big one – consider the cute little squirrel as compared to the horrid rat. Both are rodents and both can do a ton of damage up in the roof. But give me the squirrel any day!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Love squirrels! Pet shop rats are cute – we had some rotter bush rats up in Zimbabwe though. Those guys made me run! 🙂

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    Sherri said:
    January 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Goodness, I would have crashed the car I think if that had happened to me!!! You certainly have a lot of wildlife living close by! My daughter would love it! She used to catch lizards when we lived in California and ‘tickle’ their bellys to make them go to sleep! Hope you are having a good week Jo 🙂 xxx

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Not fond of lizards on the noggin Sherri. LOL! Nearly keeled over. I never knew that lizards go to sleep when you tickle their bellies – just goes to show and proves the cute theory. Still – I reckon I’ll pass on doing that. It’s been the best week of my life I think – what you send about life changing in a moment. Loving your windows so much by the way. You have a lovely weekend. 🙂 xxx

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        Sherri said:
        January 21, 2014 at 12:06 am

        Just catching up with replying, so much for my new regime lol, here it is Monday night, and late, BUT I am perservering with the weekly photo challenges come what may lol!!! So glad that you are enjoying the windows, thanks so much Jo 🙂
        Wow – life turning on a dime and all that??? Here’s to a wonderful week ahead… 🙂 xxxxxxx

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm

          And a wonderful week to you lovely Sherri! I’m seriously impressed with your photography – it’s art & those window shots would make brilliant wall prints I reckon. 🙂 xxxxxxxxxx

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            Sherri said:
            January 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

            Wow, thanks Jo, I’m really humbled, goodness, thanks! Smiling from ear to ear now… 🙂 xxxxxxx

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    Forget the Viagra...Pass me a Carrot! said:
    January 18, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    I read Jo Robinson’s blog Cute as a Lizard earlier in the week – and it not only made me laugh but brought back shenanigans with Chameleons in CapeTown. They were abundant in the garden and my brother and I would climb into the lower branches of a particularly favourite tree of theirs and watch the colour show. My mother was not a fan so I am afraid a couple made it into the house, not necessarily under their own steam. She also was not keen on my science project which was breeding silk worms in the garage. Anyway a delightful blog and Jo also has some serious messages about conservation.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you so much Sally! Your poor mother – ha haaaaaa! I loved my years living in Cape Town. That place always stays in your heart I reckon. Silk worms are cool, soft, warm little guys as I remember, although I wouldn’t want to play with one these days. I’m loving your posts, and I especially enjoyed your reblog Saturday – following some new blogs now. 🙂

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    Sue Dreamwalker said:
    January 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I have to say Jo, reading and laughing at the same time, but not funny if you are the one with a Lizard on your head.. 🙂 I over came my fear of spiders some years ago but to have one as big as plum with babies.. Hummm, glad I live in the UK lol… Loved the photos you shared… thank you.. I enjoyed reading this post.. 🙂

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      diannej65 said:
      January 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

      I’m with you Sue! So glad we don’t have lizards and spiders the size of plums!!! Love the post. It made me chuckle from the safety of Yorkshire!

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        jorobinson176 responded:
        January 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Aaah – but are you sure Dianne…….? 😀

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      LOL! Thank you Sue. I seem to attract scary animal incidents, although I always find them hilarious afterwards because I love all those little guys even though though creep me out on my head. Much better than my loo under a tree hippo incident though – this old gal can run!

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        Sue Dreamwalker said:
        January 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        Wooooo! now that sounded One Scary Incident!… Makes my life very tame 🙂 haha.. xxx

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm

          LOL! I’m amazed at how fast I can run sometimes. 😀 xxxx

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    Donicia said:
    January 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Humurous…don’t get me wrong…I’d freak if it had happened to me…but gotta say the lizard got lots of strength! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      LOL! That guy was really strong – he took some hair with him even though I tried to be as gentle as I could with him. 😀

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        Lawrence Grodecki said:
        January 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        Are you still talking about the lizard here? 😉

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        Donicia said:
        January 21, 2014 at 1:33 am

        Perhaps that’s just the natural strength of the guy without any intention of hurting you 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          January 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

          I think you’re right – lizards actually seem like cool little creatures. 🙂

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