Sorry Mr. Lizard

Blue killed a lizard that has been living in our backyard for a long time.  I’m not sure what he plans to do with it, but he has proud of himself.

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I felt bad for the lizard.  Also, I think Blue Tailed Lizards are pretty.  That’s right, I said it.  I like lizards.

Holding a Snake

I was wondering what it would be like to hold a snake.  I went to Animal Trax in Madison, Alabama, because they specialize in reptiles.

I talked with the store clerk about why someone would want to have a pet snake.  They don’t interact with their owners much and they just seem to hang out in their cages all day.  The clerk gave me a list of reasons, but I still don’t see the attraction.

She let me hold an adult Ball Python, because they tend to be docile.  The first thing I noticed was the skin felt smooth and soft.  The snake is also strong and muscular.  I could feel the muscles contracting and relaxing as the snake wrapped around my hand and started to slide up my arm.

I thanked the store clerk, bought some dog treats, and headed home.  It was an interesting experience.

 

Here be Dragons

While at the Birmingham Zoo, I saw a Komodo Dragon.  I have been fascinated by these creatures for a long time, because they are so unique.

  • These lizards are massive in size.  They can reach 10 feet in length and weigh 155 pounds.
  • The Komodo Dragon looks like a lazy lumbering creature, but it is actually very fast.  It can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour.
  • They are strong enough to kill a water buffalo.
  • It was once believed the Komodo Dragons were poisons lizards, because once a prey was bitten it would die within a couple of days from complications of the bite.  However, scientist discovered the prey’s death was actually caused by the toxic bacteria in the dragons mouth.  (Think about that for a minute.  The Komodo Dragon must have the nastiest breath on earth.)

I was glad to get a chance to see a living Komodo Dragon.  That was cool.