Sunday, November 4, 2007

Lizard in the House

After brunch today I sat on the sofa and saw this lizard on my fireplace screen. (It's a Fence Lizard, Sceloporus undulatus hyacinthinus.) Oh great, I've got to catch a lizard and get it out of the house. How did it get in? Maybe through a door when I went in or out, or maybe down the chimney. I looked at the cup and piece of cardboard I usually use for catching bugs and realized there's no way that would work. So I decided I better catch this thing with my hands. I went over and moved the screen and it scuttled down under the firewood holder. It moved way too fast for me to try catching it. OK, Plan B. Let it live on doodle bugs and little spiders in my house. It will probably (I hope) stay around the fireplace since there's lots of masonry that matches its camouflage there. And a month or 2 from now I'll find a lizard that died from thirst somewhere. Then I got the idea to try and trap it. I got a big glass pitcher with overhanging sides out of the kitchen and put a little bit of water in it. I put the pitcher by the masonry step in front of the fireplace. So hopefully when the lizard gets thirsty enough it will jump into the pitcher and won't be able to climb out. We'll see! In the meantime I guess I have a houseguest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Neat! I want a lizard pet. What ever happened to him?