Leapin’ lizards! On a scale of 1 – 10

00-Contest1-1Maybe it’s because I’m such a Harry Potter fan, but today, when I found our cat Mister “playing” with a lizard, I didn’t scream and run away. I didn’t shriek and leap up on a chair. I simply blinked, gulped and said, “what IS that, Mister? Is that a mouse? OMIGOD — it’s a LIZARD!!”

After making sure I really wasn’t going to swoon — and after shooing Mister away from his live “toy” — Bob gently picked up the little guy with a paper towel (we didn’t know if we should touch him) and put him in a plastic bowl.

I’ll call Animals in Distress, I said. http://www.idahowildliferescue.org/ (208-367-1026).


Well, it turns out they didn’t really know what to do with a “herp,” but volunteer Mady Rothchild went into action and faster than you could say Kimodo Dragon, Lance, a herp expert called.

I determined our little guy (I named him Sam) was probably a fence lizard.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://kaweahoaks.com/html/bluebelly_face.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.kaweahoaks.com/html/lizard_western_fence.htm&usg=__alGKu7nthJyHWklp0WQCbgnymwU=&h=206&w=300&sz=25&hl=en&start=15&sig2=wkxj_kb9Xks_a8eMsZhggA&tbnid=0kYjm0J-ssUAZM:&tbnh=80&tbnw=116&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfence%2Blizard%2Bidaho%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG&ei=AultSpGbFabktAOy0IDLDg

Lance said as long as it didn’t appear that Sam had any puncture (or worse!) wounds from his Mister encounter, I could probably — very gently — roll him out of the plastic bowl somewhere outside, preferable under a bush, safe from another cat attack. Lance said Sam was probably in shock and that any handling would be traumatic and that Sam needed to get his body temperature in check.

And sure enough, as soon as Sam was out of the bowl, he perked right up and took a very lizard-like stance under my wisteria bush.


So now you will know what to do, should a cat cross paths with a fence lizard at your house!

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One response to “Leapin’ lizards! On a scale of 1 – 10

  1. Mady Rothchild

    Hi J
    I finally watched your blog on the lizard. Very nice. Thanks for the plug for Animals In Distress Ass’n (AIDA) and the reference to my quick action with Lance. Do be careful with cat caught wildlife as cats have the bacteria, Pasteurella in their mouth and their bites cause septicemia.(a blood poisoning of sorts).(that is why cat fights almost always result in nasty abscesses. It usually only takes 2-3 days for birds to die from cat bites.
    Blah, blah, blah…..thanks for caring and I am glad everything turned out okay for lizard that Mister got.
    M

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