Lizards, Snakes & Frogs – Oh My!

April 23, 2008

We’ve been living here in Austin for almost two weeks now, and I swear I’ve seen more critters in these past two weeks than I have in all the time I lived in So Cal. Don’t get me wrong – I love critters! It’s Kevin I’m worried about.

Earlier this week, we went out to bring a load of laundry to the facilities here at the apartment complex, and just outside our door in the breezeway was a stripped garden snake. It was a thin little thing and wouldn’t dare move when we passed by it, but Kevin ran past it like it was spitting and ready to bite! :lol: I wish I had my camera, because it was cute and tiny, nothing that could have harmed Kev in the least.

That same night, I found a large toad near the sidewalk, and pointed it out to Kevin. He wasn’t afraid of it, but wasn’t as fascinated with it like I was. Again, it was too dark to get a good photo. :-( I think he made a comment like, “What is this – a witch’s cauldron!?” Hahahaha!

So, last night, we were doing another load of laundry and walked passed our neighbors window, when Kevin noticed a longish critter on the screen.

Kev: “What is that, a walking stick?”
Me: “No, it’s a lizard.”
Kev: “Eh, I wouldn’t want that thing in my house!”

You probably can guess where this is going…

Little lizard on our blinds. So, last night around 3:00 AM we were startled by Kanji jumping onto (or into, I’m not sure which) the blinds in our bedroom.

Yup, there was a lizard on the blinds. It was just your average medium-sized lizard. Of course, I was unconcerned, but Kevin was not happy – at all.

As the cats chittered and meowed in frustration, I told him we should probably catch it and get it outside so we can get back to sleep.

Kev: “What!? How are we supposed to do that!?”
Me (sleepily): “I don’t know.. get a glass jar or something, grab it and stick it in there.”
Kev: “I don’t like this. I don’t like this at all.”
Me: “Sorry.. If you get the jar, I’ll do it.”

So, he finds a plastic tuperware instead and I corner the poor thing, catch it with my hands and contain it. He runs to open the door and I dump the container over in the breezeway. Super easy and no harm done! Guess all my lizard-catching as a child will pay off here. :-D

We shut that particular window, because the lizard probably snuck its way in through the screen somehow. Kevin vowed to check the cracks today to make sure it doesn’t happen again. And even though the cats were a little pissed off that we took away their toy, they finally settled down again and we got another few hours sleep.

Personally, I love (non-poisonous) critters, and don’t mind if they find their way inside, but would much rather they do it when we’re not asleep. ;-)

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katelin April 23, 2008 at 2:49 pm

oh man i am so scared of critters and reptiles and ew. i would have freaked out at every sighting, haha.

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Mrs Pop April 23, 2008 at 3:06 pm

My first night, all alone, right after I moved into my house in central Austin quite a few years ago, I was was under siege and freaked out from all the geckos. I was chasin’ those things all over the place with an empty cup and piece of paper.

Lots of critters here. Where I live now, we have wild rabbits, horned frogs, lizards, geckos, and frogs… And no, I’m not in the country! As long as they stay outside, it’s all good.

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Cynthia Blue April 28, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Oh I like Lizards… but like you, not really in the middle of the night in my bedroom. :)

I found you through entrecard.. I’m also vegetarian, and love animals. I admire you for having helped the Katrina animals, how hard that must have been.

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Hsh March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

It happens everywhere. But it’s the fun of it.

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