I have no idea how I found this guy in our house, but I did. .
How did he get into the house? Well, I have an inkling and that inkling is spelled C…A…T!
When I first saw him, all that was sticking out was a back foot. I thought he was dead so I didn’t think much of it. I decided my husband could deal with him when he got home.
Wouldn’t you know, when I went back to take care of it myself he was gone. GONE! Oh man! GONE! Dang it!
I don’t have a problem with lizards and snakes WHEN THEY ARE OUTSIDE. Inside, well that is just different. Logically, I know this lizard isn’t going to hurt me, I just prefer them to be outside. In California we would have small lizards and geckos in the house quite often. No problem. This lizard is just bigger and I would much prefer him to be outside eating bugs for me.
This guy is a Texas Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus olivaceus) and here is a whole page of better images. I have been trying to get a photo of them for two years, but they move so fast. When I see them it is only after I have walked in their general area and they have taken off like a bolt of lightening and I spot them 15 feet away where they have stopped after their burst of speed. Not only are they fast, but they are loud; rushing leaves, scurrying up the tree, just plain loud.
So, now I have one of these Texas Spiny Lizards in our house. How the heck am I going to get him. Well, I didn’t. My husband got home and started to work at catching him and suddenly I had a brilliant idea – my new water garden fish net!
It worked perfectly. Quick. Done. He is outside finding his way in the world out back, probably right where he was to begin with until one of the cats brought him inside. He is one lucky lizard (he probably didn’t taste so good and he is sort of scaly). I am also lucky he is living in my backyard. Our cats are pretty lazy in the hunting department, so this was a big catch for one of them. I will have a little talk with them about it though.