Just Call Him Eeyore

Christopher Robin: There now. Did I get your tail back on properly, Eeyore? 
Eeyore: No matter. Most likely lose it again anyway. 

My daughter, Dimples,  likes to recommend topics for my posts, and she was quite certain that you would be impressed by this one.  Since we are currently in the middle of a standardized testing week and I, being a teacher, am not allowed to say anything about which I have plenty I would like to say, I decided to take her up on her suggestion.

A couple of nights ago, I glanced out our window, and saw not one, not two, but three lizards congregated on the pane.  I pointed it out to the family, who had just finished dinner, and everyone wandered over to get a better view.

When we got closer, we noticed that one of the lizards appeared to be biting the side of one of the other lizards.  It was a bit hard to tell since we were looking at them from the bottom.  He could have been just resting his head on the other one, I guess.  Although that doesn’t seem to happen a lot in nature, neither do I often observe two lizards frozen in some sort of death grip.  I guess the third lizard was just an innocent bystander.

I gently tapped the glass to see if any of the three would move.  For a brief moment, nothing happened.  Then the lizard who appeared to be the victim suddenly leapt away – right as my husband, Cap’n Firepants, wisely predicted, “He’s going to get his tail.”

And that’s exactly what happened.  If you have ever tried to capture one of these lizards yourself, you may have had the odd experience of grabbing its tail – and finding that is the only thing you are left holding.  These guys are great at escaping by sacrificing this appendage, and can grow another one back like a starfish replaces a limb.

So, that’s what happened.  Mean Lizard tried to bite Victim Lizard, only to grab the tail.  The tail came off, and all of us got to witness this inch and a half long piece hanging out of the lizard’s mouth – continuing to wiggle.  Victim Lizard, of course, escaped.  I don’t know what happened to Innocent Bystander Lizard because I was so grossed out by the scene that I immediately turned away.

The other two human members of the Firepants family, however, could not tear their eyes away from the fascinating nature documentary unraveling on our window pane.  Every couple of seconds I got to hear, “It’s still wiggling!”

I know; I should have gotten video footage.  Or at least a still picture.  If you are really interested in seeing a disembodied tail dancing around, you can always watch this YouTube video.

Have you seen my tail?

Posted on April 26, 2012, in Cap'n Firepants, Dimples, Family, Humor and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. I probably would have watched it wiggle too. Sadistic? Maybe. Bored? No way. 😉

  2. The image of you guys at the window watching all of this has me cracking up!

  3. I didn’t know their tails come off so easily! That image disturbs me a bit. Yick.

  4. Miranda Gargasz

    I am sending you a funny I think you will enjoy!
    Aren’t lizards weird little things? If it makes you feel better, Victim Lizard will very likely grow his tail back. My brother had lizards and Bystander Lizard was probably a very desirable girl lizard, hence the tail chomping. Thanks goodness we don’t engage in such rituals!

    • Oh, well that makes perfect sense, then. So the other two were having a little battle over the female? It’s good to know it’s not just human males who feel the need to demonstrate their macho-ness.

  5. Tall person kept lizards for many years, including a large iguana. He handled them very carefully and fortunately had no tail mishaps. He says the tails will grow back but will always look stubby and imperfect.

  6. Yes! I spent half my childhood in south Florida. Lizard fights are fascinating 🙂

  7. Lizards are weird. That’s all I have to say.

  8. That’s exactly how predators respond when they see the disembodied tail. “It’s still wiggling! Must be food!”

  9. Blech, I’d be grossed out too. Now the Eyeore quote makes perfect sense!

  10. We would be lost without our tails. We don’t know how he carries on.
    Bella and DiDi

  11. Ok, I get that this is a coded metaphor for standardized testing week.
    And I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out how teacher and student are represented.
    But I don’t know what “innocent bystander” lizard is. Lunchtime? Recess?

  12. Wouldnt it be cool to be like a Lizard in this way? I mean if you lost a leg you could just grow one back….. wait… er… that means Ginger would rip one off everytime one grew back in… hmmm… forget that idea! 🙂

  13. Ewww! I would have been glad the kids saw “nature” out their own window, but I wouldn’t have been as appreciative of the experience. I have been reading your blogs while camping but couldn’t comment due to no wifi. 🙂

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