“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Tropical Diary: Post #273B
Friday, August 8, 2008

From the front page of today's Fort Myers News-Press:

"With tail


its legs,

it's Jesus."

Upon further investigation I was both disappointed and thrilled to discover that they did not mean our savior in flowing robes. (I mean, he IS coming back some time, and why not in Cape Coral, Florida in 2008?) No, the story referred to something called the Jesus lizard. Apparently the brown basilisk lizard got his name from a swell trick he can perform. Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhsxo7vY8ac

Pretty cool, huh? Of COURSE they had to name it the Jesus lizard. But I wasn't thrilled to read that these guys can grow up to two feet tall! Now, I don't know about you, but I might be startled, even dismayed, if I were out in my kayak and such a cat-size lizard passed me, running across the water, endangering the peaceful, environmentally-correct outdoorsmen such as myself. I keep hearing the Brit voice of the GEICO lizard from the commercials: "Cherrio!" he would say, saluting as he sprinted past. "Wonderful day to be on the water, isn't it?"

Biologists weren't happy to find the lizard in Cape Coral, which already has a nuisance problem with chameleons and nile monitor lizards. The latter, unfortunately for pet lovers, is proving to have quite an appetite for the small dogs and cats around town.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget The Jesus Lizard, grunge-friendly alternarockers with a small following

August 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

evidently a VERY small following.



August 10, 2008 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walking on water? Jeeze!

August 10, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

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