Saturday, August 06, 2005

A Lizard is Not A Lizard is Not A Lizard

One of my pet peeves is that people who look for wisdom from animals, think that all lizards are the same. They are reptiles who lie in the sun and bask. Their tails detach and they escape. Not So.

Lizards are found all over the world. They come in many sizes and shapes, which is their secret of success. Lizards range in size from tiny Geckos to huge Komodo Dragons. Chameleons are tree dwellers that can change color. Race Runner Lizard of North American runs fifteen miles an hour. Horned Lizards have short, flat bodies covered with fierce looking spikes.

Lizards display a variety of survival adaptations, from gliding through the air to pattering across water. One well-known survival technique is that They are able to shed their tails when caught by a predator. Tail shedding distracts the predator and allows the Lizard to escape. Tail loss is serious since the tail is used for balance, but most Lizards can regrow their tails within a month.

To read more about lizards and their meanings, go to: Animal Teachers
Animal Teachers: Lizards or Who Zoo

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