Monday, April 4, 2016

Corralitas Drive: Odd Behavior

Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  A neighbor noticed the cats acting strangely.  Fred the cat seemed to be focused on not moving, while the other cat watched at close range.  Look closely at the cat's feet, a reptile tail is poking out.  The neighbor shooed the cat off.
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  Indeed the cat had been sitting on a rather large Alligator Lizard. The other cat was making sure the lizard didn't get away.  Alligator lizards are nasty lizards that snap and bite and will actually lock their jaws onto you if necessary to defend themselves.  Since the neighbor knew this, the cats were herded into the house and the neighbor let the lizard escape. 
Photo: Corralitas Neighbor, March 31, 2016.  How big was the lizard? The detached tail was 7" and the lizard was significantly longer.  The lizard got away, later seen way up on the side of the house where the cats couldn't reach it.

Knowing Alligator Lizards' penchant for biting with a bacteria filled mouth that  can easily cause infection, the neighbor checked the Fred for bites and found none.  Luckily if he was bitten, the lizard just got a mouthful of long fur. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 6, 2013.  Fred is known to pal around with lizards.  This one was just playing dead.   Yes, really.