Today’s ‘Gator Lizard Brought To You By Pepper

On the heels of Monday’s hummingbird brought to you by Jiggy, this morning Pepper dropped off an alligator lizard — tail-less but otherwise unharmed — announcing its delivery with a strange wail that brought me into the kitchen without hesitation to find the reptile curled up on the kitchen mat.

After a few minutes of peace and quiet in a box by my desk, I installed the critter as seen above (click for the bigger picture) in what’s become the go-to Lizard Recuperation Facility: namely Buster’s hutch. There they hang around long enough to get their faculties back in order and then find their ways out where hopefully they will manage to avoid any future cat encounters.


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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."