Donald The Lizard

Donald the House Lizard decided to join me for a light lunch today.

He lives inside my screened in lanai and covers his rent by eating anything smaller than himself which manages to get in under the screen door.

Here he is making himself comfortable on my covered barbecue under which he usually spends the night.

Here is is doing his job guarding the door.  He tells me his prey usually die whimpering and screaming.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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21 Responses to Donald The Lizard

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great to see Donald is still around. And he looks fit and well too. Living with you must be good for him!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. GP Cox says:

    I have a new resident, an adult iguana that is greedily eating my hibiscus and mimosas!! I can’t put poison out because there are dogs, raccoons, squirrels, etc about. On line it says to hit them unconscious and then decapitate them – sounds kind of gruesome, eh?

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    I like the way we all relocate critters no matter what part of the country we live in. Here of course we move the wily woodchucks. I remember being in Guam and being fascinated with the geckos everywhere indoors. They said they were good luck. I guess that was one way of accepting that they get into the house. Does Donald ever try to come in?

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  4. Oh blimey all I’ve got is mice living in the bar b q, passing-through neighbourhood cats, and hedgehogs. Y’all so much more exotic!

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  5. toritto says:

    Hi GP – I had no idea they were another invasive specie. I have never seen one in my area. I would think, being an invasive specie and apparently a problem, there might be a resource in the Florida dept. of agriculture or wildlife with some advice. Good luck.


  6. Oddly, I have no “reply” option on GP Cox’s reply to my comment so I hope he sees this.

    I’m not an expert and I don’t want to come off as condescending or preachy, but I have strong feelings against the typical human behavior of “it bothers me so let’s kill it.” I feel that mindless violence against non-humans is as sick and twisted as mindless violence against humans. We’ve redesigned the planet in such a way as to make natural life for non-humans extremely difficult in many areas. I know we still have large areas that are pristine, but many animals live in areas compromised by our version of civilization – wide roads, buildings, parking lots, etc. And it’s not their fault that they are forced to search for food near us to survive.

    I live in NYC and see rats almost every day. Every time I see signs stating that the area has poison set out to kill them I get very angry. I don’t want rats in my apartment, but having cats around controls the problem. I don’t understand why we don’t put out birth control instead of poison that causes a long, incredibly painful death.

    Yes, I went off on a tangent. 😀 I would contact local or state government to see if there is help in dealing with them. They can be caught and relocated to a place safer for them. I’ve relocated rabbits and raccoons on Long Island (a suburb of NYC) to prevent problems and have rescued & gotten homes for cats from the streets of the Bronx many times. Maybe someone with ample resources can purchase a trap (I’ve used have-a-heart traps) and relocate some. I hope you get some help and can avoid killing an animal that deserves a natural life.


    • I just read an article about green iguanas in South Florida. Apparently, the state of Florida allows people to “kill them whenever possible.” I find this absolutely despicable. Supposedly, the reason for their being in the area is either that they started as escaped pets (something I don’t think should be done) or have naturally migrated north from Mexico. The first reason would put humans at fault, the second would mean they really can’t be considered an invasive species. They’re just trying to survive. Like with rats in NYC (and many other areas), I can’t comprehend why people don’t put out birth control in areas where they feed to control the population instead of killing them.

      The reason used for killing them is simply the “damage” they cause. It sounds barbaric to me to consider property more important than life. We may like to look at flowers (I love them), but there is no more logical use for a plant than being a food source. When I lived in Long Island I planted a vegetable garden in the backyard. I enjoyed fresh eggplants, tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers and jalapeño peppers. I planted carrots and lettuce off to the side for the rabbits that lived in a corner of the yard I kept wild just for them. I loved watching them eat. My daughters and I enjoyed watching squirrels eat the walnuts they collected from trees on the property. I feel it’s important to at least try to live with nature instead of using it just for our pleasure and convenience. The mindset of “taming the wild” or “conquering nature” has brought us to a point where we may be facing extinction. Aren’t we able to learn from our mistakes?

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      • toritto says:

        ASIC – I do not have an iguana problem in my location north of Tampa on the Gulf coast. I did have an armadillo infestation a few years back. They dig holes and tunnels.. I purchased an Armadillo Be Gone” product – sprayed it around and within days I saw them moving out toward greener pastures in the swamp adjacent to my home. Apparently it was the smell of the product which they found objectionable. So I don’t kill my wild life. I have removed two snakes from my home and placed them elsewhere.

        On the other hand there is a python infestation in the everglades – with no natural enemies they are at the top of the food chain. Florida employes python hunters to try to keep the infestation under control.

        I would not kill an iguana for eating my flowers. Besides I don’t have any flowers around. I would try to find something to encourage them to move if they really bothered me. On the other hand I don’t believe they migrated to south Florida from Mexico. They were some people’s pets, released when the owner got tired of them – if they did migrate from Mexico I would have them here.

        On the other hand I would not put up with rats in or around my home, any more than I put up with roaches. Roaches die. Period.

        Best regards from wild Florida.

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  7. toritto says:

    There are a number of Iguana repellents available on the internet for those in need.

    🙂 I had no trouble finding one. Regards


  8. I hear you. I kill ticks, fleas and mosquitos. I see them as parasites with little intelligence or sensitivity. Thanks for having compassion in dealing with “pests” in your home. 😀 Peace.

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  9. charlypriest says:

    Mr. Toritto I have to say that living in Florida takes guts, not only you have Donald the lizards(which he or she seems more comfortable than me), you are surrounded by crocodiles….. apart from now and then a lot of wind, hopefully is sunny now at this time of year.

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