Texas Spiny lizard, Sceloporus olivaceus. Male variety, actual size. Photographed March 25, 2008, at the Twisty Institute for Urban Varmint Research, North South Austin.
This ordinarily doleful reptile amused me for half an hour yesterday with an unscheduled performance of an aerobics routine. It would run along the back of a wooden bench, stop suddenly, execute a series of push-ups, run some more, do more push-ups, etc. It’s mating season for the Texas Spiny lizard; I think he was trying to get in shape.
Because I am too lazy to cut it down, the Twisty Bungalow is entirely engulfed in a primordial-looking fig vine which hums and pulsates with hundreds of species of varmints, both vertebrates and otherwise. I think it’s quaint; others opine that it just looks like a crazy person lives here. You probably don’t have to let a fig vine consume your bungalow in order to get cozy with Texas spiny lizards, but it doesn’t hurt.