Its tameness, far from shocking me, as a similar occurrence did Selkirk, imparted to me the most exquisite thrill of delight I ever experienced, and with somewhat of the same pleasure did I afterwards behold the birds and lizards of the valley show their confidence in the kindliness of man.
The tameness of the birds and lizards is as nothing when compared to the fearless confidence of this insect.
For it was a giant iguana, one of the most repulsive-looking of the lizards
. Not unlike an alligator in shape, with spikes on its head and tail, with a warty, squatty ridge-encrusted body, a big pouch beneath its chin, and long-toed claws, it was enough to strike terror into the heart of almost any one.
"For a red rose?" they cried; "how very ridiculous!" and the little Lizard
, who was something of a cynic, laughed outright.
By digging, however, in the ground, several insects, large spiders, and lizards were found in a half-torpid state.
Yet with this high temperature, almost every beetle, several genera of spiders, snails, and land-shells, toads and lizards were all lying torpid beneath stones.
She gazed away toward Grande Terre and thought she would like to be alone there with Robert, in the sun, listening to the ocean's roar and watching the slimy lizards
writhe in and out among the ruins of the old fort.
Guph had only time to cry out in fear and take a step backward to avoid the lizards
when another transformation occurred, and all returned instantly to the forms they had originally worn.
One very strong impression is of hunting little lizards on the rocky top of an open knoll.
It may have been caused by the green nuts, and maybe by the lizards. I do not know.
I am half crazed of hunger and long confinement and the horror of the lizards
and the rats and the constant waiting for death."
After the hare, he ordered some partridges, a few pheasants, a couple of rabbits, and a dozen frogs and lizards
. That was all.
And he told them of the Great Mammoths and Lizards
, as long as a train, that wandered over the mountains in those times, nibbling from the tree-tops.
There were large bottles filled with serpents, ticketed according to their species; dried lizards
shone like emeralds set in great squares of black wood, and bunches of wild odoriferous herbs, doubtless possessed of virtues unknown to common men, were fastened to the ceiling and hung down in the corners of the apartment.
Angel Alcala, who published the '1986 Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna'-a source for lizard
researchers-said, the situation inside the habitat here was very unique and unusual.