My dog swap grabbed his tail, but the lizard just ran off. woof woof.

@Hatley (164447)
Garden Grove, California
February 22, 2012 8:29pm CST
This discusson was triggred by some of my memories living in Arizona when I was first married. WE had my dog Swap given to us when my parents retired to Arizona permanently. One day she was barking like crazy and I saw this small green lizard, before I could stop her she had grabbed the lizard's tail. oh I thought she will kill that poor little thing. but no, Swap grabbed the tail while the little green lizard ran off happily leaving the dog to look so silly. Your take, did you ever see a lizard who could lose his tail? your take on this. lol
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@GardenGerty (105555)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Hi, Hatley, I think they are called glass lizards. The ones I used to catch were striped. I want to say they were blue, but that makes no sense. It was in Oklahoma, when we would go to church camp. Yes, they grow that old tale back. Marvelous way of preserving themselves.
@Hatley (164447)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Feb 12
hi gardengerty yep they were striped. Glass lizards shou ld have remembered that one.they struck me as being really forward'with a way of saving themselves. v iva the glass lizards.
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• Singapore
23 Feb 12
Hi Hatley, Talk about lizards in your mind. Just the other day in my house I saw a lizard without a tail. I didn't find it strange because I thought all lizards have an ability to do that, break off their tail when they are somehow in danger. I wonder if your dog has any knowledge of this. I would love to her expression while she's experiencing that. I had no such experience and hope I would never have it.
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• United States
23 Feb 12
Yeah. I saw your other discussion about the big man in the libary afraid of geico. Anways, yeah I learned a long time ago that if I tried catching a lizard by the tail, I'd end up only with a tail It used to bother me to see them lose their tails, but now I know it's for their own good.
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• United States
23 Feb 12
I've heard of that happening on the nature shows. They can detach their tail to save their life I heard that they can grow a new one. It's really amazing!
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
25 Feb 12
I think a good number of lizards can lose their tails and grow them back, a good defense mechanism... I think scientists are looking at them and frogs that can grow back legs to discover if there is a way to help humans, and other animals, grow back lost limbs.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
25 Feb 12
That kind of genetic research might be useful..though it's more likely to result in bringing out more evolutionary "Creature Feature" movies first! I'm thinking of "The Fly" and "Species" here off the top of my head...
@ajk111 (2527)
3 Mar 12
my long suffering wife! - my constantinople rent a wife.
lol! this reminds me of my honeymoon on the greek island of Kos. me and the wife were coming back from a meal when i saw a gecko. i chased it and it ran up the door when i grabbed it. i watched it scramble up to the roof and opened my hand to reveal a wriggling tail. i had to explain to my wife that it was an escape mechanism and that it would grow another one. my wife gets annoyed by my obsession with animals. the same vacation we were sitting in an open air bistro when i spotted a praying mantis and i placed it on my hand. i told my wife to look and she screamed! i thought i would put a picture that was taken on our honeymoon of my wife along with this response as i talk about her long suffering life with me a lot on mylot.
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
26 Feb 12
Oh yes. Those little green grass lizards can part with their tails quite easily. They grow back too.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
24 Feb 12
I used to catch the little brown lizards when I was a child and we would visit family in Florida. I thought I had that little booger as I tip toed around the tree. I was being very sneaky. I reached out..got the tail and screamed at the top of my lungs. I thought I had killed it. I had the tail in my hands and it was gone. My grandparents explained the lizards and the tails to me right away.
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
23 Feb 12
Yes, i have. My daughter used to have some. They are called anole. They can change colors. Once one of them got loose and when she tried to catch it the tip of the tail came off. She then had to grab it by the body. They do bite too. It feels like a pinch. She was worried it would die because the tail had come off. The next day she came home from school with the information that the tail coming off is a defence thing. It does grow back.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
23 Feb 12
I haven't seen one, but knew that some lizards can lose their tail, and that is how they survive. So, I guess the man in the library didn't know about them, or had never seen one before. So, what did your dog do, just looked at you as if to say, "what happened?"
23 Feb 12
We had that kind of lizard in Florida. They are Geikos(sp?). They can get pretty big, at least 10 inches long. They do lose their tails, but they grow on back.
• China
23 Feb 12
Your dog swap was surely wondering at that point,She clearly grabbed the lizard's tail,how came it ran off? Here we call lizard "four-legged snake".When the lizard is in danger,it can break its tail by itself and runs away.The broken tail is still capable of movement which can divert enemy's attention ,so the lizard can take a chance to run away.Soon after the lizard can grow a new tail,the same with the Gecko.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
23 Feb 12
the lizard's tail can still move even when it is detached from the body. I have not seen any lizard since moving in to my new house.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
dear Hatley, I haven't saw my dogs chasing lizards, but my cat do :P And my daughter is freaking out, because she likes lizards. I mean, not her pet (hehehe) She just don't like our pets to harm any lizards, so she chased her cat but the cat already pulled the lizards tail. :( I hate it when my cat chased roaches and took it inside house (ewkk)
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Feb 12
Isn't that normal for certain types of lizards? Poor dog was probably very confused though.
@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Feb 12
Yes, i have heard of this. They just grow back.
@bunnybon7 (37984)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Feb 12
i knew that from the kids when we lived in calif. anyway, Coco does try to catch them but obviously shes not fast enough. Now when my big dog was alive, the lab i had, he would catch them and kill the poor little things, and bring them in through the doggie door when i had my house it took a while to break him of that.
• Canada
23 Feb 12
Never seen that happen before, but when my husband and I lived in Sedona AZ, our cat Mysti used to bring lizzards and birds into the house all the time. She would bring them in alive, and release them in the house. One day a chipmunk got in, and chewed a hole through our computer cables. Another time a bird got in and crapped on something.