My strange lizard exerience from this week

@TheHorse (205637)
Walnut Creek, California
September 1, 2016 1:38pm CST
We have Western Fence Lizards everywhere around here. They max out at about 7" long, are completely harmless, and tend to scurry away from humans. But my kid clients and I have discovered that some of the very young ones (maybe 2 1/2" long) don't seem to fear humans that much. Put a hand in front of them, tap behind them, and they will jump on your hand and stay there to enjoy the warmth. The other day at Ground Squirrel Gardens, I was watering our biggest squash plant, when a small Western Fence Lizard scurried out from under the plant, as often happens. But this one had several drops of water beaded up on his back. I had accidentally watered him! I put my hand in front of him and tapped behind him. He didn't move. I nudged his side. He didn't move. "Oh no, are you injured somehow?" I asked him. Then I picked him up, and started to put him on the back of my hand, so I could see if he was OK. Only then did he scurry off, in typical Western Fence Lizard fashion. Did I somehow hypnotize this little lizard by accidentally watering him? I have no idea. Next time I accidentally water a Western Fence Lizard, I'll have to try and "catch" him and see if the same thing happens. Any thoughts?
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@JohnRoberts (109857)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Sep 16
Amazed the little skitter went on the hand as lizards tend to be skittish.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Sep 16
I have no explanation for why the youngest ones seem less scared of humans. I'd think that kind of thing would be "innate." Perhaps it just takes awhile to develop.
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@Asylum (47893)
• Manchester, England
1 Sep 16
It is just as well that he was a lizard and a mogwai, otherwise he would have changed into a gremlin.
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@vandana7 (98796)
• India
1 Sep 16
You are so gentle...I'd be terrified...
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@vandana7 (98796)
• India
30 Sep 16
@TheHorse .. If it glared at me..and pushed its tongue out to threaten me...YES. lol..honestly it is more a feeling of being startled and unusual feeling on skin than getting scared.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
Could you realy be scared of someone with such a cute little lizard face?
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
@vandana7 Eh, it was probably smelling you and saying "I like you! Will you be my friend?" Male Western Fence Lizards do little push-ups when they're trying to impress a female or scare off a rival male.
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@CinnamonGrl (7083)
• Santa Fe, New Mexico
1 Sep 16
Are they really called Western Fence Lizards? I used to have little red lizards in front of an apartment I was living in, they seemed to like the rocks in front and the Cat Piss Juniper shrubs. I have no clue what those little lizards were. Yours sound more friendly.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Sep 16
Yes. They're also called Blue Belly lizards, as I think adult males have blue bellies.
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
2 Sep 16
I can't find any information that suggests you did the baby lizard any harm by "watering" him, pony... As a matter of fact, Blue Belly Fence Lizards like to swim, so I can't see how getting water on him would have caused that behavior, anyway... (shrug!) He's a cute little feller, though!
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@vandana7 (98796)
• India
30 Sep 16
@DaddyEvil @TheHorse...it is guy talk then...smh...you both will never grow up...smh...
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@DaddyEvil (137145)
• United States
3 Sep 16
@TheHorse LOL! If you figure out what caused him to freeze like that, let all of us in on the secret, please!? I wouldn't mind catching a young lizard and keeping him... they do make good little pets, you know.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
Maybe he enjoyed the little shower and hoped more would come if he stayed where he was. I'm gonna have to do more experimenting.
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@MALUSE (69413)
• Germany
1 Sep 16
It looks like a miniature dragon.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Sep 16
I find them to be cute. It's fun to see how close you can get before they scurry off.
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Sep 16
that reminds me of the little green luizard we had as a pet in our Tustin''Library'we' were all usd to lizzy bu t one da y I was putting the papers and magqazines'away in' the readin area, this middle aged man was reading the daily paper, He let out a' scream and yelled"get this thiing off me help help Its a monster': Lizzy had crawed up the mans loose shirt and was shaking.I p;icke her up and by now the manager was on'the scene I had to take Lizzie outside and say good bye old friend,.the man evern threatened to sue the library but the tiny lizard had not hurt him really
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Sep 16
@TheHorse yes indeed the library would have been in big trouble thjen as we should not have let lIZZY loose like that.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
@Hatley How did Lizzy get loose?
@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
Oh dear. Poor Lizzy. I'm glad the man's heart did not attack him.
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• China
2 Sep 16
Western Fence Lizard seems to a native of where you live.Here there are only house lizards.
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• China
3 Sep 16
@TheHorse They just show up in summer crawling on the wall and eating mosquitoes ,so we don't have an aversion to them that much .
@Jessicalynnt (50525)
• Centralia, Missouri
2 Sep 16
soothing shower? made him nappy maybe, lol
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
Now I really want to try this again and see what happens!
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• Centralia, Missouri
2 Sep 16
@TheHorse lol it turns it into rip van lizard
• United States
1 Sep 16
what a cutie :) i've no answer to if'n gettin' watered caused such behavior? most oft when i water critters by oops, they're purty ticked off'n lemme know 't, lol.
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• United States
2 Sep 16
@TheHorse i've watered hummers, prayin' mantis, bees...e'en the cat when she's been where i couldn't see her, lol. the toads here dislike gettin' hit with the cold water 's well.
@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
A cat might have been on my head. My horse only hated it when I squirted her face. I've never watered a Fence Lizard before.
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@RasmaSandra (73368)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Sep 16
Never met one of these lizards @TheHorse but he is real cute. I really like salamanders too.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Sep 16
Salamanders are cool too. But they are slimy and require a lot of moisture around them. Some also have toxic skin, though it's harmless to humans unless you handle them while you have an open cut on your hand. At least that's what I read.
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• Eugene, Oregon
1 Sep 16
Maybe a good reason to have a pistol (water type) on hand.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
I will head to the Dollar Tree and arm myself! Or does it only work if it drips gently on their backs.
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• Eugene, Oregon
2 Sep 16
@TheHorse That calls for an experiment, but i never see a lizard here.
@nanette64 (20364)
• Fairfield, Texas
2 Sep 16
Not sure @TheHorse . Could be. I've got some absolutely gorgeous, lime-green lizards here at my place and they're pretty friendly.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
I wonder what they're called.
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@nanette64 (20364)
• Fairfield, Texas
2 Sep 16
@TheHorse They are called the Green Anole and are indigenous to the southern US.
@norcal (4890)
• Franklinton, North Carolina
2 Sep 16
I'm always surprised when I save one from the cat. They seem to be paralyzed with fear. I remove the cat, but the lizard will not run off. I pick them up and put them in a safe place, before that cat comes back to find them.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
Maybe they really do "play possum" in certain circumstances. You must have a quick kitty!
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@norcal (4890)
• Franklinton, North Carolina
2 Sep 16
@TheHorse Yes, they are natural hunters.
• Philippines
2 Sep 16
I have several of that kind in the house LOL and my 1 yr old would call my attention and point me at them. I do not know what he wants but he would say 'aard' several times at tried to bounce up and down. One time a lizard fell on the floor he hurriedly run towards it. unfortunately the lizard is much faster than him.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
Or fortunately. They squish easily.
@jstory07 (134426)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Sep 16
The lizard is really cute. I would not want to touch it but my kids and grandchildren would.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
Kids love trying to catch these guys. I have to remind them to be gentle.
@amadeo (111948)
• United States
1 Sep 16
No thought on this.You have a friend.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Sep 16
We let this little guy go in the nearby grasses. Yesterday's "playing possum" lizard scurried off before we could really get to know each other.
@Tampa_girl7 (48908)
• United States
1 Sep 16
He looks like a miniature alligator.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
He kind of does! I don't know how to tell a him from a her, except by their bellies. And even then I'd be pretending.
@miniam (9154)
• Bern, Switzerland
2 Sep 16
good to know you did not harm it.Personally, l don't like any crawlers near me,saw a lizard yesterday at out main entrance, l did not go out again
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
30 Sep 16
Aw, just give hm some love and warmth, as you would a toddler, and he'll be your friend.
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2 Sep 16
Maybe it went on temporary shut down (or shut out) when you got it wet. It happens to me too when I take a bath. I only manage to snap out of my daydream after a minute or so.
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@TheHorse (205637)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Sep 16
I can only imagine what Fence Lizards daydream about. Yummy flies. Tiny bugs. Mmm.