Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ants and their wiggling captive...

A couple of weeks ago I was leaving for work, when I spotted something wiggling around on the walk to my car. I saw a bunch of ants holding onto what looked like a worm or something, and they appeared to be carrying it left and then right and then left again. Back and forth. I thought, "What the heck?" So I put my stuff in my car and came back with my camera to get a better look, and this is what I found.

That would appear to be the lost tail of a baby lizard. It is still moving, and the lizards are hanging on for dear life, trying to figure out what to do with it, I guess. Pretty cool. A few days later, Woodrow spotted a very small lizard with no tail. So it seems the trick of dropping it's tail succeeded in saving its life. (For those who don't live around lizards, that is a little trick they have. When caught by a predator, they will drop their tail, and it's wiggling on the ground will sometimes distract the predator so the lizard can get away. The lizards then grow new tails.)


Susan said...

Okay, my son officiallly loves your blog! Spiders and now ants and squirming lizard tails. I can't tell you how many times I have seen something scooting across the floor and - after I scream - realize it is another lizard he let loose in the house! He says they eat bugs and so I should be happy in case a bug comes in the house (I am always on guard for sneaky bugs!). He said that if we had enough lizards in the house I wouldn't need to clean so much or put everything in containers, lol.