Costa Rican Lizards And Murph

Friends Can Be Any Size, Color, Shape, OR Species. The lizards of Costa Rica apparently don’t know this. They wouldn’t let me hug them! In a 10-day span, I strolled past only a few lizards without attempting to touch one. I was ridiculous. Overwhelmed with the majestic cuteness I was like a kid in toy store wanting to touch everything.

“Just let me touch you, you’ll like being petted!”20180406_104838.jpg

I believe this beautiful beast is a Black Ctenosaur (Ctenosaura similis) Spanish Name: Iguana Negra, Gallina de Palo.

This little cutie was in our room, under the glass table topper of this wicker table (that is a pinky nail beside it). The whole table was taken out so the wee one could be placed in the grass. I would’ve been a guilt-ridden wreck if I stepped on him or her in the middle of the night.

20180407_183945.jpg20180407_081758The birds have big & funny personalities, as do the monkeys. The monkeys, their sounds, and footprints outside the door were cool, but I’m a lizard lover.

No, I’m not supposed to feed the lizards. Yes, I fed the lizards  (only local fruit they’d find around anyway)!!!20180413_113444.jpgThey still wouldn’t let me pet them.

We aptly named this fellow “Bully”. His mate was his backup. If he didn’t run others off, she did to make sure he was getting his share of the food. She was especially aggressive with the other females.

This squirrel was hilarious! Eventually, I barely saw it’s body, it was nearly entirely inside the fruit. Now back to my favorites:

20180414_115533.jpgBully returned for food. It was comically stated that he heard Snow White was in town.

This tree was wicked-looking beautiful. I think it’s a Spiky Pochete Tree. The lizards would be with it, but not cuddly me… what the _ _?20180407_18415220180407_192348The crabs on the beach were cute and funny with their little crab tracks. It made me think how Lil’ Murph would love to be on the sand with me. I was suffering from Murph withdrawal. He stopped eating solid food while I was away from him. His care-takers were concerned. One sweet soul drove 30 minutes to get to Murph multiple times to get him to eat, the details I will not elaborate upon at this time.

As you know, I still feed Murph a smoothie from a syringe. He never went back to solid food entirely. I’ve tried setting a medley, a feast before him, day after day. He will not touch it and is starving. So, sigh, I feed him the smoothie. Lizards suffer too when their human is gone!! They do love. I know this as a fact from my experience with multiple lizards in my life!

****My post here: I renounce my title!!!    will tell you about Murph on my days of departure, return, and in between!!

Together again

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renee♥


  1. I am concerned that your lizard isn’t eating solid food. Is he very old? You might want to take him to the vet. Or you can try a lot of new and different foods, maybe something will click for him. Many animals go off their feed if they get fed the same thing every time.
    My iguana ate just about everything, especially if it was red (tomatoes, strawberries–he’d even try to eat the picture painted on the plate); and my turtle used to get a bit of whatever I was having for supper. Both had extra-long and healthy lives.


  2. Murph’s approx. 2 years old. He always had a large variety of food. I’ve tried a few new things he’d not had before since this all began. He has no interest to eat from his dishes. His activity level is normal, his poo consistency & frequency is normal. I now give him roughly 8 different things in the smoothie, alternating fruits, veggies, unsalted peanuts for extra protein, along with calcium powder. It’s as if he decided to eat like a baby! Sigh


  3. Does he go for live food? I’ve never had a bearded lizard, but I’m assuming they’re fairly omnivorous.
    Young iguanas like live insects, but grow out of it.
    On the whole, though, it seems like Murph is probably all right; but I would still have a good reptile vet check him out.


  4. The last few times I purchased live food, he would eat a couple and stop. There were so many left over, the crickets died of age (I fed and supplied water to all live food), as did the waxworms and superworms if they didn’t achieve their metamorphosis stage. When the weather was nice, I just released them. Bearded Dragons grow out of live food also. I didn’t expect it so soon with Murph. My research has come up with no one having to do this for a healthy lizard. There was an exotic animal vet I took Copper to, I may find one closer to home. You’re right, it won’t hurt to get an opinion on the matter. Thank you for caring like this.


  5. Yep, nearly everything but citrus, due to the level of acidity. Occasionally Murph will eat a couple bites, given by hand, of canteloupe, a grape, or unseasoned chicken simmered in water & olive oil. That is all, then he just wants his smoothie. I’m calling the vet today for an opinion. Copper wouldn’t eat all day until I hand-fed her after work. She did so for years. May be they are spoiled & feel more like human babies. Is it the blankies!? : )


  6. Like all other kinds of animals, reptiles develop individual habits. I fed my painted turtle by hand every meal for his whole life. He might not have eaten food I just tossed into his water.

    As long as his X-ray turns out all right, it could be that Murph has simply developed a personal eating habit that he’s not about to change.


  7. I never considered that about developed eating habits. I felt I was over-babying or doing something wrong. My gut feeling is leaning towards Murph is being stubborn. He often licks his lips a bunch to tell me he’s hungry. I will let you know what I find out.


  8. I got this idea from a lizard video: roll a fresh blueberry across the floor and see if he chases it and snaps it up.

    Most people sell animals short. Of course a lizard can be stubborn. You should have seen the snit my iguana threw when I took away his old perch–he was too big for it anymore–and replaced it with a new one. He wasn’t happy till I put the old one back. Then he’d rest on the new perch but drape his tail over the old one.


  9. I just fed him, so I will skip lunch & try this at dinner time. I think I saw that video, maybe in a funny lizard compilation – & possibly at your site, who knows. That is too adorable! Everything’s cuter with lizards… skin folds, attitudes, their little struts, food on their faces, it’s endless! I’ll update you blueberrily


  10. Firstly, the blueberries sparked no intrigue. Secondly, you are correct. The vet’s assistant said the smoothie diet is probably a developed eating behavior. That many Bearded Dragons are so docile, they’d love to just bask and be hand-fed. Although he acts normal, she suggested a fecal test just to rule out any parasites. When I collect one, they must test it within 6 hours of the initial um, deposit.


  11. I love lizards. I had a beautiful Iguana, named Van Gogh (Vannie), for obvious ear reasons. He at at the table and laid on the back of the kids when they did their homework. He was fabulous. Lizards are so very beautiful.


  12. Thank you. Murph eats solid food again now, but he’s picky. I tried so often to be near the lizards. I’ve been whipped by an Iguana tail many times before, so I wasn’t worried there. Despite my charming baby-talk, I disappointedly left without touching any of them. 😀


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