‘ The Rebel _______ ‘ video

“I Have Preferences Too.

…and I can’t be more clear!! I do declare it is time to be outside…   ahh the great outdoors!!!!”

    Lizards may not have opinions (this is debatable), however, I put forth the proposition they have preferences. For example, there is one person Lil’ Murph does not like. He appears repulsed by this person’s entire vibe, unbeknowst to the person holding Murph for fun, Murph is peering back at me with a particular gaze and body language to match. It screams, “Save me, save me now, I am over this experience – want it gone.”

    Murph makes it known when he wants to lay on his hammock, be outside (as you see in the video), is hungry, wants to cuddle, etc.

    I apologize for the sound of winds in the audio and for my not being a fabulous video recording person, but, the goal wasn’t a perfect video, it was to share Murph with you. I’m aware the beads of his harness don’t match, I already had the thin cordage and these beads fit, so there we have it. He doesn’t mind. Maybe I’ll tinker with it later & also share a link in regards to making lizard harnesses.

    In this video, at 18 seconds in, Murph blinks – what a cute blinker he is! At 2:27 into it, he blinks. That’s 2 minutes & 9 seconds without blinking on a windy day – just an observation! 54 seconds into the video, he knows I caught up with him. He knows outside time is coming to a close for now. I mention that home is in the other direction. He looks toward home with his pupil.

    Home is good, but most displeasing at the moment! He’s being rebellious! I can admire that!   He knows it’s time, the pitiful darling. He’s absorbing all the outsideness he can, though Mommy here has impregnated the elation with grim realization that contentment must soon be met by simply gazing out the open window through the cage bars of safety.     “Aww… who’s a cute little rebel?”


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

3 Eyelids – Why And In Which Animals?

   2018-07-26_08-18-33“You sweet little faker… you’re not sleeping. I see you peeking with those cute little eyelids, Murph!”

    Aaagh… I found neat information, but it’s not what I set out to find! I cannot find that which I seek. I’ve searched the web, referenced my manual… All I want to know, in these particular fleeting moments is what, if anything, is called the characteristic found in reptiles & other animals, when in closing their eyes, the muscles relax and raise the lower eyelid to meet the upper (the opposite of ours). If anyone happens to know, will you please let me know?! 🙂 Thanks!

In my futile quest, I found this stuff. Check it out.

    If you’ve looked at a lizard at just the exact second, you may have seen a blink happen with a skin you never knew was there. Likewise, you may have noticed what appears to be excess skin in the corners of dogs’ eyes, especially upon waking – when their eyes appear droopy. Many of us have seen sharks blink with a translucent eyelid-type thing.

Have you ever wondered, “What is this odd thing tucked so well behind the flesh, nearly always unobserved on these beautiful faces?” It’s a nictitating membrane. It protects the eyeballs from potential damage. Many animals share this attribute and you can learn about it here: https://animals.mom.me/animal-three-eyelids-1300.html

    On the subject of nictitating membranes, this link was interesting in regards to our dogs’ eyes: https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/health/structure-of-the-canine-eye/

    If you are a reptile Mommy, Daddy, or caring family member to a reptile, I found this link which may be helpful if ocular trouble arises:  http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Reptilian-Opthalmology–A-Window-To-Reptile-Health/

    Okay… my curiosity takes me far, I want to share this last bit of the awesomeness of eyes with you! It’s 32 fun-fact sentences about the eyes of different creatures! https://discoveryeye.org/32-facts-about-animal-eyes/


Why are things so much cuter on animals… the fat, the skin folds, the double chins…. ?

Well, now I realize that I think all their eyelids are pretty darn cute too!!


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



Mom Never Met Lil’ Murph (revisited)

Let’s face it, the humans came up with a special occasion and now I’m smacked in the face and beaten upside the head with memories of all kinds…     If this is a day you celebrate or if it isn’t, we hope you have a lovely one. I am grateful to be a Mom to multiple species, please don’t take that whole “..beaten upside the head” portion too too grimly.  Mothers can be a blessing. Murph and I have made more friends since this was shown some time ago. To them, (if you’re Mom is great, show her you love her first, and)  somewhat meet my Mom, if you wish:

Debra -Wesley-Obituary

….She departed her earthly home on June 22nd, 2017.

Jane, as she preferred to be called, enjoyed writing poetry and had two works that were published. She also enjoyed coloring, bowling and playing games of all kinds with family and friends. She was an admirer of American Indian heritage and enjoyed an array of music including the oldies, chirping birds and surprising to many, Metallica. She even attended a Metallica concert with her daughter….1992.

Jane loved all animals and enjoyed going to the zoo, carnivals, pow-wows, and dining out with her husband. She also enjoyed shopping with her daughters and grandchildren. Amusingly, in later years, Jane and her mother discovered that they nearly always donned similar attire to attend church without previous planning. Jane was preceded in death by her mother and father, her step-father….

*Where there is …. above, it is an omission. No need for all the rest here.

     Mom would have loved Murph! He has character and a loving spirit! Years ago, when she and Dad would occasionally make the 40 minute or so trip to visit, the first thing Mom would do, naturally, is hug me & a grandson or two (now in their 20’s) if they were visible. The 2nd priority was to use the bathroom. The next thing she’d do is ask, “Where’s my baby?” She was referring to Copper, my first Bearded Dragon (you can learn a wee bit about her here). photo My Mom loved that little girl. She held, cuddled, and kissed her just as I.

 *Informative note: Spikey things can be quite cuddly!

     We lost Copper 1/4/14. An awful winter storm was approaching that night. She was held by 3 family members as she left this world. Sadly, Mom wasn’t one. Our loss left me in a pit of despair. I didn’t work for a week. I couldn’t shop for produce without thinking of Copper. Her essence could be felt when entering the house for months. She was my companion (& my 1st truly life-impacting loss from Death). She slept on the pillow with me every night (do not try this at home).

     I’d wake in the middle of the night only to cry myself back to sleep. It was heart-wrenching to keep her body cold until we could drive the streets to a certain crematory (where she was cremated with her blankie and a teddy). Some may find this odd & I’m fine with that.

      In all this, I forgot my Mom was sad too. She’d call sounding so caring, to check on me because I wasn’t making any phone calls and the roads were hazardous for a week or more for travel. I confess, if I had my Mom in my life again, I wouldn’t be so wrapped up in my own duties and concerns that I’d neglect her need for me as well.

     I called Mom and Dad nearly every day except during that sorrow, and at the end of Mom’s life. She was no longer home with Dad where he could answer the phone for her. She could no longer answer the phone beside her in the room which became her living quarter. Sometimes I’d call anyway hoping the ring would connect our souls.

     I still call my Dad at home every day. Of course, in my eyes, I can’t seem to do enough for him (same as I feel about Mom) to satisfy my own level of care-taking and thanking him for being so great! We just celebrated his 83rd birthday! Mom waited until after his birthday last year to leave here.

     Dad still doesn’t understand my love for scaly beauties, but is happy they give me joy. Mom loved all animals. I found a picture of her with a Boa Constrictor on her shoulders & a wide smile on her face!

      I would have taken Murph to meet Mom in that place, wherein sadly was the last room she saw. I brought Murph to his new home 4/23/17 to live with me. Mom wasn’t well by then, she needed medical experts near at all times. but had moments of absolute coherency and sweet Lil’ Murph in her hands would have made her face light up. I just know it. The place she stayed allowed rare pet visits, but probably only of the typical sort.

     I considered sneaking Murph in under my sweater or just telling the staff a lizard is entering the building & that’s just how it is. I didn’t because long road trips stress him. Copper loved long trips, I took her with her bag of blankies and food (yep, like a diaper bag) to visit people and Mom often. Murph likes very short driving trips only (but long walks). I’d pluck Mom from the facilities when I could to get coffee or food, go on drives, take her home to visit Dad & the cats or to my place. After I adopted Murph, leaving the facility with her was no longer an option, so she & he did not have the privilege of meeting one another.

Mom, meet Murph, your new grandlizard.20180327_131840

I hope for you happiness wherever you are, sweetest Mom and Grandma♥



you can see here how Lil’ Murph in my life is good for both of us, & how I needed him the night Mom died:
“Lizards Are A Girl’s Best Friend!”

I love you so very much Mom. You’re not being here doesn’t always seem real. I wish I could see you. I wish we could call each other again. I wish we could play Kismet. I hope I’ve done right by you. You didn’t deserve pain of any kind. I hope you are happy and loved and free. Please forgive me for my faults. You are the most loving mother a girl can have. Thank you Mom.