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♥



Why Help Lizards… Of All Things? Q & A

Q: “How can you hold that thing, doesn’t it’s spikes hurt?”

A: “Easily, he (or she) is my precious friend. And yeah, sometimes love hurts 🙂 !”


Q: “Why choose a lizard, they’re… scaly?”

A: “I think their scales are beautiful. They have soft bellies, and they love love, they really do. They’re intelligent and surprisingly, can be quite cuddly – the cuddliest to me, in fact!”


Q: “Ech, how can you love a lizard? That’s stupid.”

A: “Um, you’re stupid!”

…No, not really folks, but the first two questions were really asked me in the past. If you’re not convinced they’re fabulous, look below at all the cute.

In a search engine (Google, Youtube, whatever) you’ll find more adorable lizards by typing “Cute lizards” or “Funny lizards”. It’s good stuff. The darlings below have the links accompanying them to where these adorable photos were seen.













Q: “There are important things happening in the world, aren’t there better things with which to occupy your time and discuss, we’re looking at lizards?”

A: “So long as there is civilization or uncivilization, there are other pressing matters. We have our own political views here, they do not coincide with the views of the many.  People are offended & outraged everywhere (to them, we say, “toughen up some, please & go enjoy your life.”); people are starving or obese; wars consist of men, women & children ( & animals) dying horribly for this reason here or that one over there; humans and animals are being mistreated all around this beautiful planet; children need help; we can’t trust people, governments, media, and so on. We need a rest from all this sometimes, if we can get one.

These things are issues, and there are others discussing topics such as these very skillfully. These matters will be left to them for now. Some times we choose our battles, some times not, but there they arise. They can creep up on us like those dust particle pricks landing on the desk you just wiped clean, and you may think, “What the… Where did you even come from? You’re despicable and I’m pretty sure I hate you!” Sometimes battles are like dust in the wind, they come and go. Sometimes you can’t seem to get rid of them.

Getting knowledge and cuteness out into the world in regards to lizards could be considered a battle, it’s laborious, especially considering some of our blogging friends are still frightened by them… you know who you are :). However,  helping others is not always a battle, rather, it is a mission from the heart, and often, especially where animals are involved. One goal is to bring people together whom otherwise would never encounter one another in any way but for one common thread: our love for animals and our desire, as the human species, to see them live good lives.

We hope to encourage those with varying schedules & needs for companionship to keep in mind that reptiles and lizards can be enjoyable options for friendship, that they can be rescued and adopted into families, same as cats and dogs. There aren’t enough homes for the beautiful animals already here. Together, if we obtain animal friends by means of adopting them, maybe we can discourage the hyperactivity of puppy mills and pet stores from purchasing more from breeders, thus condoning further overpopulation. They can resume business when there is a need to continue a species, in our opinion.

To some, lizards have given an abundance of love and laughs. We believe exposing their special characteristics is important. They need protection and love too, for generations to come. We don’t want them seen as pests or creatures to fear & we want others to smile with us because of them. We often trust our animals, we love them, and need them. Can you imagine Earth without them all? Every type makes their part of the world complete. They either take us far from here, or really bring us home. Does anyone know what is meant by this?”

Thank you for loving lizards with us, or just coming to visit us here and appreciate them.

Warm regards from Lizardplanet and Lil’ Murph!



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

Freedom of Bark, Freedom of Purrr, Freedom of ______

Do not stifle me!

Elephants trumpet, birds chirp, humans speak & lizards ___

….well, but, they’re really cute at it!!

    Actually, some lizards can make vocal sounds. Other lizards exhale loudly, for example, if I elevate Murph from the ground to move him when he doesn’t approve, I hear an adorable, puff of air exhaled from irritation! This puff exclaims, “Stop this, Mom! I want to stay right here or head in that direction!”

    Within nearly every form of life is the innate characteristic to express itself and/or communicate, and most also possess body language. We see it in horses, squirrels, humans, insects, reptiles, and so on. Reptile owners can become very keen to this body language. Likewise, when one spends enough time with any being, it is often easy to know the moods, emotions, and sometimes thoughts of whom they’re with.

     I have heard humans yell at their dogs for barking. We may not know what the solution is every time for this if the barking seems excessive. However, yelling frightens/hurts animals’ feelings. I think many of us has seen proof of this. I think if a person never wants to hear barking, they shouldn’t try to live with a dog. If a person does not like the sound of cats meowing and running through the house at night, he or she should not have cats or find a solution to the furry chaos by drowning out those sounds with relaxing ones.

    If a person is bothered by the opinions of others, these words should be avoided, calmly debated, or drowned out by the expressing of their own selves, focusing attention to their own natural tendency. It’s exposure to that with which some see as wrong that has given them desire to help others. It’s witnessing others’ views that help shape our own. It is my opinion, that it is unfair and unnatural that silence be forced upon anyone or anything. The roots of this control are from selfishness or fear. We, as humans have the freedom to listen and learn, change our opinions, be offended or toughen up from harsh words & get over it, or be stubborn & convinced we’re correct. We also have the freedom to leave others alone (where there is cruelty or neglect can be the exception), to let them live their lives & be themselves whether or not we approve of or dislike who or what they are, do or say.

    The experience of diffent colors, voices, people, animals, cultures, food, etc. assist in the formation of who we become, they shape our preferences and as a by-product, our artistic abilities. Variety plays a role in the development of our goals & the personalities we share with others. So, it seems to me that preventing others from being themselves hinders development for the supressors alike. Freedom of speech should not be a vestige for any living being. If a creature cannot express itself, is that really living, or are they just another brick in the wall? If someone chooses to tell me I’m a weirdo for kissing my lizards, or for loving snakes & spiders, it’s fine because I have my own view on the matter! I may think they’re crappy people, but, they have opinions too & should be free to state them. They may, in the long run, change their minds.

    If exposure to opinions I disagree with puts me in an unwanted mood I’ll focus my attention elsewhere. This shift can take me to my SWEET & SILENT LIL’ MURPH! Reptiles can be wonderful companions for peace-seekers. If you, or anyone you know needs a sweet friend in life that is low-maintenance, by some standards, and is calming to be around, please consider giving a good life to a reptile (there are reptiles in need of adoption in every city) or any one of a number of our other quiet animal friends. We don’t have to hear about what they want or need, we sort of listen with our eyes, you see?

    Now, all this lends itself to another form of suppression… Being caged. If we are caged, we call it imprisonment. I’ve witnessed faces of people stuck in a nursing home and hospital living conditions ‘light up’ after time with fresh air and sunlight. I’ve seen animals’ eyes show a similar light when given a chance to go where they wish and be themselves. It’s important for some reptiles to have, atleast nearly, daylight hours worth of UVA and UVB light within their enclosures if they cannot obtain natural sunlight. It is also very important they get to enjoy their lives with companionship and freedom to explore the world they were born into.

    One way that I do this with Lil’ Murph, if it’s not time to sit outside for spell, is block a doorway with a long piece of cardboard, tall enough to prevent his reaching the top, to let him roam the room wherein I am working. He doesn’t like it, but I place a bell on him that jingles when he walks (cute, cute). I know he is at rest where the jingle stops. Always, the bell is removed before he returns to his cage. I observe he feels fairly treated when he needs to warm up and be under his lights again. Yes, he’s in a bigger prison when this occurs, but he gets exercise and more liberty until we go outdoors where his harness keeps him safe as I follow him where he wishes to venture. It’s not a far distance. It goes something like this: Pitter patter… pause. Pitter, slide, slide, pat, climb …pause, long pause. Lick, smell, pitter patter. You get the idea! 🙂 Then, he’s cute when he looks up or down too.20181217_111300


I am lizard, hear me                  ” Dawn Renee


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