My Cat Ripped A Lizard’s Tail Off

This is the first time I’ve ever seen this actually happen in person so it was pretty neat for me.

I was sitting on my bed, playing with my cat when she leapt off and ran towards the door.  I looked to see what she was doing and she was chasing a small lizard around the room.  Next thing I know, she’s swatting at a flopping, pale looking thing on the floor.  I took it away from her and it turns out it was the lizard’s tail.

The tail kept flopping around on its own for about five minutes.  It was kinda creepy.

The lizard itself hid in a corner.  I grabbed it with some tissue and put it outside.  It’s probably too traumatized to come back in the house so I’m sure that’s where it wanted to be anyway.

12 comments

  1. Brad F. · August 4, 2010

    I suppose so, but I don't know that I want that sort of audience.

  2. Brad F. · August 3, 2010

    By the way… that's a wild video…

  3. Brad F. · August 3, 2010

    There are a lot of them here in the house in the Philippines too. The photos above are from Singapore. They don't seem to be doing too good a job with the mosquitoes, or maybe there are just too many mosquitoes and I should find some more of them and bring them into the house. ^_^

  4. Glenn Lopez · August 2, 2010

    I believe they call them butike' (boo-tee-khe).
    I always thought they were cool.. i liked them, they kept the mosquito population down inside the house when I lived in the Philippines. And if you ever tried catching one, their tails fell of on their own… its as if they do it on purpose.

  5. Glenn Lopez · August 2, 2010

    lol once in a while you come across people that 'Dude'. Take it as a compliment, it means your blog audience is growing (:

  6. Dudette · January 27, 2010

    Dude or TC or whatever your next alias will be, why dont you get your own blog because apparently stalking other people on the net is a cheap display of how sad your life is.Trying to sound smart?Trying to come across as someone than who you are? Being an anglophile doesnt meant you are British automatically. Embrace your roots and Get your own blog! That should be your NY resolution.

  7. Brad F. · January 27, 2010

    Being able to ban arrogant morons like you is why I use Disqus. Eat shit.

  8. Dude · January 27, 2010

    You do realize that i care less how i appear on the internet.

    The comment was meant to serve as a mere reminder in case you were one of those Americans who could barely find UK on the map. Obviously, you don't appear to be as ignorant as a great majority of your countrymen; my compliment.

  9. Brad F. · January 27, 2010

    Eh. I worry about my cat getting sick from eating it. I don't know if
    either of them have eaten a lizard while I was out of the house but
    when I'm there I try to shoo the lizards away. It is fun to watch my
    cat go nuts chasing one around though!

  10. Brad F. · January 27, 2010

    You do realize you're only making yourself look foolish by pointing
    out the obvious don't you? The wording of the post makes it obvious
    that I know the tail comes off but had never seen it in action before.
    Also, I'm an American. Don't you think I've seen enough Geico
    commercials to know what a gecko is? I'm learning that writing simply
    is best to appeal to more people (i.e. non-native English speakers).

  11. janalin · January 27, 2010

    Wow! That is super cool! You should let your cat eat the tail up. High in nutrients! Cats are obligate carnivores anyway! :)))) My cat does it all the time….it's so amazing, they are so fast at that. I pity the lizards though…..I sometimes try to warn them by talking to them…(er, yeah, then I realise Im no Dolittle) then, I scare them to run away before my Manja catches sight of them. She's eaten so many lizards that my flat now has those funny teeny bugs on the wall. No fun.
    It's a good thing that lizards have that reflex action on dropping their tail. It'll grow back, dont worry.

    Oh, I think Americans call them geckos, but here in Singapore, we call them lizards…..no matter what the size, they are lizards. Just to let the Dude know that Brad knows his local lingo. 🙂

  12. Dude · January 27, 2010

    It is a GECKO, Brad, and the self-amputation (the credit goes to the tail's anatomy unique rather than to the cat, actually) is one of the reptilian's best-known traits.

    http://www.extension.org/pages/Self-amputation:_Gecko%E2%80%99s_Tail_Is_Its_Insurance_Policy,_Researcher_Says

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