Thursday, May 27, 2010
Reproduction in the non-Arthropods #1
I was filling a watering can when I noticed what looked like debris down inside, so I tipped it out and a largely gravid southern alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) literally and loudly plopped out onto the driveway. She looked annoyed and uncomfortable, but I could be projecting my own dismay at the possibility of having harmed her in her delicate state.
It's weird: usually I just let the old leaves and what-not float around in the watering can as this detritus just pops out through the spout given sufficient back-pressure. Some intuition caused me to dump the lizard out, otherwise this situation could have been messier.
Maybe the lizard considered the watering can, laying on its side under the Texas Ranger, a likely spot for a nest. Anyway, she blinked a few times then ambled fatly off into a chink in the cottage stones nearby presumably to find a drier and more stable spot to lay her eggs.