unusual visitor

I was potting some of my vegetables today and rummaged through the old plastic pots that are left untouched for most of the year underneath the fuel tank in a rather dark part of our garden. And at the bottom of one of the pots I found this little lizard. I’ve never seen a lizard in Ireland before. Frogs yes, but not lizards, is this a lizard? I’m not so hot when it comes to identifying creatures, especially small creatures.

He looked rather dead, but then I thought well he’s a reptile and they tend to love to bask in the sun, maybe if I expose him to heat of the sun he’ll show some signs of life. I put him into a big glass jar and put a few leaves, some insects, a rock, two pieces of wood and some water into it. Instant terrarium. And pronto, after about 10 minutes he started to move. I really enjoyed having this little visitor today. I did release him underneath the fuel tank amongst some twigs later on in the afternoon.

PS I dedicate today’s post to Angie, a terrarium-lover and very dear friend of mine.

5 Responses to “unusual visitor”

  1. curlsofred says:

    Oooh fun. I loved amphibians when I was a kid (and still technically do). I’m no expert, but I bet he’s a salamander. They like moist, watery places. Lizards are more dry climate creatures. So glad you had a little visitor with you this afternoon :)

  2. Skytimes says:

    Isn’t it a coincidence that this little salamander decides to visit you the day Angie wrote about terrariums? Cute little visitor you had… Sure he’ll stick close by. xoxo

  3. Anna Marie says:

    How cute! I love happening on creatures when out gardening – how wonderful that you got to see this little guy :)

  4. amy says:

    Hi! So, this is a salamander (amphibian) rather than a lizard (reptile). Ah, the useful knowledge I gained from being a zoo teacher!!! I do love salamanders. They usually lay eggs in the water, sometimes in puddles or ponds and the babies grow under water breathing with gills, but as they reach adulthood they lose the gills and breathe with lungs! Cool huh?

    • forward tumble says:

      hey, thanks for the info everybody, amphibian, how cool. I didn’t know we had salamander in Ireland… but then I never really checked the content of the pots before either… look and learn every day, eh?

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