I may have mentioned this before, but the varmints at large and I have a mutual understanding. You stay out of my yard, house, garage and shop and otherwise do no harm thereto and no harm will befall you from me. This works pretty well, but sometimes there are varmints like moles, voles, mice and gophers that cause problems and they often come out the losers; not to mention scorpions, wasps, black widows and brown recluse spiders that suffer the consequences.
The other day I noticed that some varmint had chewed through the lid of my 5 gallon bucket of bird seed mix and had partaken of its contents, leaving a plethora of evidence all over the floor of my garage. Poison is distasteful to me, ever since I saw my neighbor's Cocker Spaniel dying from eating poisoned gopher peanuts. Sooooo, I went to Lowe's and bought some of those "sticky" rodent traps...four to be exact; you just remove the cover and place them in their "runs"; which I did.
A couple of days later, not unlike Daniel Boone, I checked my traps. There was the culprit, captured and mercifully expired. I promptly placed him in the garbage. Sadly, in one of my other traps, was a menagerie of victims, including ants, crickets, other insecta of unknown origin and one lone lizard. He was pitiful; I though he had expired, but lo and behold, he was still alive. I carefully extracted him, although the "sticky" stuff held him very tightly, so tightly in fact that he lost his tail in the process. I took him to the water faucet, washed him down and released him at the base of Sharn Jean's Hyacinth Bean plant (a whole 'nother story). That was a week or so ago; I saw him this morning and it looked as if his tail had nearly regenerated completely. Although he did not appear particularly grateful, he seemed to be alive and vigorous. One of life's little vignettes, I thought I would share, thanks to Coors Brewing Company.