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    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.

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    Nice story, but I have to say that I don't like those sticky traps. I don't like little varmints either, but those sticky traps are far from merciful. I go for the old cheapo snap traps. Quick and actually merciful (IMHO). And they usually don't affect those real little creatures like lizards ... but then we don't have a lot of lizards roaming the northeast .

    Just my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    ... but then we don't have a lot of lizards roaming the northeast .

    Just my 2 cents.
    I'll see your 2 cents... and raise you a nickle! Having actually seen several NYS lizards on a metal detecting trip, I thought I'd drop this link on ya: Northern Fence Lizard Distribution Map - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation The yellow area along the Hudson River straddles Westchester and Putnam County and just south of the Bear Mountain Bridge at a RR tunnel through a rock outcropping known as "the crow's foot". My hunting partner and I were working about 100' above the top of the tunnel and there were more than a dozen lizards running around. Startled me as I only thought "lizards" resided "Out West". I believe starters of this colony of lizards were transplanted to Putnam many years ago from Long Island by the old owners of this piece of property (the only private holding inside the Camp Smith government reserve). Just a guess though...
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    Harold, Thanks for the link. I can't remember when I've seen a lizard in our part of NYS, but I also can't say that I've never seen one either. At our house and neighborhood, small frogs, toads, an occasional turtle, but never a lizard. In many areas of Florida, where my BIL and stepson lives, they are everywhere.

    Now that I know where they are, maybe I should go on a lizard hunting trip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomfive View Post
    Nice story, but I have to say that I don't like those sticky traps. I don't like little varmints either, but those sticky traps are far from merciful. I go for the old cheapo snap traps. Quick and actually merciful (IMHO). And they usually don't affect those real little creatures like lizards ... but then we don't have a lot of lizards roaming the northeast .

    Just my 2 cents.
    I was able to identify the protagonist in this story; he is a Blue Tailed Racerunner. They are pretty fast, that's for sure, that is when they are not ensconced in a sticky rodent trap. They are pretty common here; they like to hang out in the flower beds and in and around the garage. I have caught a few for the kids in the past, but ordinarily I just let them go about their business undisturbed. Besides, it's a bit disconcerting to grab one and have it release it's tail...which by the way, continues to wriggle and thrash about while it's owner scurries off to a place of safety.
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