I recently told a friend of mine not to fret about the Nile Monitor population here in Cape Coral, Fla., because those lizards aren’t as dastardly as, say, a Komodo Dragon. I neglected to mention the monitor gets up to 7 feet long and runs up to 18 mph. These are details some people don’t need cluttering their minds.
Dragons come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s kinda cool to think there are about 1,000 of the 7-foot variety sharing “the island” with me. (I keep my birds inside.) I’ve yet to see one of these beasties, though.
I’m sure there are squeamish mothers out there who don’t keep a good eye on their toddlers who think a Nile Monitor could drag their kids into the canals, but monitors can’t dislocate their jaws the way snakes can. If someone wants to worry about a reptile, they need to get worked up about the pythons and such, right?
The dragons are cool. 😉
Now, it does break my heart to think the burrowing owls that stand in the middle of the street at night (yes, they just stand there and look at oncoming cars–it’s very strange) might be in danger from a burrowing dragon/lizard. I have to hope these owls around here are as wise as the storybooks make them out to be.
“Some days, you just want the dragon to win.”