Oh, my gosh! I heard a story today that scared the bejeebers right out of me. If you would like to read this
horror storyscary story yourself, go to http://www.bushbabe.blogspot.com/, and look for the post that is entitled "My New Pet...or Not". It has pictures. The critter is called a sand goanna and it is basically a dinosaur. Smaller. But a dinosaur. Turns out they are not extinct after all. I looked at this grotesque creature and thought to myself, "No, Bush Babe, don't get yourself a new pet." But then she went on to say they were dandy for keeping snakes out of the yard.
Well. I am not a big fan of snakes. I know they have their role in the ecosystem, but I'm a big baby. I don't like 'em. I got to looking at pictures of the sand goanna and decided that dinosaurs were really not so repulsive as I'd originally thought. Maybe they were not such a bad pet idea after all.
I read the comments. Bush Babe's sister doesn't like the sand goanna's long toenails. They give her the shivers. Snakes give me the shivers. So I asked Bush Babe if they were aggressive creatures that darted out at you, which might lead to brief (but distressing) periods of incontinence.
Here's the horrifying part. Turns out they are not aggressive, but they are stupid, and
prone to conceivably could mistake people for trees. THEY.(COULD) MISTAKE. PEOPLE. FOR. TREES. Dear God. I tried to picture what I would do if a honking big lizard with long shivery toenails suddenly ran straight at me and began climbing me.
I have to say, just imagining it, I wet myself a little. (Which appears to be a bit of an overreaction.)