I was bitten by an alligator

lizard.

Yup, an alligator lizard. So adorable. So harmless looking, right?

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A few teenagers were sitting in a local park above our beautiful Agua Hedionda Lagoon, attempting to humanely herd this creature off the grass and back into his native habitat of sagebrush and coyote bush, when I waltzed by and thought I’d be the conquering heroine and offer my assistance.

They were afraid to pick him up, but I said, “no problem, guys, here’s how it’s done.” I then proceeded to pick him up, totally forgetting the proper way to handle a scared reptile and he immediately latched onto my finger with his razor sharp teeth and WOULD NOT LET GO.

So much for my heroics; I started screaming and shook off the poor little fella, sending him sailing off into the bushes. No worries, though. He was FINE, scurrying away with all of his limbs intact and whole, probably searched for his family to tell them about the lunatic human he encountered, while I was nursing several bleeding puncture wounds…amid teenaged laughter. To be fair, they DID ask me if I was OK, but I think they actually recorded the whole incident, so if you see it on YouTube, yes, that was ME.

I dropped my phone whilst repelling the attack of the ‘gator, and this pic was accidentally taken…

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It was all good, though. Just a day in the life of Princess Rosebud.

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24 thoughts on “I was bitten by an alligator

  1. I know what you mean. I tried to get one out of my home safely and the bugger latched onto my finger and wouldn’t let go. Who would have thought something so small had teeth that sharp!

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  2. You were still the heroine, even if it didn’t go quite as planned.
    I rescued one of these from my pool when I was still in San Diego. I was doing laps and find him swimming out towards me. When I got the immediate terror under control I saw that he was shaking and in bad shape. So, I scooped him out and got him rinsed off with clean water and then got him into a bit of protected sun to dry off and recuperate. He stayed for a couple hours and then moved on.

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