Humor Poetry posted April 17, 2019

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Tell me you wouldn't feel the same way, ladies...

Anole with Attitude

by Y. M. Roger

Oh my goodness! Oh my word!
This new look is quite absurd!
Those bad hair days, I must confess:
I would prefer them to this mess!
I’ve heard some say their skin’s too tight…
I’m telling you, they might be right!
The facial part, it came plum off,
And though I chewed, still made me cough…
Now, I’m sick and tired of tryin’ –
Looks gross, I know, no point lyin’…
On my lunch date, I had to bail,
‘Cuz this is headed for my tail!
Humans might think their acne’s bad,
But just some zits I wish I had!
Nope. I’m done. No face time for me –
Just choc’late, please, and fine Chablis…
By morning I’ll be smooth once more
‘Til my next ‘a-peeling’ encore!


Today's Walk contest entry

Image of this shedding green anole is from this afternoon on my walk ... actually snapped this one at the end of our walk on the way back up the front steps! My youngest son and I watched her eat the part off her face before I took her picture... I had to give her some dignity!! I'll have to save the other pics from our walk because this one was the best, hands down. :) :)

Carolina Anoles (also called Green or Brown Anoles) ---- [Anolis carolinensis] Anyone who spends much time outside is familiar with these rapid racers, often mistakenly called chameleon. Depending on the surroundings, and even on the air temperature, anoles can appear bright green, dull olive, brown or gray. No other lizard in our area has the ability to undergo such color changes.

Anoles are reptiles. Reptiles are thought to have evolved from primitive amphibians about 300 million years ago. They grow continuously throughout their lives. Because their skin doesn't grow along with them, they must shed the old skin periodically.

Different reptiles shed in different ways. Lizards shed in sections, often beginning with a split down the back. Snakes usually shed in one piece from head to tail. Turtles shed individual plates, called 'scutes', that make up their shell, and crocodilians shed their large scales individually rather than all at once.

Shedding depends on size, age, how much the animal is eating and its overall health. Animals usually shed more as hatchlings and juveniles than later in their life cycle. Some anoles shed as often as every month, some as infrequent as once a year. After shedding, lizards sometimes eat the old skin for the nutrient value.

In preparation to shed, anoles become less active and usually duller in color. They may cut back on their diet of small insects, such as spiders, crickets, or most any insect they can swallow. After shedding, they may not eat quite as much for a day or two. Anoles drink by lapping water droplets from grass and plant leaves. []
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