Thursday, July 26, 2007

House Skink and an Improv Workshop

There is a blue-tailed skink loose somewhere in my house. I hope I don't find out where it is while I'm asleep. Wherever you are, no matter how far away, you will hear my startled scream, I'm sure.

Skink in the House (1)

Here's one that got in my parents' house a number of years ago. I just read that the tail of a skink is highly toxic to cats, so cat-owning readers should apparently beware. (Update: This is a myth.)

In other news, if you are at all interested in theatre or want to try something spontaneous and new, you might consider finding out more about an Improv Workshop that will be taught in Durham, August 17-19.


  1. I think the "toxic to cats" thing is a myth; it makes no biological sense - venom is expensive to manufacture, and usually has a specialised delivery system, and toxicity is usually restricted to very metabolically active places, like the liver, in vertibrates.

    Cats hunt snakes and lizards all the time, and once the meme is out there, confirmation bias will lead people to blame the obvious blue lizard for the sick cat.

  2. Yes, I agree that it doesn't make sense. I should have thought more about it and checked my source before posting. Thanks!