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Elvis Has Left The Building September 9, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Home & Garden, Nature.

In Florida, from time to time, small, friendly, and fearless anole lizards sneak into our homes and wreak havoc.

Well, not really.

They do sneak in . . . but no havoc is wreaked and no homes are wrecked.

For the most part, they are quite quiet and well behaved.

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Despite their polite demeanor, we are inclined to dispatch them back to the great outdoors at the earliest opportunity.

Yesterday, while BFF was at an early morning medical appointment, I walked into the kitchen and spotted one of the wee beasties, let’s call him Elvis, in the middle of the kitchen floor.

As I approached, Elvis retreated and then he turned tail and headed straight for the washer/dryer, disappearing from view.

Point 1 ~> Elvis.

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When BFF returned, he took up patrol duty in the kitchen and spied Elvis in the pantry looking for the peanut butter for an Elvis Special (bacon, banana, and peanut butter sandwich).

BFF “almost” caught him using an upside down clear shoebox, but “almost” doesn’t count when catching lizards.  At the last minute, Elvis darted across the kitchen and took refuge under the dishwasher.

Point 2 ~> Elvis.


The game remained at a stalemate until bedtime when we left a small saucer of water out for Elvis in case he got thirsty.

Point 3 ~> Elvis.

This morning, we hoped to see Elvis out in the open, drinking from his tiny trough.

No such luck.

BFF peered under the dishwasher and spied Elvis peering back.

No skirmish ensued.

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A short while later, BFF called for reinforcements, “Hey, Nancy.  Come here and get the door.  Elvis is ready to leave.”

Sure enough, Elvis had emerged from under the dishwasher and was now “standing his ground” by the front door.

I opened the storm/screen door to the courtyard and BFF shooed Elvis out of the villa using a piece of cardboard to guide the little guy in the correct direction ~> OUT!

Once outside, Elvis did a little happy dance and made a beeline (or lounge lizard line) straight for the Norfolk Pine.

Inside, we did a little happy dance too!

Aah . . . that’s better! 


1. Rivergirl - September 9, 2021

I miss those little guys. We always had them when we lived in NC…..

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

When/where did you live in NC?
We lived in Winston-Salem from 1984-1992.

Rivergirl - September 9, 2021

We were in Jacksonville, on the coast. Husband was active duty then. Late 80’s into late 90’s.

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

Never been there, but been all around there ~ Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Wilmington, New Bern, Ocracoke, Hatteras, etc. Great location, but I bet you missed Maine.

2. Kate Crimmins - September 9, 2021

Awww, poor little guy probably missed his friends. It’s nice that you gave him water (but he really wanted the peanut butter!).

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

His delight at being back outside was palpable ~> “I’m FREE! FREE at last! . . . and those giants didn’t eat me!”

You’re probably right about the peanut butter. We found an orphaned raccoon once. Before we could find a wildlife rehabilitator, I needed to get some liquids into him. He wasn’t interested in water, almond milk, or half & half. So I mixed some peanut butter with the almond milk and “painted” it on his tongue with a q-tip. Success!

Kate Crimmins - September 9, 2021

And they didn’t have a cat that would rip my tail off!

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

Tigger used to be quite proficient at catching lizards . . . but most of the time he used a “catch and release” method.

3. Sarah Davis - September 9, 2021


nrhatch - September 9, 2021

Glad Elvis gave you a giggle.

4. Behind the Story - September 9, 2021

Elvis looks so much like a gecko that I had to look up the differences. They are many and complex. They’re not even related. Lizards are of the order squamata. Geckos belong to the family gekkonidae. But they sure look similar to me. We don’t have either in WA. The first time I saw a gecko was in the Philippines. It was climbing over my head in the bedroom, so I screamed. My husband laughed and told me that they eat mosquitoes and other insects. So ever after, I just let geckos be.

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

Most people around here call them geckos (probably because they look like Geiko’s Gecko). Like you, I looked up the difference once and was surprised to see how unrelated they are.

And like you I do NOT want them over my head . . . especially when I’m in bed. 😛

5. Val Boyko - September 9, 2021

Glad he got his needs met and then left❣️thanks for sharing his tale, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 9, 2021

We are always delighted to see them depart the premises, Val.

6. L. Marie - September 10, 2021

Oh my word!! I would have freaked out like I do when I find a spider crawling on my wall. Glad you returned Elvis to the great outdoors.

nrhatch - September 10, 2021

Elvis was a happy camper!
Good luck keeping your place free of arachnids!

7. Debra - September 11, 2021

The real story behind the remark “Elvis has left the building.” We have lizards all.over the garden and I greet them comfortably, but I do get a little jittery if found indoors. Elvis did find a kind and patient family to visit! 😄

nrhatch - September 12, 2021

I’m with you, Debra ~ I prefer them to stay in the courtyard or on the back patio rather than in my kitchen, bath, or bedroom!

8. roughwighting - September 14, 2021

Elvis is much happier in his normal environs, I’m sure. As much as we love nature’s creatures, we really prefer them OUTSIDE, not in our homes!

nrhatch - September 14, 2021

Yes! He seemed quite ebullient as he exited our abode and raced across the courtyard in great bounding leaps!

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