Never say never.
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Larry is a leopard gecko. Larry’s real name is Licky but I can’t stand the thought of him licking things (and he does, man – he can lick his eyeball) so I call him Larry.
Since Christmas, Larry is the newest addition to our family. It’s all quite ironic as I’ve pronounced many a time that no reptiles – unless in the form of shoes or handbags – would be allowed in the house. But he’s here. Larry is here.
Larry belongs to my son, Hank, and lives securely in his room except for when he comes to the kitchen for an impromptu photo shoot. I don’t know if leopard geckos jump. He looks like he could jump. Larry, I swanny, if you jump on me that’ll be the last of your licky self, that’s for sure.
Larry eats mealworms and live crickets, will grow to be about 8 or 9″ long (unless he jumps on me), and likes to lick his eyeballs. See ya later Larry.
So, tell me, what have you had to retract after saying “never, no never” to?
Oh come on, you can tell.
Yes. BUT ONLY because I had children. I remember my MIL saying, they will make liars out of you and I was all like, “What is she talking about?” Now I am all like, “I KNOW!!!” We will never get another dog. We will never let you play on the computer unsupervised. You will never be allowed to say crap. (I just decided its not a swear word ok??? AH!)
Anyway, I fear that I have reveiled to much! 🙂
“Larry, I swanny, if you jump on me that’ll be the last of your licky self”
Bahahahahahaha!! Amy I could hear your voice saying that and I laughed out loud! You crack me up girl. Long live Licky! 😀
I just love that picture of Larry!
Licky would never be out of his cage, box, whatever he lives in, at my house. In fact his place of residence would be outside. Any pictures would have to be made through the cage bars or glass sides of his “house”.
Having raised 3 children it was more of “I will never do such and such for my child” that I generally found myself doing at one time or another. For instance, if you forget your homework don’t call me to bring it to you. They would and I did. Yes, they will make liars out of you.
Ya’ll need to make a new house rule right now or at least before my next visit that Licky has to stay in “his house” while Nana is at “your house”. Or Hank will be crying over either a dead Licky or a dead (from heart failure) Nana. Licky is too much related to a snake in my book and anything that eats their food LIVE makes my skin crawl. So hug Hank for me and make sure he knows about the new House Rule.
Love to all, Mom
I said “MY kids will never…(fill in the blank)” a lot when I was a young 24 yr old school teacher teaching other people’s kids. Then I had four of my own….a little humble pie, anyone?
My parents said we would NEVER get a dog growing up, and we got one. 🙂 That’s ’bout all the times I’ve experience it so far. Your photos are amazing. Please come teach me.
I said I would never have a cat. Couldn’t stand them growing up because they are so…um…sneaky? One day a little kitty landed on our doorstep, bit my finger while eating because she was starving, was taken to the pound to quarantine to make sure there were no rabies, I had a tetanus shot, then we paid $50 to ‘rescue’ her from being euthanized. She lived with us for 11 years before dogs got her. Now we have two kitties…
I draw the line at reptiles. He’s lovely, but no sir.
I think Larry’s a photogenic little fella. ‘Specially if YOU are behind the camera lens! Snakes & other reptiles don’t bother me too much, but them thangs with eight legses? Brrrrrr! I went with a friend to a counselor once & sat in an inconspicuous corner of the office while they talked. There was a fish tank with nothing but sand & driftwood in it — or so I thought. When it registered that there was a tarantula in there, that corner of the office was no longer inconspicuous. ; )
I too said “no reptiles” ~ until I met an albino corn snake named Topaz…though she also lives in her room except to be “socialized” on occasion.
Still can’t bring myself to feed her… BLEAAAAAH!
(just wandered in from ACRanch)
Larry is almost cute in a weird, reptile like way. Not so cute that I would ever touch him or pet him or do whatever it is one does with a pet gecko, but cute enough that I didn’t see that picture and run screaming. 🙂 Good luck with the new family member.
I am sticking to the no reptiles in the house rule….so far. Great photo session, Larry is a natural at posing.
The Park Wife
Growing up in Florida we had lizards in the house all the time. They would come in the house when they were looking for water. I would put water out for them and watch them drink. I had no problem with them. All I knew was they ate spiders and kept many of the other bugs away. I hate spiders and will never have a pet spider.
Luckily, My boys are not reptile fans. But I have an aversion to ferrets (as many of my lady friends know0. They just give me the shivers. Thank goodness one of those has not been requested for a pet at my house.
ive always watched lizards from afar. Never been a fan. I told that to Hank on Christmas Day and he told me that it made me “unmanly”. Don’t think he quite understands it from my point of view.
I have NEVER been a fan of reptiles but these pictures of Licky/Larry make me want to pull up a chair and have a conversation with him! He needs his own TV show… or maybe Movie. Ever heard of Veggie Tales? I think you’ve got somethin’ here. As for the “I said I’d NEVER”… I said I’d NEVER have a dog IN THE HOUSE and for the last eight years our Shi-Poo Sophie has been the most popular member of this household! Go figure…
Is that your new pet? Just by looking at him, I have goose bumps…. The photography is great though! I don’t think I can hold anything like that in my hand…
Love the pictures of Larry and love your description of him! Fun post!
I love Larry! Haven’t heard from my son, future zookeeper, you had a new pet. Just yesterday, one of our reptiles passed onto the reptile heaven, and he suggested we get the next “interesting cold-blooded” pet on his list of “to haves”. I do draw the line on SNAKES inside for extended periods. Just reminds me of Evil!
Too bad PW’s photo assignment is dogs…both of those pics are awesome!