You Were Expecting a Chicken, Maybe?

This little cutie is a Beaded Lizard, part of the first successful hatching of Beaded Lizards at the Columbus Zoo since 2000. According to ZooBorns, the Beaded Lizard is a venomous species found in rocky regions of Central and western Mexico, and northern Central America, but due to habitat loss and poaching their numbers are diminishing.


More pictures at ZooBorns. Egg-cellent find, Maureen!

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25 thoughts on “You Were Expecting a Chicken, Maybe?

  1. Chris January 26, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Release the Kraken!

  2. Laura January 26, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    What? No hovertext? I haz a sad. 🙁

    • sixkatlady January 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Same here!! Hovertext is the cherry bomb on top of it all.

  3. Julie January 26, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Normally, I don’t find reptiles to be cute, but this little one is definitely saying “ehn!” so I change my mind.

  4. Faye January 26, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Hai! I’m new! What do you recommend?

  5. Smartypants January 26, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    “I’m too cute to be venomous. Come closer…let me prove it!”

    Great find, Maureen – I love Zooborns!

    • Maureen January 27, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Me, too! I spend WAY too much time going back and forth between here and there while at “work” 🙂

  6. Lurkingduck January 26, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    I want one!

  7. allein January 26, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Hovertext has materialized! It’s magic!

  8. Janice January 26, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    I like the hovertext on this one. You’ve got me so spoiled with great hovertext, I actually find myself “hovering over” other animal pics I see on the interwebs!

    • Claire January 26, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      Ha! I find myself doing that too! Glad to know I’m not the only one =)

      • allein January 26, 2016 / 6:24 pm

        I think we all probably do it by now. It doesn’t even have to be a cute animal pic.

  9. birdcage January 26, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    That’s one of those bebehs that is simply a small version of an adult face. Like a bebeh capybara: they don’t look all innocent and helpless like a golden retriever puppeh, they just look like miniatures of their parents.

    This one is definitely saying, “Here’s JOHNNY!”

    • Gigi_the cat lady January 26, 2016 / 6:44 pm

      Which Here’s Johnny are you referring to? The one from the Tonight show or the one from The Shining?

      • 6rabbits January 26, 2016 / 10:47 pm

        Either would work, actually…

    • Smartypants January 26, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Yes, that has also struck me about bebeh giraffes – there’s no puppy/kitten phase, they just arrive looking like fully formed mini adults.

  10. The Commenter Formerly Known as Ricky's Mom January 26, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Tewtally adorabobble.

  11. Rachel January 26, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    What an adorable little lizard guy! I am firmly in the reptiles can be adorable camp. Especially this little one. Hi, baby lizard! Welcome to the world!

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 26, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      … and welcome to my website, first-time commenter! Great to have you with us. I’m always on the lookout for more cute lizards, so stay tuned. 🙂

      • Rachel January 27, 2016 / 9:59 am

        I’ve been following since day 1, I have no idea why I haven’t commented before. Thanks for the welcome. 🙂

  12. murkle46 January 27, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Also known as a Gila Monster.there is even a cheesey 50’s movie about a giant one of these terrorising fun loving white kids.really white,white kids.

    • Saffron January 27, 2016 / 8:20 am


      • Maureen January 27, 2016 / 9:13 am

        Thanks for the MST3K bit!

      • Rachel January 27, 2016 / 10:00 am

        MST3K! Brilliant!

        • Faye January 27, 2016 / 1:18 pm

          I’m speechless with laughter. That movie is so bad it’s good.
          I agree, those anr the whitest white people I’ve ever seen and I’m a little old chubby white lady. So that’s saying a lot.

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