Ollie's closeup
...thoughts from Ollie's peasized brain...
HOWDY BUCKAROOS! I'm Ollie, a long nosed leopard lizard. I hail from Murrietta, Nevada but I currently hang my hat in San Diego. Although I was born August 2004, I'm a hardcore Democrat. But above all else, I loves them crickets!

Monday, January 31

I'm in the news!

Check out this clipping from the University Heights News (a local community newspaper).

Still waiting to see if I'll be featured as 'Critter of the Month' at Meomi.com.

Saturday, January 29

Nicky's antics

Nicky (left) preparing to jump. Please don't jump on me!
It's been enjoyable having Nicky around but the fear of her stepping on me hasn't gone away. She's at least a good two years older than me and two inches bigger. But now Nicky has hurt herself by her aerobic jumping as evidenced by the scab on her nose.

Thursday, January 27

Somehow follows up the last post...

Behold! The ultimate nightmare (Not counting the recurring cricket nightmare.)! Almost threw up my super sized breakfast!!!

Wednesday, January 26

"Those bulges in my pants aren't lizards, sir"

I was doing some geneological research and found this old news brief (hee hee -- I'm FUNNY). My gosh!!

December 9, 2000
Man who hid lizards in underwear fined

LAS VEGAS -- A 31-year-old Las Vegas man found at the airport with lizards in his underwear was fined $500 and sentenced to three years' probation for smuggling.

Don D. Astorga, an auto detailer and reptile collector, offered no explanation before or after sentencing yesterday about being found with nine dead and three live lizards in his crotch at McCarran International Airport.

Two of the lizards were monitors -- a federally protected species.

But Astorga protested U.S. District Judge Philip Pro's order that he let federal probation and Fish and Wildlife officers check his Las Vegas home without a warrant for protected or endangered species.

Astorga was arrested June 9, 1999, at the airport by a Las Vegas police detective who later testified he became suspicious about strange bulges in Astorga's crotch.

A voluntary search turned up 12 young lizards and an egg wrapped in tube socks. The longest of the animals was about 12 inches, police said. The three that survived the airplane trip later died.

Associated Press

Tuesday, January 25

"Lost" and visitors

I'm addicted to "Lost" and not hibernating until I can figure out what's going on that show! And where are the lizards?? So far there have been polar bears and boars but no sign of lizards at all. I think there's some discrimination going on at ABC!! And what is the creature that's out there in the jungle?? I hope it's not a giant CRICKET!!! Argh!

But truth be told, if I could hibernate for four years until the end of George Dubya Bush's reign is over, I would. But it's best to face facts, try to make the best of it and make sure another Republican doesn't make it into office. I fear for the next four years... not even food can't make me forget that.

Other news, I'm eating again. Don't know what happened to me but everything seems to be normal with the exception of some visitors: Nicky and Vic. They're so much older than me and larger to boot. Nicky is staying with me for a while and it's nice to have some company. She's a bit hyper. Always jumping and not watching where she's landing regardless if my head happens to be there or not! But she is nice to snuggle up to!!

Me and Nicky (left) after a nap. She's pretty cute even if she does have a frog-like head.

Me on top of cranky, old Vic. Seems like someone needs wrinkle cream...

Friday, January 14

Dirt nap for Ollie

Not THAT kind of dirt nap but the hibernation kind. One to two months to be exact. Just haven't had desire to eat and I can't even look at a cricket or even chomp on a few. This has been going on for a second week and starting tomorrow, I won't be getting heat. But I do have a surprise guest who will be filling in for me while I'm away... DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNN!!

Wednesday, January 12

Hubba hubba!

My poster girl: a female leopard lizard in her full breeding colors!
This guy takes beautiful photos.

Tuesday, January 11

Post holiday doldrums

Seems like I'm stuck in post holiday doldrums. Nothing much new to report except I'm down to my fighting weight. But that is mostly due to the fact that I haven't been eating. Just no desire to eat --even when there are crickets hopping around my cage and annoyingly so! Don't know if this is a way of my body telling me to go into hibernation for a few months. Truth be told, if I were in Nevada now, I would be under a few feet of snow sleeping until March. Possibly even April. But hibernation scares me...

Tuesday, January 4

New Year's Resolutions v.1.0

Happy New Year! Didn't get a chance to ring in the new year but managed to catch up on my video rentals. I especially enjoyed Day After Tomorrow.

I've been thinking of my resolutions and here is a brief outline:
-Lose weight (see previous post). I look back at the previous photos and I was in tip top shape. WHAT HAPPENED??
-Exercise more. Should help me lose weight if not make my legs stronger. They look like little twigs.
-Eat a variety of foods. I loves them crickets but I need more roughage.
-Confront Russell. Running away isn't helping and might conquer my nightmares.
-Learn parcheesi. Might meet new friends this way.