Saturday, December 1, 2012

There's a Legavaan in my garden!

My dogs were barking madly, not the dog language we know like when the neighbors cat comes over or when the monkeys arrive to tease them or when they have cornered a snake or when there is someone at the gate or a family member arrives home. This was loud unusual warning barking so I went to have a look and used my cell phone to take this photo.

then quickly went to get my camera and lock up the dogs. He had taken refuge under a shrub so was hard to photograph. I used my zoom lens.

The rock monitor ( varanus alibigularis ) also called the legavaan is the second longest lizard found in South Africa and the heaviest bodied. They can reach 2 metres (6 ft) in length and could do some serious damage with their powerful tails. One whip from that tail will kill my dogs. This guy is still young and so beautiful.

I have made my filler blocks. Now to put the quilt together.


  1. Oh my word, that must have been scary! How are you going to get rid of the creature?

  2. You do have an interesting backyard!!!! Quilt pieces look good too.

  3. That is definitely one big creature to wander into the garden.

    Your blocks look so pretty. I can't wait to see them all together.

  4. This looks like a very big lizard! I am glad you did not get too close. I don't think I want to get in his way. I hope he soon wondered away.

    Look your blocks! Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

  5. wow... amazing! I love to see how different the fauna is in people's gardens around the world...
    The only thing you'll see in mine will be hares, foxes, hedgehogs...

  6. I'm from Texas and I thought rattlesnakes were bad. Yes,how do you get rid of them ? (Choot 'em) !!

  7. If you see a wild animal like a Legavaan in your garden, the best thing to do is walk away from it slowly and watch it from a safe distance (a few metres away, okay?). Make sure you keep your pets away from it, guys. It will move on, eventually. Hopefully. Haha! But seriously, if the wild animal decides to stay in the garden, call the nearest National Park or Wildlife office for advice.