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Stealing chook food

November 22, 2011

Our chickens attract a lot of other wild creatures into our garden. Not through anything they do, just as a result of the free food being available on tap. Brush turkeys and hordes of birds are always hanging around, trying their best to get into the chicken’s yard and steal their food. The other day I noticed this cheeky fellow gobbling up the chook food at a remarkable rate. The door was open and the chickens were out in the backyard. He saw his opportunity and slunk in there. I watched him for quite a while, not daring to get any closer to take a better photo. It was quite a funny sight to see a lizard eating out of the chicken feeder. Can you see how full his belly looks? Not sure quite how good chicken pellets and grains are going to be for his diet!

I think he is a monitor lizard but I could be wrong (no reptile expert here!). Do you know what it is?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2011 7:13 PM

    A lovely picture of this thief,…

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 1, 2011 5:06 PM

      I must try and get a better photo of him on my proper camera actually. This photo does not do him justice!

  2. November 23, 2011 5:33 AM

    I think it’s a water dragon. They are a very beautiful lizard and you are lucky to have them in your backyard. It’s not really ‘stealing’ more ‘seizing an opportunity’.

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 1, 2011 5:06 PM

      Ah interesting…a water dragon! He is a very handsome chap indeed. And no, we don’t mind his eating the chicken food…just concerned that it might not be very good for him.

  3. November 23, 2011 11:25 AM

    What a handsome big chap! I would squeal and squeal if something like that appeared in my garden, I jump when the toads pop out when I’m tidying up. I get very over excited by wild life. I hope he didn’t make himself ill eating your chook food.

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 1, 2011 5:05 PM

      This morning when I went to feed the chooks he was in there happily stuffing his face, not in the least bit concerned about the chooks. I guess he knows he is too big for them to try and eat him!

  4. November 26, 2011 2:06 PM

    It’s like a zoo in your backyard! Between the dog, the chickens, the rabbits, the bush turkeys, the bees and now the dragon, it’s a wonder you can keep any plants in the ground! It must be an exciting place for the kids to explore, no wonder you can’t ever move! 🙂

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      December 1, 2011 5:03 PM

      It is a bit of a zoo here! Particularly interesting to see all the animals try to establish the pecking order amongst themselves. Thankfully Tara is older and bigger now so they don’t try and insert themselves above her in the pecking order of the family (as they used to when she was a toddler!).

  5. December 10, 2011 5:57 AM

    Ahaa, I see now why you ordered a chook feeder. Greedy reptile of the sneakiest kind.

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