Zoo #5 – Chameleon

Somewhere in the reptile house,
Behind its swivel eyes,
The shimmering chameleon,
A master of disguise,
Just smiled a scaly sort of smile
Contented by and large:
Invisible to predators
Behind his camouflage.

Assured of his ability
To disappear from sight,
The colour-changing iguania
Looked settled for the night.
So smug until he realised
His final big mistake,
To blend in oh so subtly
With a lizard-eating snake.

I am always fascinated by the fact that animals in zoos very rarely eat one another.  All those fish in an aquarium full of sharks and you can’t tell me that at least one or two of them don’t go missing.  Reptiles (are snakes reptiles?) always seem to me to be impervious to zoo etiquette.  I remember, as a boy, wandering around a reptile house at the zoo when a keeper came along with a box of beautiful fluffy yellow chicks which he let us pet for a while before he fed them to the snakes.  I can recall the trauma today, and my feeling of uselessness at not guessing what was coming and saving at least some of them.  I don’t like snakes, but I’m not scared of them (although I’ve never actually encountered anything big and poisonous – this is England, we leave that kind of thing to Estate Agents).  I wouldn’t choose to share my life with one…

10 thoughts on “Zoo #5 – Chameleon

  1. The zookeeper should have warned kids and parents alike. It’s too bad. I would never want a snake for a pet although my son had several over the years. Nothing large or deadly, We do have rattlesnakes in Colorado and they serve them in restaurants in Arizona.

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  2. I once saw a polar bear catch a wild duck at the zoo. The keepers went nuts and tried to keep the kiddies away. I thought it was cool how he brought it down.

    I found your blog through Herb I like it and will be back
    Stay well and Laugh

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