I made this photo of a Lizard hitching a ride using my thumb a few days ago. I was moving it to a safer place near my garden. It was on my deck, but I have a neighbor cat that visits and I was afraid that she would kill it if she saw it. I didn’t like removing it from my deck because they are insectivorous and will eat the small little pest I have around.
I don’t usually handle wildlife and just let nature take its course. Animals are designed for survival, but when a domestic cat is around I may take action if I think it is necessary.
Here is another Lizard I photographed this past February: Photographing Lizards In February
Most lizard species are harmless to humans. Only the largest lizard species, the Komodo dragon, which reaches 3.3 m (11 ft) in length and weighs up to 166 kg (365 lb), has been known to stalk, attack, and, on occasion, kill humans. An eight-year-old Indonesian boy died from blood loss after an attack in 2007. The venoms of the Gila monster and beaded lizard are not usually deadly, but they can inflict extremely painful bites due to powerful jaws.
Numerous species of lizard are kept as pets, including bearded dragons, iguanas, anoles, and geckos (such as the popular leopard gecko). Some lizards have an affinity for humans, but many are suspicious or skittish around them. Lizards that bite humans are very rare. Lizards are predominantly insectivorous, but some eat fruit, or vegetables. Live crickets and worms are the most typical foods for pet lizards, though the crested gecko (not a friendly lizard to humans) can feed entirely on fruit.
Most lizards are oviparous (egg laying), though in some species the eggs are retained until the live young emerge. Parthenogenesis in squamata (that is, asexual reproduction) occurs in about 50 species of lizards, and it is believed that female’s ability to do this in the absence of males is widespread among lizards. (Wikipedia)