Henry – The Tuatara

Opera friend Henry had an excellent post about a New Zealand reptile called the Tuatara
also named Henry.

It was an interesting and fun post and because of my love of reptiles,
a little diddy began dancing in my head:

The Tuatara

At a hundred eleven,
was a grumpy old man
but stood the test of time.

He fathered a brood
of eleven tiny babes
and no longer was in a bad mood.

Mildred, his mate
as fate would have it
lost her tail the first time
they tried.

She grew it back
forgave Henry his deed
and didn’t give him a big whack.

by Pamela aka PainterWoman© Jan. 28, 2009

The photo below is one of an Iguana I found in my yard. It was the reason my dogs were barking all night long. I took him to the Humane Society as I had no knowledge whatsoever of taking care of reptiles. One of the workers there already had rescued one and wanted this one too if the original owners didn't come forward.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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63 Responses to Henry – The Tuatara

  1. I_ArtMan says:

    nice ditty. lucky they regrow their tails.i had an iguana once. his name was mergatroid. he moved very slowly unless he was gulping down a fly or a moth. he had the run of the house and liked to sit on my shoulder.i was reading your 'about'. i don't remember how you came to opera. can you tell that story or do i have to dig deep into your past. :heart:i might have been the first to welcome you. i do that whenever i notice a newbie. :happy:

  2. PainterWoman says:

    Remember your Windows Live blog? I had one too and that's where I found you; then you disappeared from there for a while. Later we connected on that blog again and we exchanged a few emails and you mentioned your new Opera blog. It was back in the beginning of last year I think. I started my blog here around April or May and you were the first on my friend's list.

  3. gdare says:

    It is interesting to see how many of us appeared in this place for a first time. I was installing Opera browser almost 3 years ago and there was information that I could register and use 300 MB of space for blogging and photos. I thought to myself, ok, why not, and registered. I wasn`t blogging at the beginning, just read other people`s posts and commented. Then I did a first one, about a year later. Never thought anyone would comment, but I got 15 ones. Then I did another, and another, and…. :)I am happy to have friends here, people like me and some that are not like me. But we all have, mostly, a nice time together :happy:

  4. I_ArtMan says:

    thank you pam for refreshing my memory. that was a fluke because i never, hardly ever, go there anymore. there's not enough time to maintain all these sites i've started. opera is the best. :heart:

  5. PainterWoman says:

    I'm in agreement with both of you. Opera's the best and lots of nice people.

  6. Weatherlawyer says:

    MSN communities has been farmed off to a firm I'd never heard of. It might be so they can use it to good advantage next time they want to load the system at the ISO.No reason to keep all my images on file here though.If you have a group at MSN you must sort it out bythe 21st of this month. That's the final countdown.

  7. I_ArtMan says:

    really. that's a bad sign for microsoft isn't it? they're just so top-heavy.

  8. Weatherlawyer says:

    MSN groups was OK for beginners but it wasn't working well with Microsft Office. I gather the groups service was originally bought in from Corel or somewhere. Cisco or some other server ware?I don't rememeber. Their icons work on Opera though. Just grab them in html. The code is the same for all of them except for the last few letters.MSN Explorer will go to the dogs when the community migrates I imagine.

  9. PainterWoman says:

    WL: No, not in any msn groups so I don't have to worry about that.Scott: Have a safe trip. Your brother is, I think, way south of me so I doubt you'll be driving anywhere near Phoenix.

  10. I_ArtMan says:

    pam,i head south just west of phoenix. i'm not sure my brother will even be there. if he's not, or he's snotty, my plan is to find some mountain or river and camp for a few days. :happy: i'll pm my cell number if you want to meet up and have a cuppa coffee.don't bother answering this. i am gone. etd is 2:00 a.m. eta is high noon. hurray!

  11. BabyJay99 says:

    Hi Lady Pam 🙂 Sorry for the late reply. The interview is here – http://my.opera.com/BabyJay99/blog/princess-interview-mr-gila-monster

  12. PainterWoman says:

    Lea: I read the post. Very different reptiles, especially in size! :yikes:

  13. BabyJay99 says:

    Hi Lady Pam. Yes totally different. Thanks to you Lady Pam and Henry I learned new things :up: :yes:

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