Doofus Of The Day #963

Today’s award goes to a herpetophobic couple in Houston, TX.

A small lizard has been safely relocated after a concerned Houston-area residency called Texas wildlife officials about an alligator above their door.

The nearby residents informed Kroboth that their reptile-squeamish neighbors had “freaked out” about a garden snake the previous week.

There’s more at the link.

I’ve heard of herpetophobia, but this is ridiculous!



  1. I always wonder how folks like this manage to go outside. Now I have my answer – They call the police when they glimpse something that freaks them out.

  2. Now that's a cute baby alligator, if I may say so myself.

    I used to entertain the kids when they were small by catching garden snakes, and then holding them like that and presenting my finger to be harmlessly bitten. They inevitably had a more powerful "chomp" than expected, but the kids learned to respect, but not fear, the nice reptiles.

  3. If these people are indeed genuinely phobic, then I sympathize with them. OTOH, there is a vast gulf between full blow phobia and simply being a nitwit.

  4. Which makes me think of a Robert Heinlein quote:

    "This sad little lizard told me that he was a brontosaurus on his mother's side. I did not laugh; people who boast of ancestry often have little else to sustain them. Humouring them costs nothing and adds to happiness in a world in which happiness is always in short supply."

    Obviously, the lizard self-identified as a gator.

  5. Well, they are nasty tempered little guys. Alligator lizards will bite you for all they're worth, and even attack if you provoke them. I recall one night when my beloved kitty cat brought one into the bedroom, and I found it under my pillow as I was getting into bed. I did not acquit myself well, and it didn't turn out good for the lizard either. I have the raw courage to admit this: They give me the damn willies.


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