I'll save the lizard tail until the end. Some might not think it as cool as a spider. (Is this a great post or what?)
First to the spider. I don't go looking for spiders. But, sometimes they find me -- or their webs find me to be more exact. And, when I run into them, after picking off the web, I can't help but think they are pretty amazing little creatures.
Here's our spider. She's hanging out in the middle of her web waiting for breakfast.
OK. Now for the alligator lizard tail.
Last night I saw the dog "playing" with an alligator lizard and went to check it out. Now the "play" here was all from the dog's perspective. The lizard had not chosen to play and, no doubt, did not want that instant to play. Anyway, the lizard so did not want to play, that it dropped its tail and scampered away. The dog, being a dog, was captivated by the flopping tail and allowed its playmate to escape.
I reached the scene in time to take this short clip of the lizard tail wiggling around.
I've found lizard tails and seen lizards with regenerated tails but I had not seen a newly detached tail still wiggling. Whether due to teenage whatever or lots of experience with detached lizard tails, my 13 year old was unimpressed. But, I thought it interesting and was glad to have my camera with me.