Tag Archives: lizard

Biodiversity challenge – Nepenthes rajah

Pitcher postcards

Fly-on-the-wall documentary

In one fell.

The Fly and the Pitcher

One blue bottle
Crawling on the lip.
One blue bottle
Crawling on the lip.
And if one blue bottle
Should accidentally slip,
You’ll see one blue bottle
Take an acid dip.

The Big Pitcher

I’m Nepenthes rajah,
Your gracious host.
As meat-eating plants go,
I’m larger than most.
Make yourself at home
On my peristome,
Take a dip in the cool
Of my private pool.
Come lounge with the lizard
Stuck in my gizzard,
You’ll be snug as a bug
In my one-litre jug.
Drop in and discover
The principal use
For my viscoelastic
Gastric juice.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – Earless monitor lizard

Hard of hearing

Did you hear about the earless monitor?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone,
If this was an unknown unknown.
As you don’t well know,
This Borneo lizard is so
Elusive, rare and obscure
That scientists are not really sure
Whether this one in a million reptilian
Has even heard of itself.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.