I got up in the middle of the night, at 3 am, to go to the toilet. As I was walking into the corridor I saw something move across my path. I quickly jumped so as not to tread on it. It gave me a fright.
We have a night-light in the corridor so my wife can find the toilet in case she gets up, so I switched the main light on and I was expecting to see a cockroach, but in fact it was a lizard. It was about 3 inches (7 cm) long and a very light beigy-green color and it had stopped in the corner of the wall just above the wainscoting (I love that word).
At first I was inclined to let it go, and I touched its tail to make it run away, but it didn’t budge, I suppose it felt safe there. But then I thought, I don’t like lizards running around in my house, so I ran into the kitchen and brought a plastic container and I thought I could catch it in that. So I tried, but because it was in the corner I could not. Then it suddenly tried to make a break for it and ran diagonally across the wall, and as it paused momentarily I managed to catch it under the plastic container.
By this time, hearing the commotion, my wife was awake, so I asked her to come and hold the plastic container against the wall while I went and found a piece of cardboard. Then I slid the cardboard between the container and the wall and it was trapped. I did not eat it because it was Yom Kippur. Anyway, I don’t think lizards are kosher, they don’t have cloven-hooves or scales.
I took it to the merpeset (balcony) and threw it over. I hope it did not harm it, since my aim was to save it, but not in my house. I hope it told it’s friends “don’t go to apt. 5, there’s a crazy guy there who will catch you and throw you over the balcony.” But, then I also thought, it’s large daddy or mummy lizard might come looking for it, a kind of Kimodo dragon monster. With those thoughts in my mind I found it hard to get back to sleep.