Fat little grandfather

23 06 2022

This may have been the healthiest horny toad I’ve ever seen. S/he’s a big granddaddy/mama; I think his/her body would almost have filled the palm of my hand.

Look at that belly! And that tongue!

This is a wonderful Navajo legend about the relationship between the Diné and horned lizards.

This link talks about the symbolism of horned lizards. According to the site, “Na’ashǫ́’ii dich’ízhii (horned toad) is called Cheii (Grandfather) by the Diné (Navajo). Grandfather Horned Toad possesses great spiritual power that enabled him to triumph in a contest with lightning, an incredibly powerful force. The Diné use his songs and prayer for protection from the dangers of the world and the evil intentions of other people.”

And we can all use songs and prayers for protection from the dangers of the world and the evil intentions of other people, eh? 🙂 I didn’t have even a sprinkle of corn pollen or any other offering, but I did endeavor to protect the critter from stout hooves as s/he scuttled between sagebrush.

Who couldn’t love that face!?


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14 responses

23 06 2022
Trish

Good health and harmony to you… Love the story of grandfather toad. Stay safe little one.

23 06 2022
TJ

S/he couldn’t have reached that size without some good survival instinct and/or karma! 🙂

23 06 2022
TamrahJo

Perhaps the gift offered of protection, for a moment, was enough – for many – one Grandfather saved to go forth for another day to save many from lightening and evil intentions of others – ❤

23 06 2022
TJ

I certainly hope so. 🙂

23 06 2022
Karen Schmiede

Love this guy or gal!

23 06 2022
TJ

They’re such cool little dinosaurs. 🙂

23 06 2022
Martha Kennedy

I love these guys. We had a different species in the Colorado chaparral, more spikes. I named them all “Spike” and once I saw a baby, no more than 1/2 inch, perfectly fully formed.

23 06 2022
Martha Kennedy

California chaparral…my brain hurts from the hearings…

23 06 2022
TJ

Spike – I love it. 🙂 I saw one of those super tiny baby ones last year.

23 06 2022
lovewildmustangs

fascinating little creature.

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23 06 2022
TJ

Little dinosaurs!

23 06 2022
Puller9

What a beauty! Wishing him/her a long and happy life.

23 06 2022
TJ

S/he probably has had a fairly long life already … at that size?! But yes, good wish. 🙂

24 06 2022
Sue E. Story

Fat and sassy and wonderful! I always love seeing these guys and this one is a beauty. I love his tongue too – cute beyond words, TJ! Wishing him or her many more days of scuttling happily across the Basin!

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