Neat Ditty About a Thermoregulating Lizard

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 10.26.03 PMHarry Bird and the Rubber Wellies is described as a nomadic folk band, and they’re based out of Dublin, Ireland and Bilbao, in the Basque Country of Spain. Maybe it’s the cold rainy climes of both those places that inspired these musicians to create a wistful song about a tropical lizard basking on a palm tree. It’s a catchy tune, so check it out.

Here are some of the lyrics from the song:

“When Sun come out / Out come the lizard / Lazing around / And a’flicking her tail/ When Sun go home / Home go the lizard / Till the Sun come out again.”

“See the way she slide / My, what a lizard! / She got so many beautiful scales / She the way she shine.”

“Oh she’s catching flies / That greedy lizard / Her long sticky tongue / Doesn’t make any sound / She gets pomegranate / Out of the cupboard / That’s the way to wash them down.”


About Martha Muñoz

Martha is a postdoctoral researcher in Sheila Patek's laboratory at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she studyied the evolutionary ecology and thermal physiology of anoles, focusing on the cybotoid anoles from the Dominican Republic. Martha serves as Conference Editor for the Anole Annals. Website:

3 thoughts on “Neat Ditty About a Thermoregulating Lizard

    1. If I only I had known about this song then! I’m pretty sure that this bit: “When Sun come out / Out come the lizard … When Sun go home / Home go the lizard / Till the Sun come out again” pretty much sums up my dissertation.

  1. Glad to see Harry Feathered Lizards & the Rubber Wellies getting their due. If it wasn’t for that long sticky tongue bit, you could almost make it about anoles!

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