Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Lizards Run For Their Lives

LOVINGTON, N.M. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One New Mexico town is celebrating Independence Day by letting the lizards loose.

This 4th of July, the 27th Annual World’s Greatest Lizard Race will take place in lizard-loving Lovington, New Mexico.

About a hundred lizards, who are tagged and numbered, will keep their bulging eyes on the prize as they race down a 16-foot track in hopes of being the fastest reptile in the bunch.

But although the races are pretty safe, there are still some real dangers amidst all the dashing.

Race founder and “Lord of the Lizards,” John Graham, explains, “The lizards at the first race got nervous and started eating each other. So we made a rule: ‘No eating your competition.”’

To help move the lizards along, trainers are allowed to tickle them with a feather, but prodding and pushing are prohibited.

And Graham takes extra precautions to keep his cold-blooded competitors out of hot water too.

He jokes, “We do drug testing on all our lizards. We make them pee in a jar.”

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