It seems like a cat and a lizard in one room is a perfect recipe for disaster. These reptiles are tiny, they move, and they are living things, which make them easy prey for most felines who haven’t entirely given up on their wild instincts.

Surprisingly, from what you can see in this rather intense compilation from Bored Panda right down below, things are not that easy. Cold-blooded lizards are not surrendering to four-legged hunters any time soon. And on the contrary, lizards and cats sometimes do make a perfect friendship.

The dynamic of such friendliness is, in fact, so complicated and all, I can’t do much other than leave you with the quote: “there’s only one step from love to hate.” From felines who are convinced they’re lizards, to lizards holding onto their chin for like, an eternity, these are some of the most dramatic encounters that blur the line between what we call an enemy and a best friend.

#1

My Colleague Made This Photo. Crouching Cat, Hidden Lizard

My Colleague Made This Photo. Crouching Cat, Hidden Lizard

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Jill
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3 months ago

This pic needs upvotes just for the caption!

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#2

Two Unlikely Best Friends

Two Unlikely Best Friends

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Melissa Hill
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3 months ago

I shall call him Squishy and he will be mine and he shall be my squishy

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#3

My Cat Pretty Much Adopted My Rescue Lizard As Her Weird Scaly Kitten And The Two Are Inseparable. They Have Naps Together, Spy On The Neighbors Through The Window Together And Just Generally Hang Out Together Every Chance They Get

My Cat Pretty Much Adopted My Rescue Lizard As Her Weird Scaly Kitten And The Two Are Inseparable. They Have Naps Together, Spy On The Neighbors Through The Window Together And Just Generally Hang Out Together Every Chance They Get

They have naps together, spy on the neighbors through the window together and just generally hang out together every chance they get. (All interactions are 100% supervised).

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neonn_pieee
Community Member
3 months ago

Aww the little lizards eyes are all closed. They're so precious!

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To find out for once and for all whether cats and lizards are meant to be friends or enemies, we reached out to Rachel Geller, a certified cat behavior specialist and author of the book “Saving the World, One Cat at a Time: What I Know About Cats - And Why You Should Know It, Too.”

Even if cat and lizard encounters may look funny to humans, we should remember that “Cats have a prey drive that can be triggered by something that moves fast, and lizards move fast,” Rachel warns. She adds that “a cat may see the lizard as prey or something to play with,” and this can be dangerous for both the lizard and the cat.

#4

Stalking Lizards Is Tiring Work

Stalking Lizards Is Tiring Work

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Eh, plop.

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#5

My Friend's Cat Playing With The Lizard

My Friend's Cat Playing With The Lizard

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The cat is adorable, but that can't be too comfortable, having a lizard clamped to its lower lip.

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#6

Rare Moment Captured This Morning As Our Cat (Who Is Very Shy) Booped Our Bearded Dragon (Who Is Always Sleeping Under His Rock)

Rare Moment Captured This Morning As Our Cat (Who Is Very Shy) Booped Our Bearded Dragon (Who Is Always Sleeping Under His Rock)

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Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

Henlo fren!

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First of all, “it can be lethal for a lizard to be bitten or scratched by a cat.” On the other side, “lizards can be toxic to cats if the cat eats the lizard, but even if he touches or plays with the lizard.”

Rachel explained that “many lizards carry parasites that can cause digestive problems in cats and harm the gallbladder or liver” so badly that it may pose a threat to the feline's life. If that wasn’t enough, cats can also get salmonella from eating a lizard.

#7

My Cat Thinks He's A Lizard...

My Cat Thinks He's A Lizard...

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Kate Swartz
Community Member
3 months ago

Awe not bothered with the lizard just wants the good heat lamp nap

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#8

Fat Eli & Ron The Dragon

Fat Eli & Ron The Dragon

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

So, whose birthday is it?

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#9

My Friend's Bearded Dragon Likes To Cuddle With Her Two Cats

My Friend's Bearded Dragon Likes To Cuddle With Her Two Cats

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The dragon knows where to go for warmth. The kitty in the first photo is actually hugging it. It's so sweet.

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The cat behavior specialist advises everyone who wants to keep both a lizard and a cat to keep them in totally separate and secure rooms. Glass tanks may not protect the cat from getting in, because “cats have been known to figure out how to get in there and capture their prey.”

Once a cat's prey drive is stimulated, and remember that they’re natural-born hunters, Rachel says, they will figure out a way to get to the lizard. Unfortunately, that’s just not for the better for either of them.

#10

Took My Bearded Dragon To A Clinic I'm Interning At

Took My Bearded Dragon To A Clinic I'm Interning At

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

They're matching colours!

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#11

My Friends Just Posted This Pic Of Their Kitty And Their Bearded Dragon

My Friends Just Posted This Pic Of Their Kitty And Their Bearded Dragon

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jane holland
Community Member
3 months ago

Really nice colors in this picture.

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#12

My Cat Brought Me A Lizard

My Cat Brought Me A Lizard

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Gillbella
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty sure that is a tiny dinosaur

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 months ago

Technically, every time a cat brings you a *bird*, it brings you a tiny dinosaur. :-)

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Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 months ago

Before anyone gets started, that's a green iguana. That's an invasive species. The cat is doing good work and helping nature.

Batwench
Community Member
3 months ago

That. Is such a “I am so proud hunter” tail

Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

I go diving down in the Caribbean (well, I used to before COVID-19) and the iguanas down there are bigger than cats. Saw two fighting once - it was scary!

manon M
Community Member
3 months ago

Ow i imagine the scene and yes, big scary

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CA
Community Member
3 months ago

It's an iguana. If this is South Florida, it is an invasive species and the cat did very well!

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That cat is definitely a boss!

MrTree1779
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor lizard! (Beautiful cat, though)

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
3 months ago

hoping the lizard is ok

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 months ago

You should hope it isn't. The green iguana is a threat to the native species, particularly in Florida.

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Toni Ferchak
Community Member
3 months ago

I do hope you let it go !

Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

She thinks it's a kitten. Grabbed it by the scruff!

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Wonder if the cat's really injured that lizard or if s/he has a hold of them by their 'fin'?

Ginny Swart
Community Member
3 months ago

He meant well!

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Ambitious cat

danielw
Community Member
3 months ago

the only amphibious iguanas I know of happen to live on a single tiny island with all sorts of weirdos. (Galapagos.) most like to hang out on trees and such.

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MCathenaE
Community Member
3 months ago

Tell your cat that Iguanas make bad gifts!

CA
Community Member
3 months ago

Not if this is South Florida. They are an invasive species.

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Janelle Collard
Community Member
3 months ago

"Put me down you stupid cat! This is not my yard!"

Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
3 months ago

That's impressive!

Dino Wecke
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣🤘🏼

semelina pitrone
Community Member
2 months ago

ohmygoditshuge!!!!!!!!!!

GAYGURL69PLEASE
Community Member
3 months ago

is it... dead?

Kylo Wren (Wren St. Germain)
Community Member
3 months ago

That's a frog XD

CR Harvey
Community Member
3 months ago

Kitty looks so proud.

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

I would completely die

Morgan
Community Member
3 months ago

He's taking care of you!

L.J. Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

Its his now.

Malwin Wellham
Community Member
3 months ago

That's the Geico direct salesman

Billy The Kid
Community Member
3 months ago

just being a good Samaritan and helping across the road

Antionetté Cartledge
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
3 months ago

Yikes

Katya Kong
Community Member
3 months ago

Oml that is huge

Carol Roeder
Community Member
3 months ago

Dead or alive?

DebbyC
Community Member
3 months ago

Lunch?

Maria Lorna Cusi
Community Member
3 months ago

It's her/his kitten

FridayFeels
Community Member
3 months ago

ha. the neighbors are proud that my cat can can catch a mouse. well ours can catch a lizard!

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
3 months ago

You mean baby Godzilla!

peruchipac
Community Member
3 months ago

Weezar huntah!

jevais
Community Member
3 months ago

Black is definitely beautiful. What a lizard!

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
3 months ago

Um ... wow! Impressive!

Amy Gannon
Community Member
3 months ago

Look at that tail! He’s sooo proud.

Betsy Everett
Community Member
3 months ago

that is a huge lizard

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah, that's a baby. They get 3-4 times bigger.

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Twyla Glenz
Community Member
3 months ago

Goin for a walk with my bud

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
3 months ago

was it alive???

ArhomR
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3 months ago

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manon M
Community Member
3 months ago

like a boss

Animal lover❤
Community Member
3 months ago

What a good hunter (?)

Katie S
Community Member
3 months ago

Poor little iggy! :(

Bruce Jackson
Community Member
3 months ago

This is why cats should be kept indoors. How many other native animals has this caught?

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
3 months ago

The green iguana is invasive.

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Andrew Robertson
Community Member
3 months ago

This is why you can have nature or cats but not both.

Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

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Jesus fuck, hopefully you got it to a rehabber and you used your molecular sized brain to keep your cat indoors. Shame on you.

DharmaLynne Fuller
Community Member
3 months ago

Green iguanas are an invasive species and are breeding wildly, competing with native species. Give kitty a medal and tuna. Shame on you arrogantly insulting someone in ignorance.

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#13

My Cat Has Been Looking Everywhere For This Lizard

My Cat Has Been Looking Everywhere For This Lizard

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tima
Community Member
3 months ago

now it's a fancy lacoste collar

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#14

My Bearded Dragon And My Roommate's Kitten Are Buddies

My Bearded Dragon And My Roommate's Kitten Are Buddies

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kiki m
Community Member
3 months ago

kissin cousins

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#15

The Expression On My Cat's Face Is Pure Ecstasy. Iggy Enjoys Lying On Him Because He's Fat And Warm

The Expression On My Cat's Face Is Pure Ecstasy. Iggy Enjoys Lying On Him Because He's Fat And Warm

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Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

lol! I had an iguana just like this waaay back in college and called him "Iggy", too.

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#16

My Friend's Cat Likes To Catch Lizards... This One Caught Him Back

My Friend's Cat Likes To Catch Lizards... This One Caught Him Back

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Oops!

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#17

My Cat Caught A Lizard And Had No Idea How To Proceed

My Cat Caught A Lizard And Had No Idea How To Proceed

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Jill
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretty underbelly of the lizard though.

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#18

Today’s Top News From Isolation: A Lizard Is On The Fence

Today’s Top News From Isolation: A Lizard Is On The Fence

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

The cats are lucky to have such a nice backyard.

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#19

Lizard Likes Warm Surfaces, Cat Likes His Back Scratched - Some Problems Solve Themselves

Lizard Likes Warm Surfaces, Cat Likes His Back Scratched - Some Problems Solve Themselves

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This is definitely a symbiotic relationship.

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#20

A Lizard Caught My Cat

A Lizard Caught My Cat

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Jill
Community Member
3 months ago

Who caught whom here?!?

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#21

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

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Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

You think that lizard would stay more hidden. It already lost its tail.

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#22

There's Something About Lizards And Cats Together That Makes Me Turn Into A Little Girl

There's Something About Lizards And Cats Together That Makes Me Turn Into A Little Girl

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averageperson
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3 months ago

Especially ones as cute as that.

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#23

Shhhh... Be Quiet Cat, We're Hunting Bugs

Shhhh... Be Quiet Cat, We're Hunting Bugs

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

What a lovely photo of a beautiful friendship.

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#24

Lizard Spotted

Lizard Spotted

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
3 months ago

Every day of my cats life. She must be convinced life outside the screen is magical

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#25

This Is Why Cats Shouldn't Play With Lizards

This Is Why Cats Shouldn't Play With Lizards

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Kate Swartz
Community Member
3 months ago

What a good kitty, mine would have ripped it off his face and destroyed it

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#26

So A Lizard Got In The House

So A Lizard Got In The House

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

What should we do with this miniature dinosaur?

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#27

Just My Cat Cuddling With My Iguana

Just My Cat Cuddling With My Iguana

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That iguana is a beast!

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#28

Someone Asked Me To Post This Picture Of My Three Cats Here, I’m Not Sure Why

Someone Asked Me To Post This Picture Of My Three Cats Here, I’m Not Sure Why

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Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

the stoopid hooman let me infiltrate this base muhahaha

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#29

My Cat Tried To Eat A Lizard So The Lizard Tried To Eat Him Back

My Cat Tried To Eat A Lizard So The Lizard Tried To Eat Him Back

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess that's fair.

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#30

Eating Lunch Together

Eating Lunch Together

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Jeremy
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

The lizard doesnt seem so excited watching this go down

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#31

Here Is A Lizard On A Cat

Here Is A Lizard On A Cat

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suze magoo
Community Member
3 months ago

Giddyup, my steed.

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#32

Cat vs. Lizard

Cat vs. Lizard

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
3 months ago

Yoga Cat in Lizard Pose

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#33

“Undivided Attention” Brought To You By A Small Lizard On The Bathroom Window

“Undivided Attention” Brought To You By A Small Lizard On The Bathroom Window

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Reagan J
Community Member
3 months ago

Tiny lizard

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#34

Turned Around For One Minute While Walter Was Out Running Around And He Got Himself All The Way Up The Door. He Is Such A Character. Minky The Cat Was Jealous

Turned Around For One Minute While Walter Was Out Running Around And He Got Himself All The Way Up The Door. He Is Such A Character. Minky The Cat Was Jealous

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Michelle Line
Community Member
3 months ago

A lizard named "Walter." I love it!!!

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#35

My Cat Loves Her Buddy. She Constantly Wants To Play And He'll Be No Part Of It

My Cat Loves Her Buddy. She Constantly Wants To Play And He'll Be No Part Of It

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Tor Rolf Strøm
Community Member
3 months ago

When pets pet pets

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#36

Baby Bearded Dragon And Cat, Should I Keep Them Apart?

Baby Bearded Dragon And Cat, Should I Keep Them Apart?

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, until lizard is bigger and a little harder to kill.

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#37

They Want That Lizard Soooo Bad

They Want That Lizard Soooo Bad

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Flare
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3 months ago

Chaos in 3.......2.....1......

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#38

Lizard Gets Pushed To The Edge And Attacks My Cat

Lizard Gets Pushed To The Edge And Attacks My Cat

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Ouch, right in the nipple!

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#39

Cat Playing With A Lizard

Cat Playing With A Lizard

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averageperson
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooh, the cat's got his claws out...

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#40

When You Catch Dinner, But Dinner Catches You Back. The Lizard Bit The Cats Lip For Over 5 Mins

When You Catch Dinner, But Dinner Catches You Back. The Lizard Bit The Cats Lip For Over 5 Mins

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Flare
Community Member
3 months ago

Is it just me, or are the majority of the pictures just basically this?

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