March 25, 2010
Since I hit my first prison yard in 1995, I've seen prisoners with pets. Mice, rats, squirrels, gophers, lizards, snakes, birds, cats and even various insects. I've seen hardcore convicts, gangsters and cold-blooded killers in here feeding, bathing, protecting and caring for critters. It's against the rules, but its common inside.
Over the years, I've had two birds, a toad, three tarantulas, six mice (four at one time at Santa Rita unit), a scorpion, a bat (really cool mammal that stayed in my window during the day and fed at night for two weeks), and I even had two snakes the entire time I was at Sunrise Unit as well as a big lizard with a turquoise mottled back and tail.
Recently, my cellmate and I came across a new pet. It's a Racerunner (6-line racerunner pictured above). An extremely fast lizard. He's lightning fast...for about two minutes. LOL. He now speeds around our cell all day, eats lots of bugs we serve him and sleeps safely in a warm comfy bankers box full of dirt and gravel. He's only about 14 inches long, but I hear they can get up to 20 inches long.