Tucson By Choice!: Photo of the Week: The Roadrunner & The Lizard

Photo of the Week: The Roadrunner & The Lizard

Roadrunner with lizard graces a Tucson, AZ mailbox

In the cartoons on Saturday morning, it's the Coyote who chases the Roadrunner, but ends up hungry.  "Meep! Meep!"  In the desert southwest that's my back yard, I often see both the coyote and the roadrunner within yards of each other, both intent on a meal, but neither hunting the other.

The roadrunner, in its hunt for prey, will often "put up" a rabbit in which it has no interest.  The coyote has learned this, and uses that knowledge to his benefit. 

Aren't you glad you don't subsist on snakes, lizards, scorpions and spiders?  No matter what "lizard" you're hunting for this weekend, I wish you success!


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Comment balloon 18 commentsMike Jones • August 22 2009 11:06AM


Great picture Mike.  In my neighborhood coyotes and roadrunner seem to coexist ok.  Roadrunners are fun to watch and they help control the snake population.

Posted by Bill Ladewig, Experience Is Your Advantage (LoanOfficerSchool.com) over 11 years ago

Mike, awesome pic! 

Did you notice that you have a spam comment here?  I'd delete it if I was you!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 11 years ago

I love the photo Mike!  We have coyote here but not the roadrunner.  As Rudyard Kipling would say: Good Hunting!  John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago

That's a beautiful southwestern sculpture. I used to see a few roadrunners in Henderson, but now it's just one tract home after another.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago


looks like a work of art to me, but I am not a critic! :)

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Posted by Charles McDonald®, REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Solutions) over 11 years ago


It certainly is a work of art, isn't it!  Thanks for stopping by.


They're likely still there.  Thanks for commenting.


I love Rudyard Kipling.  Thanks for the quote!


I did notice it first thing, and it's gone.  Thanks!


Thanks for being the first to comment.  I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - What a great piece of art!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike

Very interesting are work.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Hi Mike - love the photo and story.  I too see lots of these critters as we live right by North Mountain Preserve. Alwasy makes for lovely walks in the desert (well ok not so much this time of year!

Are you coming up for the Sept 2nd event?  Would be great to meet you in person!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 11 years ago

That is a cool structure or sculpture or photo? I hope you have a great weekend as well. Mine has been awesome so far!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago


It's a sculpture sitting on top of a brick pedestal which holds the mailbox.  Thanks for stopping by.


I will be there, and I look forward to meeting you!

Hey, Lou!

I always appreciate seeing you on my blog.  Thanks for commenting.


It certainly is, isn't it?!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

That's a great piece of art work. Where did you find it? I do think the coyote should have been allowed to win once in a while.

Posted by Michael Rohde (Sunstreet Mortgage LLC. Licensed Mortgage Professional) over 11 years ago


It's a mailbox post in La Reserve off Oracle, north of Pusch Ridge Academy.  I loved Wile E. Coyote!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike, great photo of a very good sculpture!  Very imaginative!


Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

This is a great picture, Mike!  Love that statue!  I've heard that lizards and bugs can be quite a delicacy in some countries.  But, rest assured, I'm not traveling to those places!  :)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike, this was an unexpected treat!  Love the sculpture and your words!  Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 11 years ago


You, too!


We used to boil & eat lizards as a kid in South America.  It's a white meat.

Tony & Darcy,

Thanks for stopping by to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

I see roadrunners every once in a while. They are fascinating birds.

Unfortunately, the only time I've ever seen a coyote is when a rancher kills it and hangs it on the fence. :(



Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) over 11 years ago

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