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  • Mervin Low

The Lucky Blue-Tailed Lizard: Symbol of Good Fortune or Mere Myth?

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

In the picturesque town of Kokura, a chance encounter with a blue-tailed lizard left me pondering its mystical significance. Legends and beliefs regarding blue-tailed lizards suggest that they bring good luck or financial fortune. But is there any truth to these claims, or are they merely products of folklore and superstition?

This fascinating creature, scientifically known as Plestiodon japonicus, is also referred to as the Japanese skink or Japanese five-lined skink. Native to western Japan, including several islets, it thrives in various habitats such as forests and urban areas with ample sunshine. Interestingly, the blue tail is a characteristic feature of juvenile blue-tailed lizards, indicating their young age and vulnerability.

While the connection between blue-tailed lizards and good luck lacks scientific evidence, it is deeply rooted in cultural symbolism. People have long associated these lizards with positive changes in their lives, particularly in matters of finance. However, it's important to remember that these beliefs are subjective and vary across different cultures and regions.

As we reflect on encounters with blue-tailed lizards, we can appreciate the enchanting world of superstitions and the human desire to find meaning in the natural world. Whether we believe in their luck-bringing abilities or view them as mere myth, these creatures continue to capture our imagination and remind us of the wonder and magic that exists around us. So, the next time you cross paths with a blue-tailed lizard, take a moment to appreciate its beauty and contemplate the possibility of the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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