Anansi and Lizard
Anansi and Lizard 1
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

Hare and Hyena


Bushbuck's Husband

Never trust Anansi – there is always a catch to everything he says or does.

Anansi and Lizard is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


While hunting with his friend Lizard, Anansi the spider spots Hyena and Leopard in the distance. He suggests to Lizard that they try to steal some of Hyena and Leopard's meat, and the two creep closer to see that the predators have caught a crocodile.

A few minutes later, Lizard approaches Leopard and tells him that a crocodile tastes better if its teeth are painted. Leopard wonders how he can paint the crocodile's teeth, to which Lizard suggests that he let Anansi do the painting. Though displeased, Leopard agrees to let Anansi paint the crocodile's teeth while he and Hyena chat.

While in the midst of painting, Anansi tells Hyena and Leopard that they are speaking too loudly and suggests that they go into the forest to collect firewood. After the two depart, Anansi and Lizard devour the entire crocodile and hide in the forest. It is not long before Hyena and Leopard return to their kill and find that it has been eaten by their supposed allies.

Furious, the two comb the brush for the thieves until they find them, after which they tie the two up until a decision can be made about their fate. Anansi falls before Leopard and begs to be punished, suggesting that he and Lizard be thrown into a crack in the earth where they will starve to death. Leopard agrees to this suggestion, and Hyena throws the two into a crack in the earth. However, this is where lizards and spiders like to be, so the two only have to wait for Hyena and Leopard to leave before they escape and go about their day.