I had an iguana who thought he was a mammal, and his best friends were a dog and a cat.
“Unknowable” and I have been chatting about reptiles, and how they’re wired very differently from mammals. Bear in mind that I have virtually no experience with snakes. My mother drew the line at having snakes in the house. But I have loads and loads of experience with lizards and turtles, and I think I understand them better than most.
Here are some differences between them and us. *Reptiles don’t play. Their idea of a good time is a nap. *Actually, that’s about the only major difference I can think of. Reptiles are like other living things: to every rule, there are exceptions.
Here are some similarities between us and them. *Reptiles can be tamed: they respond well to care and kindness. *As pets, they learn to do things that they would never learn to do in nature. *You have to remember that they, like us, are individuals. Putting two turtles in the same aquarium is no guarantee of peace; nor does it guarantee war. Maybe they’ll hit it off. Maybe they won’t. *The longer they live, the more than learn.
Yes, they are different from us mammals. That’s what makes it so satisfying when you find common ground with your lizard or your turtle. When that shy, skittish painted turtle stretches out his neck so you can scratch his chin, or that big lizard you’ve had for ten years seeks out your lap as his favorite snoozing spot… well, you’ve achieved something. Don’t let anyone tell you different.