Iguana give you a pat

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

We all love warm welcomes from our pets. Dogs come wagging and cats cuddle up, but what about reptiles? Can our cold-blooded companions feel and show emotion?

Like all animals, reptiles are capable of fear and aggression. Snakes often hiss or coil up to ward off unwelcome advances, and escape is a typical fear response if a reptile wants to be left alone.

But what about bonding? Most folks who shy away from scaly, slinky creatures believe reptiles just don’t have it in them. But reptile fanciers take exception. Lizards and tortoises in particular seem to favor folks who handle and feed them. Some four-legged reptiles even relax and lean in for a pet or scurry toward their preferred person at chow time.

Your reptile may not wear its heart on its sleeve, but you might still be the apple of its eye.