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I posted this on Kingsnake, but maybe I can get us talking more here. I hear stories all the time about iguanas bobbing at mirrors, even attacking the other iguana in the mirror. I’m wondering if rock iguanas are different or if it is just Kismet. She can see her reflection in the window in the evening because of the film we have on the window. But never once has she tried to bob at that window, though she does sometimes stare at herself, her head and study her reflection. I assumed that meant she wasn’t territorial since the other iggy in the window doesn’t bother her. However, she certainly bobs at Sebastian and even at the two little blues if I have them out. I’ve even seen her bob at anoles, come to think of it.

But she doesn’t bob at herself. Not ever. She gives every indication of understanding that the iggy in the reflection is herself. She is the same way with mirrors. But that is impossible, isn’t it?

She’s a funny lizard. She was a display animal at Repticon the weekend after Father’s Day and the one thing that pretty much every person who took her picture commented on is how when she sees a camera she starts to pose. She’s like a little lizard fashion model. She can’t know what it means and I always assumed it was my imagination, but she always acts this way when she sees a camera. And, when the tenth person makes the exact same comment, it makes you wonder. It doesn’t matter if the camera has flash or not. This isn’t a pose like she is distressed in anyway. You can tell the animal is enjoying the heck out of herself -- there is no indication of stress. She is, overall, a very happy lizard.



07/05/11  01:57pm

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I’m bumping this up because I thought it was an interesting topic, but no one responded.



07/31/11  08:47pm

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Hmm. You know, that’s actually very interesting. One of the main intelligence tests of an animal is to see if they can recognize their reflection, So far, only dolphins, gorillas, and I think elephants have been documented to have that trait. I guess you could tell like a herp society about it and have them tell you what they think.

Never really took a rock iguana for an intelligent animal (No offense, lol)



08/01/11  02:46am

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No offense taken. It will be interesting to see how my other lewisi responds. Maybe Kismet is just a super genius. lol



08/02/11  12:51pm

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  Message To: Really   In reference to Message Id: 2227689


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Funily enough I now i haven’t got an iggy but my chinese water dragon posses for the camera as soon as you point it at him he stops what he is doing untill you put it away



11/10/11  07:53pm


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