I would say that most herpetologists are not overly concerned with whether their reptiles like them or not. They usually have a large collection of snakes, lizards, turtles, and even frogs. They can appear well cared for on a physical level and neglected on a personal level. Reptiles are also known as “exotic pets”. The reptile trade is appalling and many people, including myself, do not support this trade. Around ninety-five percent of the animals will die due to poor transportation and insufficient care on their journey to and from different countries.
Like children, animals are a reflection of your home life, and your happiness and satisfaction will largely depend on the quality time you are willing to give them. Reptiles are very ancient creatures that go back a long way in history. All reptiles are ectothermic, so they show affection a little differently than a cat or a dog. In nature, they can almost stop your heartbeat. They have the ability to slow down your metabolism in winter to hibernate, this is also known as brumation.
I have had a lizard as a pet since he was only two weeks old, he is a happy and contented twelve year old mischievous boy. It behaves similar to a dog in slow motion. He has been tamed, for example, when I call him, he will normally respond by turning his body and looking in the direction of my voice. I need to call him by his name several times before he approaches me. Reptiles do not need to be fed daily. They can go weeks without food, especially if they are in hibernation mode. How do you know your reptile likes you?
They will feel comfortable around you. If you have built a truly successful bond, they will allow you to hand feed them without biting. This is the strongest indication that they have accepted you as their trusted friend.
When my pet wants attention, it sticks its head out of its enclosure to indicate that it wants to go for a run. You have now decided that you want to eat your shredded vegetables with a plastic spoon once a week. This unusual habit occurred after he had an operation on his abdomen two years ago to remove a fatty tumor. He waits to be spoon-fed and he knows when I am preparing food for him. You’d think he was almost a psychic.
My snake “Tilly” used to take off my glasses when she wanted my attention kissing my face similar to what a cat does. She would always choose the most awkward time to do this. I never turned her down. I loved their cold-blooded affection and was honored that my pet had allowed me to bond with them so much. Not many reptile handlers can say that they have been this close to a reptile. Building a bond of trust between you and your reptile takes time, patience, and consistency, especially with reptiles. These cold-blooded beauties have fascinated me for many years. I have seen his antics in nature marveling at his amazing ability to change color so quickly and often due to his moods and the different temperatures of the day. They are very diverse animals and well adapted to survive in the wild. As a reptile handler, I have learned that you can never have them, you share your time and the enthusiastic passion you have with them. I have a wonderful bond with my pet lizard Abbott.