Many folks feel that a reptile is not a real pet, like a dog or cat. Therefore, if you are the doting owner/adoptive parent(if you will) of a lizard or a turtle, others may express to you that its stupid and they don't want to hear about your cold blooded pet. After all, the general consensus is that turtles are not cuddly and they poop all over the place. And according to scientific studies, turtles are solitary creatures that do not bond with humans.

However, the socialization of animals is a interesting phenomenon. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, one of my schoolyard friends had a pet white duck in her backyard. This duck did not think it was a duck. There was turn taking with the playing, as the duck chased the children in the yard, then the children chased the duck. Then the duck jumps into one of those little red pull carts, and allows itself to be wheeled around. It looked like the duck thought of itself as one of the children, the way it carried on, quacking along with the children's delightful screams. It was an amazing sight, but then again, it was with a bird and birds are considered higher up on the animal intelligence scale.

One can learn a lot from their pets and I truly believe that each pet owner learns to distinguish the nuances of their pet's expressions, whether it be with their mouth, their eyes or the physical stance of the animal. I don't feel that anyone's pet is solely motivated by food. Food is a big factor, but that's not the only element. All good things come from the pet owner, and if that truly is the case, the pet developes trust toward the owner. In some ways, its not much different than the way a parent would develop trust with a child, in being consistently consistent in their love and care. Later...



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