Tsume loves foot rubs! ☺
Regardless of whether he's in a good mood or bad, if you massage his back feet or legs he will pretty much immediately drop the head, close his eyes, and relax his limbs 😢 He's so frigging adorable.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that these animals are intellectual and appreciate attention. They are sensitive, respond appropriately to however you treat them (good or bad) and learn to trust you even without food motivation. Many lizards and crocodilians recognize faces and even voice commands. I could ramble on. What annoys me about naive people is how they chose to perceive animals that they deem low, cold, or stupid based on unreciprocated actions or feelings. A funny example of this is people who hate cats because they don't usually dance around you at once like dogs typically do. Or because they try and try to get cats to like them and just, for whatever reason, can't. Automatically to these people, cats are perceived as evil or dumb because humans will get offended over anything, even animals who dislike them 😅 But that's the thing; animals are honest. You will know right away if they are angry or afraid, love you or hate you.
Anyway, it's just sad that there are still people out there who vehemently believe that animals do not feel emotion, or even pain, simply (most likely) because there is a language barrier. Hell, some people view other humans as primitive or "less" just for not speaking the queen's english (or whatever language it is they speak). Though of course there are varying degrees of 'intelligence' among all beings (many living things on this planet don't even posses brains or even central nervous systems so take what I'm writing here with a grain of salt) reptiles in particular seem to be viewed as the most unfeeling creatures on this Earth. Religion and a basic lack of understanding is chiefly why.
The fact remains that many humans are not intelligent enough to understand just how smart animals are.
Sorry for the rambling caption, I've currently got a sizeable monitor lizard crawling on my back and he keeps sticking his claws in my ears which, admittedly, isn't my favorite feeling in the world 😂
Thank you all so much for the constant support of my page! Through Apollo I like to try my best to promote proper care and sort of debunk fake facts about Savannah monitors. Does this mean my care is perfect? Absolutely not but I'm constantly learning and I feel as though I'm continuously giving better and more educated husbandry for the betterment of Apollo and that's what's most important to me. As many know they are a very controversial and misunderstood species and I would definitely not recommend them as a pet for a first time monitor keeper. We don't know everything about them but I try to educate myself as much as possible to give Apollo a healthier and happier life and I hope that kind of message spreads to other sav owners and reptile/amphibian keepers in general but at the same time keep it fun by posting all his goofy shenanigans for others to enjoy! #savannahmonitor#lizardsofinstagram#varanus#monitorlizard#2017bestnine