so I caught an anole to show my mom bc she loves reptiles!
she held it gently and baby-talked a ton. it went from brown to bright green, kept closing its eyes, and even let her rub its lil’ chin while craning its neck like a cat.
it didn’t struggle, bite, or flare up. it seemed so relaxed, and eventually even chose to sit calmly on my mom’s hand like a pet.
when taken back outside, it wouldn’t leave my palm. I had to place it on the ground by hand just so the sweetpea could go home. I felt blessed.
TLDR; MY MOM IS A LIZARD WHISPERER??
((if any reptile-lovers notice negative behavior being displayed in this video, please say something!!
I want to avoid causing lizards any needless injury and/or stress!))
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Salvator tegus is their massive pterygoid muscles. These muscles are the underlying structure behind the puffy jowls. This is a video I made of Kaiju obliterating a langoustine (a small lobster), demonstrating her ability to quickly assess a strange food source and eat something that a human would have a very hard time with. Tegus are durophagous, which means they’ve evolved to eat hard things. They aren’t specialists, like their cousins the caiman lizards (who have very blunt crushing teeth, all the better to eat snails with), but their powerful jaws make them a force to be reckoned with.
This video also demonstrates my ability to ramble on for several minutes at a time about pretty much nothing.