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    Default Do reptiles have bonds with thier owners?

    Everyone knows that mammals (dogs, cats, pigs, horses etc...) and humans can develop strong bonds of affection. Some protect their owners and trust them as if they were the same species. Do you think reptiles develop bonds with their owners?? Or do they simply just associate you with food and just tolerate being handled? I have never heard of a reptile exhibiting a bond or sense of loyalty. Dont get me wrong, I think reptiles are some of the most cunning and smartest animals on the planet. I recently got a juvenile leopard gecko 4 weeks ago and a juvenile albino corn snake 3 days ago. My gecko is absolutely terrified of me and hates being touched. My corn snake on the other hand lets me cup her in my hands and hold her and hasn't bit me yet. I love my two reptiles so much and enjoy taking care of them and watching them feed (even though I havent fed my snake yet tomorrow will be her first feeding!) But anyway what im trying to say is... Do you think your pet reptile recognizes you more than anyone else?? or your just the hand that feeds them and simply tolerates you

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    As much as we would like to believe otherwise, no. Reptiles are
    only able to make very basic associations of behaviour, they can
    not "bond" with a human.
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    It would be cool if they did but I don't think they have the intellect to do so. Not saying they are "dumb"...well you know what I mean...I guess. Haha...

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    i think they can just recognize danger or not, not really develop too much compassion but rather just get used to it

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    I think they come to recognize you as a source of food and end up trusting you if you handle them enough but I don't think they bond with their owners like a cat or a dog would. I do know my geckos will come to my hand alot of the time when I put in in their tank and completely ignored my boyfriend's, so I'm guessing they can remember the "scent" of whoever handles them on a daily basis.
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    I think they learn and are conditioned to trust humans.

    ..I think that's as far as it goes, though. They don't possess the emotional capacity.

    I just read, however, that reptiles do have basic emotions such as fear, curiosity, and even loneliness. I just don't think it's on a level quite as high as that of a dog or cat.

    And consider that most reptiles are not social animals in the slightest, so why would they need to be able to "bond"?
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    I don't know...



    lol, but seriously, I don't think they develop compassion or love for their owners, but they do trust and maybe even seek attention.

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    Two of mine seem to only trust me and me alone for the most part. They've been known to bite other people unprovoked but they never do that to me. I have one that has bitten my step dad every time he puts his hand in the tank ever since he once put him in a two small mason jar while cleaning the cage when I was away at camp. My other seeks attention like crazy and will claw at the glass when she wants to be held. She may just be addicted to the body warmth of people though. I do think they make good associations with things. If there's a bond, I don't know. My one girl seems like she has a bond with me at times but I know she could just associate me with warmth, food, and attention.

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    I say they can, sure it might be a food and heat thing, but if they can see me as that, well its better than a pet rock.

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    i think so.
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