Uromastyx likes her belly rubbed
this is a fucking lizard getting her belly rubbed if you don’t think that’s the cutest shit then get out of my blog
LOOK AT ITS LIL ARMS FLAPPING AWWWWWWWW
Just a quick reminder that this is not in any way cute, and that this animal is incredibly agitated.
No ^ you cannot bash on our happiness.
This makes you incredibly ignorant.
I’m not ignorant, I just choose to accept the fact that I cannot do anything to save this lizard, so I take it at face value.
"I know this animal is in distress, but I find it funny anyways."
When people like me put little reminders on posts like this, it’s not for no reason. It’s because by spreading this, you spread misinformation that leads other reptile owners to think this behaviour is cute or funny when in actuality it is stressful and downright mean the animal. When you’ve been presented with a fact, and choose to condone it because it makes you happy at the expense of that animal’s well-being, you are indeed ignorant.
haha sorry buddy this animal isnt “in distress” tbh, the animal is actually genuinely enjoying this and was actually anticipating the belly rub
-a uromastyx, when feeling threatened/distressed, puffs up its body in defense to seem larger. as you can see, this uromastyx isnt doing that at all, and is still flat as a pancake.
-a uromastyx also uses the spikes on its tail as a weapon
-this lizard isnt doing any of that at all;
-the lizard is actually sniffing its owners fingers, just incase someone decides to say “well, she tried to bite her owners fingers!!!”
-the uromastyx turns on its back off its own accord and isnt forced on its back, it literally wanted to be pet/scratched there
what youre seeing here is actually a lizard who 100% trusts its owner enough to let her touch its belly, yknow, where the soft part is??? where all predators usually want to chow down on and where, if youre a prey animal, you dont want to expose very often unless you know its safe?? yeah
SOURCES: X / X / X
also from personal experience and care; a couple years back, id say maybe only two years ago actually, i used to have to take care of one of these lil guys for a grade in school. the teach told me everything i needed to know, all from how much food did it need to how to differentiate “i am your friend and i trust you” from “im a bit wary of you; i dont know you all that well; but thats ok” to “i dont like you at all”
i actually kinda want to own one of them tbh, but there you have it