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January 3, 2012

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Sorin, the Pet of the Day
Name: Sorin
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Kind: Red Headed Rock Agama
Home: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
   This is Sorin (his name coming from a Roman word meaning "sun" in reference to his bright mood-induced coloring). My boyfriend and I agreed that our house could tolerate lizards shortly after we moved in together, and within two weeks we were the owners of two adult male lizards of different species and in separate tanks. One of them died in October while we were away for a weekend, but the Red Headed Rock Agama, Sorin, is still with us and continues to entertain us and my family with his antics.

    It took me a while to get used to the whole lizard thing (I've been a cat a dog person all my life) but now I will happily let the lizard out around the house for a good part of his day. Right away we discovered that his favorite place to be (and nap!) is the very top of either the curtains on the patio doors or the curtains in the living room. In the morning we will often find him snoozing hanging from the mesh ceiling of his tank. We've also "lost" him temporarily as he prefers to sleep between the couch cushions or under furniture where we can't see him. Any time my dad comes to visit us he always requests that we let Sorin out on the patio door curtains so he can enjoy the show; Sorin never tips his head down to look at people, he always tips his head up so that he's looking way down at all the people. Dad gets a kick out of it, saying that you can just hear his little lizard brain going "I'm the king of the castle, and you're the little rascals!"

    Sorin also changes colors; most of the time he's a drab greenish blend but when he gets excited or happy or finds a good patch of sunshine he will turn really bright colors all over.

    We recently acquired an aquatic turtle, and just for the heck of it I put them both on the floor to see what they would do with each other. Sorin was extremely frustrated with her because she kept getting into HIS territory, so he skidded around after her bobbing his head and licking the floor in a display of dominance that she totally ignored. But Sorin does looooove fish. I often put my fish tank up against Sorin's 75 gallon tank because Sorin could happily spend a couple of hours either perched in his hammock or pressed up against the glass of his tank watching the fish swim back and forth. He's never made an aggressive move toward the fish, but he tips his head around to oggle them better.

    I will definitely never regret agreeing to acquire some reptilian pets. Sorin has been such an entertaining and unique addition to our little family and we enjoy every moment we spend with him :)

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