||Red Headed Rock Agama|
||Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada|
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
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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