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    Intelligence in reptiles

    I certainly don't want to upset any beardy lovers especially as they hold a special spot for me,BUT I have noticed now that I have Frilled neck dragons that frillies are actually more intelligent than beardies.
    When a beardy loses sight of a bug he loses interest;BUT when a frilly loses sight of a bug he actually thinks about it and will intercept the bug around the other side of the obstacle . I have seen this happen several times so I know it's not a one off.
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    Frillies would run faster than heardies so would need higher intelligence. Turtles aren't really smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by briansworms View Post
    Frillies would run faster than heardies so would need higher intelligence. Turtles aren't really smart.
    Hey Brian,it's more than just speed; It is knowing that there is another way to get to the food.I have watched them go around the other side of the log to intercept, something beardies wouldn't do.I'm certainly not putting beardies down, I love the little guys;but I have to take notice of what happens.
    Last edited by dragonlover1; 26-05-2018 at 09:20 PM.
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    I believe all reptiles are extremely smart. Personally i find bearded dragons vary in smartness. ( just my opinion). Over the years i have found some are not, or seem , not very smart... more "cheeky/ sneaky " than anything.... but i have also had some VERY smart ones. Ones that i could teach tricks to and ones that show high levels of intelligence. I guess they are kinda like people! I used to live on acreage , that had a large amount of frilled necks living there. They were super quick and always out smarted vistors who "tried" to catch them. It's an interesting topic for sure .

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    It's a shame more research doesn't go into this but the issue, as usual, is $$$. The Lizard Lab at Macquarie Uni (http://whitinglab.com/?page_id=22) is one of the few looking at aspects of intelligence in reptiles. I have to say my beardie gives up pretty quickly if a cricket disappears but I don't know if this is related to intelligence or to her desire to conserve energy (that is, being lazy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by laabel View Post
    I have to say my beardie gives up pretty quickly if a cricket disappears but I don't know if this is related to intelligence or to her desire to conserve energy (that is, being lazy).
    Or maybe it's EXTREMELY intelligent, knowing that a human is going to do all the hard work and hand feed her.....just like the Roman Emperors, being hand fed grapes....

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    Lol. I love that idea, and honestly that's what my beardie does. He won't eat unless I put the bug right in front of him, and if it runs away, it's my job to catch it. When he was younger he used to chase after them, but he's getting old, so maybe it's just laziness. I also agree with beardylover. I have seen some really smart beardies and some...not so much.

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