Can you train a lizard?

A simple demonstration of the learning ability of a monitor lizard.

I should note that the monitors are only out for relatively short periods of time and usually signal when they want to return to bask (when their body temperature drops from ~36C to 32C) by walking up to the front of the enclosure, looking up at the glass and tongue flicking, at which point I lift them back in.

50 Comments

  1. Patrick Lenigan on January 7, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    They are so adorable

  2. overseer420 on January 7, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    That is awesome. and both of them are gorgeous animals 🙂

  3. transformabrick on January 7, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I’ve got a crested gecko hoping one day to get 2 of these

  4. Scobragon on January 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    What cuties.

  5. Cristian Gutierrez on January 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Yah reptiles are not slow they might move wonky but they’re smart like their relatives the reptilians

  6. bean icosahedron on January 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    STONKS
    -meme man

  7. Hamza Ramzan on January 7, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I dont know why but reptiles could look out off a window for hours

  8. ꧁꧂ on January 7, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    me I think you would can trained also dinosaur

  9. Alex Parsa on January 7, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Hey how do you stop your lacys to bite or hiss or whip or projectile you know onto you. I’ve got a big male lacy and he always does these things whenever he’s handled. Any tips for me?

  10. aku pog on January 7, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    scale dog

  11. deqnq on January 7, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    he looks like a good boy

  12. Don James on January 7, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    my bearded dragon knows his name comes when called he’ll even follow me around the back yard. i started training him when he was really young. he figured out alot on his on. he’ll bob his head when he wants out

  13. Meme Dragon on January 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    How are your sons.
    are they still doing your taxes

  14. gameknight on January 7, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    What Alex is thinking when he waves”these are not the droids your looking for”

  15. Sickayda Paranormal on January 7, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    so you basically taught them to wave to you, HEY! OVER HERE!!

  16. Anonymouse on January 7, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    What breed is this?

  17. brunocoronel123 on January 7, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    ta lizardo

  18. Kai Palmer on January 7, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    My bearded dragon just runs into walls

  19. Ghost Jr on January 7, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I’m late to the video but I find it extremely interesting.

  20. Pax Snow on January 7, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    Cute

  21. Luci. 1 on January 7, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Off topic but that monitor is absolutely gorgeous

  22. ramza813 on January 7, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Nile Monitors are satan with a longer tail!

  23. Manek Iridius on January 7, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Yes.
    Saves six minutes.

  24. Chad on January 7, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    This was in my recommended for whatever reason and now I think I’m in love with this channel

  25. TehZee on January 7, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    I honestly didn’t know they had this capacity for intelligence..

  26. Azhag Dark on January 7, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Monitors are smarter than cats. Tegus are smarter than monitors.

  27. Christen Solomon on January 7, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Check out "Joseph Carter the Mink Man" he trains minks to hunt vermin but started training a Monitor to hunt vermin as well.

  28. Boshikage Bira on January 7, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    “Reptiles are often seen as slow dim witted animals”
    Have you ever seen bearded dragons running into walls?

  29. Dev free on January 7, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    That Lizard raising his hand is the cutest shit I’ve ever seen 😂🥰

  30. Nevaeh Chanski on January 7, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I think considering the reptile signed for you to open the cage, I’m pretty sure they trained you

  31. Marnix Berkemeijer on January 7, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    so u thought them how to wave haha

  32. Clarence on January 7, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    i cant pin your accent

  33. Peter G on January 7, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Really interestign stuff. I’ve noticed something vaguely similar with my Royal python. Generally I think he’s pretty stupid, but when he’s hungry he sits in his Viv in a certain position with most of his body out of a hide and his head elevated on a log. I fed him once when he did this out of coincidence, but after a few months I now clearly see this as him signalling that he’s hungry, and he waits there to be fed.
    Signalling might be the wrong word, it might be just as likely that he understands that food appears more when he’s in that area compared to other areas, which would be useful behaviour for hunting in the wild. But it’s interesting nevertheless, especially coming from a snake, all of whom are considered less intelligent that lizards

  34. Nicholas Brown on January 7, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful pair of lizards you have! Simply stunning, and so clever too!!! 😍

  35. josh johnson on January 7, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    weird looking dogs, still cute though

  36. SHUN on January 7, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Lizard #1: Honey I think we got this human trained pretty well.
    Lizard #2: Yeah keep it up babe!

  37. Randomfellow on January 7, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Hello person who got this in their recommendations!

  38. JTB Reptiles on January 7, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Incredibly well done – engaging, straight to the point and a thoroughly enjoyable video. Definitely innovative and one of the best reptile videos I’ve watched for a very long time!

  39. Mly The Mly on January 7, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    cute dog

  40. Bongeler on January 7, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Did you train him? ……….Or did he train you….?

  41. Won On 1 on January 7, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Mink Man has entered the chat…

  42. Shady Brady on January 7, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Plot twist… The lizard is actually a genius, and he returns back to his enclosure to tell his lizard friend about how he’s trained a human to let him out of the enclosure.

  43. Dennis M. on January 7, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Yes, one of them was even trained to found facebook.

  44. theuncalledfor on January 7, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Except for bearded dragons. Apparently those really are that stupid.
    Or so I heard, anyway.

  45. Aiman Hafeez on January 7, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    "daddy let me out , im bored!!!"

  46. Hold up Its Zaid on January 7, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Reptiles are very smart, I have a Russian Tortoise who learned that he cant go through glass, waits at the food plate when he sees food and even memorized the layout of my house.

  47. Eat All Snakes on January 7, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Instructions unclear- got trapped inside my lizard’s home and he took my car keys need help

  48. Julian Santiago on January 7, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    I mean Hiccup did it

  49. Codey Fox on January 7, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    I love your lizards and I would die for them

  50. Ethan Loureiro on January 7, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    The only creatures I thought of as “dumb” or “stupid” were common fish and bugs.

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