When confronted with a cuddly cat, the lizard simply continues to lizard.
I will never not reblog this.
That’s a severe understatement of the lizard’s relationship with that cat, though.
Most reptiles would not be that calm around that cat, since animals like cats are some of their predators. My beardie always freaked out when a cat got near him - he’d whip his tail around to smack at their face, puff himself up, and scurry away far faster than I’ve ever seen him go.
But this beardie is so comfortable with that cat that he isn’t changing his natural behavior. He knows that cat isn’t a threat, and even allows it to boop him with its (terrifyingly massive from the lizard’s perspective) head.
Reptiles are not normally comfortable with other creatures, so this lizard’s relaxed attitude is a significant show of trust.
Both of my cats tiptoe around my beardie, only getting close enough to sniff her slightly before jumping back as if she tried to bite their faces. When in reality, she doesn’t even give them the time of day.
Most of the time anyway. I do recall one time where she assumed the standard “pissed off dragon” mode that beardies do, with the flared and darkened beard, when my 3 legged cat got just a little to close.
The fact that either of these animals are that comfortable with the other says so much about their individual dispositions, and the potential for both of their species. Particularly with the beardie. People dismiss reptiles as cold or even emotionless. Looking at this, along with my own experience with reptiles, I refuse to believe that.