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New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:40 am
by saisaac
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/19/sc ... il0=y&_r=2

Pretty interesting. They didn't come up with any results that were shocking to those of us familiar with reptiles,, but it should help our understanding of their cognitive abilities as research continues.

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:33 pm
by donkeybuff
Hopefully studies like this get some of the more ignorant members of society to understand that reptiles aren't stupid, brainless creatures. I will say that I was surprised that the anoles were smart enough to lift the cap. Very interesting read!

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:41 pm
by BlueTonguesOfSA
Awesome article, I've always wanted to know more about their intelligence level. It's great that we're adapting tests that are more conducive to the learning style of reptiles. Maybe i'll try to develop some of my own.

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:00 am
by Pascal Paradis
I would be interested to know what feat our blue tongue could accomplish.

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:03 am
by Dakota
Considering they would do anything for food, I would guess a LOT.. :lol:

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:59 am
by saisaac
To me it has always made perfect sense that animals were intelligent rather than some instinct driven automatons. Anyone who has been around a number of animals can tell you that they behave in unique ways and even species known to be fairly unintellingent have basic problem solving skills. How else could these species survive for millions of years? I would love to perform some intelligence tests on Chewy, but I am pretty sure he would just tell me to shut up and give him the blueberry already :D . Clearly he is intelligent; he has me trained quite well.

Re: New research into reptile intelligence

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:22 am
by saisaac
Interesting post concerning new information about animal intelligence and brain structure in birds and reptiles:
http://jonlieffmd.com/blog/lizards-aren ... this-smart


Oh and apparently the cap study is at least a few years old and in trials the anoles performed better than birds including crows (known for their intelligence):
http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0712-hanc ... zards.html

I also found this interesting article on the social life of another Australian skink species:
http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0531-mouk ... skink.html