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Posted by Convicts4Ever on May 14, 2003 at 13:28:04:
In Reply to: Anthropomorphism at its best! posted by Colchicine on May 14, 2003 at 10:07:39:
:I encourage you read the section under Ethology in the following link. I used the term anthropomorphizing rather loosely, describing how you were not unbiasedly describing the behavior, rather you were assigning a humorous and uniquely human label (goofy) to this non-human's behavior. People have a real problem separating cat and dog behavior from herps, who are almost exact opposites. I see too many people assigning behaviors unique to mammals to herps and it is the herp that ultimately suffers because of the misinterpretation.
Basically, you're saying that they have no emotions. I'm sorry if I called the behavior goofy, I guess that I'll treat my animals like they have no soul. So, the animal will suffer if I even TOUCH her in the sightest, huh? And also her leaning up against me when I put my hand in the tank is her way of trying to get me out of the tank and tell me to go away, huh? I have No cats, and I don't like dogs so how can I aply cat and dog behavior on my herps. Well, if you're the almighty ruler of knowing what should be the proper contact with herps, then you're saying that they should be treated like pieces of furnature instead of members of one's family. Good bye, I WON'T be back.