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Posted by uromastyx on April 20, 2003 at 12:51:49:
In Reply to: Impossible to tame wild captured TOKAYS is a MYTH posted by LizardFlorida on April 18, 2003 at 23:03:20:
My Tokays are both wild caught AND tame! They became tame after only a few months of living in captivity, I've had them both over a year now and they are extremely tame, if someone unfamiliar handles them they get agitated and struggle to get to me!
:Tokays are highly intelligent creatures, and they are adaptable to their environment. True some tokays are more aggressive than others, but the vast majority ARE tamable.
:As for captive bred, they are born biting :-)
:The keyword is their capacity to *learn*. Once they gain trust with their owner (and it could very well take a year), they learn you are not the enemy, but provider of food.
:Bottom line you have to love your tokay. They can sense it, and they respond to it.
:You have to understand their biting nature has nothing to do with being vicious, but they are small and scared of us monsters (to them we are as large as Godzilla :-)
:How would YOU feel if Godzilla picked you up