Anyway, I was deeply and seriously thinking about the term ‘creatures of habit’. A lot of us don’t like things changing do we really? Not only big things, but a fair amount of small stuff too irks us if it isn’t how we expect it to be. We are humans and so it isn’t surprising, then there are our dogs, we all know they are much the same in that aspect especially when its meal or daily walk time. But what about other Aussie critters? Earlier this morning I, apparently had the audacity, to change the dish I usually serve the macropod pellets in (like guinea pig food but for kangaroos). Seriously, you would have thought I’d introduced a Tasmanian Devil into the pen judging by the reaction it caused within the kangaroo ranks.
Then, later that same morning I was walking around the Billabong Sanctuary near Townsville with an amazing young woman, totally dedicated and passionate about the animals in her care at the Billabong. She was telling me how she preferred raising young Boyd’s Forest Dragons as opposed to the ‘really emotional’ frilled lizards. Yes, even I did a bit of a double take when she said that and had to ask her what she meant. Apparently Frilled Necked Lizards throw a complete wobbler if you move anything in their pen and even sulk for a few days afterwards. Gotta say I was fairly surprised about this information, who’d ever think that, not me that’s for sure. I’m so busy trying to convince people that Kangaroos have species traits as well as individual personalities it didn’t occur to me that reptiles would be the same.
In fact I think the Frilled Lizard may even find her to be a challenge.