Reptiles. So many misconceptions and thoughts of evil upon them. To lizards being evil, to alligators attacking for no reason and etcetera, people do not get that lizards and other reptiles have feelings, too. As a Herpetology expert, it sickens me to see alligator- and lizard-skin bags and belts. People torture turtles just to make food and get their scutes and shells. Sick, isn't it? Thought reptiles had no feelings? Well, you're wrong. Reptiles certainly do have feelings. They can feel sadness, stress, anger, and hurt just as we can! Yet we think we can take advantage of them! There is this one lizard, the shingleback skink, that has a mate for life. These lizards mourn for days after their partner's death. See? Also, if you have ever seen an alligator, you would probably run for you life and scream your lungs out. Well, the misconception about crocodilians is FALSE. These giant lizards only harm us if we stress them out or if they are hungry. Yeah, I have a feeling I'm gonna get opposing opinions shoved in my face, but I don't care about your opinions. So, in a nutshell, it's harder to get an alligator to bite you than it seems. But please don't try to go near one. Also, people make this dish called turtle soup. Tbh, it sickens me. Not only what they do to the turtles, but how some people torture these creatures. See how these innocent turtles don't get to live to see tomorrow? It's sick. Just sick.
So, here are some misconceptions about reptiles:
1. Alligators just bite out of the blue.
2. All reptiles are dirty. (Why do people think this? Reptiles are clean animals.)
3. Reptiles are lazy. (They bask to keep their bodies warm. Also, most reptiles are decently fit.)
4. Lizards are slimy. (They are actually quite soft!)
5. Reptiles are evil. (No, humans are evil.)
6. Lizards only eat meat. (Iguanas eat mainly fruits and veggies. So do crested geckos!)
7. Reptiles are a mistake. (0.0 you should be ashamed!)
8. All reptiles are land animals. (This one is RIDICULOUS!!!!! Have you ever heard of turtles?)
9. Reptiles are emotionless. (Now every living reptile hates you if you think this.)
10. Reptiles are demons. (No, goblin sharks are. They're creepy. Reptiles are cute. Yes, even crocodilians.)
Post your misconceptions in the comments!