Monitor Lizard – Open Mouth Behavior


Submitted by: Annette Pedersen
Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark

Is it possible to train a reptile? Oh yes, we know that! BUT... how far can we go? In February, 2023 a behavior challenge came up on Facebook from Barbara Heidenreich..... "Train an open mouth behavior in 5 days!" ALL species are welcome! Several keepers at Copenhagen Zoo were interested. One of them was Kamilla Skov. She wanted to train this behavior with our male monitor lizard!?! Look how she did it and how useful it turned out to be.

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