Do Lizards Dream?

I’m going to say, “Yes” to that question. Here’s why.

They hardly move, if at all, during the night!!

Just look at those faces and pretty eyes! It’s quite possible they dream!

*Above photos courtesy of :

Tina Nord gr. Iguana
Tom fisk
Francesco Ungaro


Lil’ Murph had a busy day outside. He is heading toward “La-la lizard land”.

When I don’t move while sleeping, I nearly never remember my dreams. Yet, later during sleep, I have odd dreams when I begin to ooze back into this dimension from wherever I traveled during slumber.

Some dreams become actual events, or partly. Other times, I meet new people & wish I knew them here – weird stuff, Then, there are some sleepy-time stuff that has happened, you may not believe me if I told you!! I also dream of people & animals to whom I was or am connected.

Then again, there are those dreams of the elephant in the bedroom, my eating a random Cuban sandwich, flying while tethered, and a fan flying off the ceiling! Who knows what’s up with those?!

It makes me wonder if animals’ dreams can be similar. If so, we may never know if they remember them. Sometimes all communication is silent inside my dreams. It is taking place telepathically. From some nightmares I’ve woken myself with yelling, but didn’t actually hear it in my mind beforehand! Once, I dreamt Copper came to cuddle 13 days after she died. I woke up smiling. It was so real. I dreamt of my Mom & woke myself from a giggle. I know someone who claims she does not dream in color! What could the dream world be like for animals?! We already know dogs twitch & bark when they dream. We all know animals can sense things, do they have premonition dreams too? Do they dream of us? Do they hear? Do they have lucid dreaming or awaken from the sheer nonsense of a dream, like I did about that ceiling fan? Just maybe they dream in colors we have never seen!!

Lizards, birds, octopuses and even bees have newly found intelligences & compassion that have way surpassed expectations!

Animals & we are a lot alike, We are not entirely different. They often thrive on companionship, love, freedom & peace to ponder or play.

Which brings me to a point. When I have awakened my Bearded Dragons & Green Iguana, I can see them stirring back to consciousness. I am aware, before they open their eyes, they are coming back to this reality as I look at their closed & cute eyelids. Eventually, they peek at me sleepily & I greet them softly. It is as though they traveled far & to other dimensions, as I seem to do when I sleep.

Many lizards are intelligent and similar to us in some ways, I wanted to look further into the question at hand!

So, what does happen during the night in those cute little lizard heads? Here’s what I found:

The following 2 paragraphs are published at Please visit there to read the full article, but, here’s a summary.:

… scientists long thought that only land mammals and birds experienced two separate sleep states: slow-wave sleep and REM, or paradoxical, sleep. The latter, associated with dreaming, is a complex phase during which the body exhibits behaviors in limbo between those of sleeping and waking hours.

A study whose findings were published by Science in 2016 focused on the bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and demonstrated that this lizard also entered two distinct sleep states. It further hypothesized that such sleep states originated in a common ancestor of mammals and reptiles, 350 million years ago.

Cool, huh?!

I knew it before I read it. : )

My questions remains, however. Do they dream the same as we, do they remember dreams and for what length of time? The world may never know.

If you or someone you know wants to rescue or already have a sweet lizard, but don’t know what to do next, please visit the following linkEverything You Need To Have A Lizard. If you need an enclosure immediately, look here for an idea: Choosing A Home …. Nearly every reptile requires the sun’s light to survive. I encourage you to read here for ideas to keep your lizard healthy & happy. O:-) Hoping the very best to all our friends and the gorgeous creatures that depend on us.

Enjoy Lil’ Murph below.:

He’s out.
Here’s here.
Wondering why he’s here.
Sleeping Beauty – “Nighty night, Murph.”

Can you tell Murph wants to stay here to sleep?!

Lizards are deep sleepers – oh so cute, deep sleepers. What do think? Do you believe they have dreams and remember them too?

“Give me Lizardry or give me Death!” – Dawn Renée


  1. Interesting question and… very beautyfull Comodo Dragon – I’d love to see it in natural habitat 🙂
    Greetings from Poland!

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  2. Thank you very much. They are beautiful creatures. I too would love to see one. Actually, I’d love to pet and hug one, but that may not work out very well for me. : ) Wishing you all the best from America!

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  3. All I know is an experience I had with a wild lizard a few years ago. I went out one morning to swim and found an alligator lizard had fallen into the pool. I scooped him out with the net, and he was so exhausted, he collapsed on the deck. I crouched next to him & encouraged him with a soothing voice, the way you’d talk to a child. When he recovered, he took off for the railing, where he apparently made his home. But after that, every time I came out on the deck and spoke to him in that voice, he’d run over to me–right at my feet–and bow repeatedly. (If I spoke in my normal voice, he’d run.) I don’t know much about lizards, but I took it as a sign of gratitude. The grandkids loved it so much, they’d always ask me to step out on the deck and call the lizard so they could watch him bow. Maybe some of the lizard lovers out there have a better idea why he acted that way, but I can tell you one thing: his behavior totally changed my view of the emotional depth of lizards.


  4. This is such a touching story, I am so glad you have shared it with me! I love to know each & every time a lizard has won a heart. I am amazed at this behavior on a few counts. Typically, bowing/head bobbing is a universal lizard language that is a indicative of his or her belief that they are to be dominant over another, or that an area is theirs. Clearly, this is not the case. I believe you are correct – that it is a sign of gratitude. After all, you are too large for him to declare dominance. I can only imagine it is aware of a language barrier between the two of you, that he can only express something to you through body language. All animals know the intend behind a soft & caring voice. I have seen Iguanas come when called, but nothing as tiny as an Alligator Lizard! He must have truly liked you, to not be intimidated by the presence of your grandkids – this also is amazing!
    Your grandkids got to see, because of your heart, that lizards do have personalities, and that they are sentient beings among us.


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