Lizard zoosexuality (or zoophilia): the sexual attraction to lizards   8 comments

After reading this post, it is suggested that you also read the post at the following link: http://vividrandomexistence.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/zoosexuality-should-it-be-considered-acceptable-or-not

A new form of zoosexuality is emerging: the sexual attraction to lizards (in particular, monitor lizards). This attraction is a subcategory of herpetosexuality or herpetophilia, which is a sexual attraction to reptiles in general. As demonstrated by an article on the ZooWiki, large monitor lizards (such as the Nile monitor) are the lizards that herpetosexual zoosexuals are attracted to the most.

Generally speaking, the “large monitor lizard” family includes various species, including the Nile Monitor, Water Monitor and Komodo Dragon. They are the largest living (extant) non-crocodilian reptiles alive today. In terms of exotic pet ownership, the ownership of crocodilians is usually banned, whereas the ownership of lizards is usually not (although the Komodo Dragon IS usually not allowed to be kept as a pet).

Again, as with other herpetophilia-related subjects such as crocodile zoosexuality, I must ask the question of whether sexual activity involving lizards is ethical. Unlike mammals, reptiles such as lizards do not form emotional bonds the same way mammals do. So then I ask this question: is it ethical for a human to have sex with a monitor lizard, even if that lizard only “tolerates” the sex and neither enjoys nor dislikes it?

From a utilitarian perspective (a perspective adopted by philosophers such as Peter Singer), there is nothing wrong with having sex with a monitor lizard, so long as no harm occurs; and that is the question. With large animals like horses, such human-horse sexual interactions are clearly acceptable under this philosophy — for example, even if a horse has a neutral opinion regarding sexual encounter with a human, the fact that the horse is larger than the human automatically means that physical “abuse” is less likely to occur to the horse; in fact, as the 2005 Kenneth Pinyan incident proves, humans are often more likely to be injured in such activity, not the horses.

If one accepts the fact that it is OK for a lizard to “tolerate” a human-lizard and not have any strong feelings about it, then the question is of whether lizards are physically compatible with humans. As stated in a prior post, the smaller the animal is, the less ethical the activity becomes. Based on maximum adult growth, it is reasonable to assume that fully-grown Nile monitor lizards, Nile monitor lizards and Komodo Dragons would be large enough to accommodate human genitalia; however, sexual activity with any lizards of a smaller size would and should be considered unethical, due to the likelihood of harm occurring and the lack of anatomical compatibility between humans and small lizards.

According to people on Internet forums, the majority of lizard-oriented zoosexual encounters seem to involve male humans penetrating monitor lizards; there seem to be fewer human females who are lizard zoosexuals. However, when it comes to general herpetophilia and herpetosexuality (i.e. all reptiles), the gender difference in unclear. Herpetophiles sometimes fantasize about sexual encounters with dinosaurs. Remember that birds ARE dinosaurs, so technically a person who is sexually attracted to a bird (such as an ostrich) is also sexually attracted to a dinosaur. In the future, with advances in technology, it may be possible to “reverse-engineer” a bird so that it has more dinosaur-like features, such as teeth and a tail.

Ultimately, it is important to remember that not all sexual activity involving non-human animals is cruel/abusive. In other words, it is not intrinsically wrong for a person to have sex with a being who happens to be of a different species. Zoosexual activity can occur ethically. With this in mind, it is important for a person to refer to the The ZETA Rules — it is a list of principles which is essentially a code of ethics and guide to ethical behavior regarding zoosexuality.

People who adhere to the ZETA Rules would probably be OK with interspecies sex involving large monitor lizards, but they would probably say that ANY potential discomfort, harm or injury should be avoided — they would also say that the welfare and well-being of the lizard should be more important than the human’s well-being (in other words, treating lizards as morally equal to humans, and with their own rights). So long as the interspecies sex is non-harmful and non-abusive, it is not unethical.

8 responses to “Lizard zoosexuality (or zoophilia): the sexual attraction to lizards

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. All I can say is a human had better have a really good relationship with a monitor lizard or you may end up as lunch. Only a zoosexual would have the ability to befriend a lizard like that. I saw with a human that had sex with a large alligator. Therefore It could be done with one of those lizards. His food bill would be high however. Highly recommenced that he be well feed.

  2. Pingback: Zoosexual links « Vivid Random Existence

  3. Pingback: See you later alligator: A beginner’s guide to herpetophilia « drmarkgriffiths

  4. if the human loves his large lizard or dragon then sooner or later the bond will lead to mating and as long as it is kept clean and fool care is given to the animal then let them enjoy. word of warning to the herpzoo keep your mouth shut or it wont be the reptile that takes your life.

  5. I know what you mean. The human animal that has rejected Jesus out of them is the most dangerous animal on this planet to others, and to their own soul.

  6. Pingback: Zoosexuality: should it be considered acceptable? | Vivid Random Existence

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 36 other followers

%d bloggers like this: