I know Ctenosaura Similis are generally regarded as the meanest iguana, or even lizard, in existence, and when I got mine, I was ready for that. However, I am surprised that it is by FAR the nicest, tamest creature I have ever had, including lizards, snakes, mammals and even my tortoises. NEVER have I had any pet that was not only this docile, but also seeked my attention. I'm talking about all the pets I have had since I was born. Not my pets not my girlfriends, nothing has ever been this docile and attention seeking. Well I had some fish that never did anything but that's kind of hard to judge. I know someone (like Dominick ) will say "Wait till he's a 3 foot monster!", but its not exactly like I haven't raised lizards from baby status to adult before. Remember how I was going nuts over how my green iguana wanted to whip, claw and eat me alive when it was a baby? He's almost 6 feet now. And my tegu, still had a green head when I got it, is now almost 4 feet. They were both not particularly aggressive as babies but somewhat aggressive. The Ctenosaura is downright CUDDLY. He gets scared when I open the cage door and runs in his hide. But that's it. I take the hide off him and he CRAWLS onto my hand that I put next to him (nudging his belly with my fingers). He lets me put him on my hand, my stomach or chest or shoulders and he doesn't leave. When I hold him he stays still. I drop water onto my fingers and he will lap it up (although not food). He lets me check his toes and spines for retained shed without moving, and when I put him down in front of me, he looks me straight in the eyes while sitting there. Seriously, I thought he couldn't have been looking me in the eyes but I moved my head left and right and his head follows. When I move my hand, he doesn't follow. And when I pick him up again, he lets me without running. It's not like he's not active. He darts around lighting fast in his enclosure. Again, I don't want to be a smartar$3 that thinks that he is an expert because he has one ctenosaur and kept it alive for a week. But I'm here to say that not ALL ctenosauras are mean buggers.