Scientists clash over how to measure animal intelligence:… Taking all that into consideration, to beat the birds, the reptiles must outdo an impressive list of recently noted accomplishments. Will the reptiles win? Match? Stay tuned?
Mammals, birds, and reptiles differ by ability but those that have been studied seem to have individual personalities within the frame of their intelligence. What they don’t have or make little use of is abstract reasoning.
Hey, if we are going to knock design out of nature, we can’t go and lay the entire burden of higher end thinking on the lizard. Either nobody is thinking or somebody is, and that somebody had better be able to.