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What is this thing? It was shown in Jabba's Palace, sitting with Jabba, and seemed like it was probably some sort of favored pet.

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Is it sentient? Does it have a name, or an identified species?

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It's Star Wars. Lucas named each creature in the Cantina, every bounty hunter on the Star Destroyer, and probably every extra at Jabba's Palace. OF COURSE the 'pet' has a name. –  Jeff Jan 9 '12 at 15:02
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To its intelligence it seems to be similar to a parrot it can respond seemingly intelligently but is limited in what it actually understands. It can know how to laugh and mimic others but does not seem to create its own ideas. –  Chad Jan 9 '12 at 15:22
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That is Salacious Crumb. To quote the Star Wars Wiki:

Salacious B. Crumb was a Kowakian monkey-lizard employed as a court jester for Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure.

And yes, Jabba the Hutt has a full name.

Regarding their sentience, the Star Wars Wiki says:

Although they had no established culture, Kowakian monkey-lizards were quite intelligent, and despite their silly, cruel nature, they were considered sentient by many sentientologists in the galaxy, although there was much debate over their possible sentience.

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So that's what a monkey-lizard is! It is way uglier than all the insults implied –  SSumner Jun 22 '12 at 17:23
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