It may sound odd but the closer you control it against you the safer it is to handle. My method is to wrap one arm around the body and under the front arms with your fingers forked around the limbs.. pull all 4 limbs of the iguana going backward along the body it will control the iguana and for the most part eliminate the swing power of them powerful tails. I can do this on a much stronger rhino iguana just fine and he is far stronger than any green iguana. He is very tame but I exert this hanle technique so I dont get clawed up. Once I have him settled in this hold he does not resist getting away.. a highly agressive iguana will submit but still keep firm control..