My wife and I would greatly appreciate some assistance or advice on dealing with an aggressive male iguana.
He is about two years old. Approx.
Purchased from a private breeder.
He is a red iguana.
He's male ( Vet confirmed as did bodily features )
We live in an apartment 900 or 950SF he roams freely.
He's trained to use the cat box ( ...ya I lost that bet )
Ish 34 Inch long nose tip to tail tip
5 or 6 lbs ( Not 100% on that )
He is super super cool and doesn't care about our dog or turtle, climbs all over them and vice versa.
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Okay so We've had this iguana for over a year now. We have a super wussy dog ( mid-size if that ) and a box turtle in a glass aquarium cage thing.
The only humans he interacts with is my wife ( primary care giver ) and myself the stupid husband. We believe he started his heat in the end of November, 2015 ... it is now February 24th, 2016 ongoing. It has been a solid two months the iguana has been displaying head bobbing, fluttering, crab walking ect... all of these getting progressively worse by the day.
He has his own area ( not enclosed ) a very LARGE shelf with a ramp ( LARGE ) and two sun lights or whatever they are called... my wife knows all the stats. He totally loves to chill out there for the majority of the day and lounge. He also has his own cat tree by a very large window.. it opens with only a metal bar liner to prevent escape so he can get real sunlight.
disclaimer: I'm an iguana noob and my wife is super caring which makes for a bad combo in this situation and I'm pretty certain we took the wrong websites and persons' advice.
The Aggression itself: The iggy will sleep in till around ish noon then wake up and be super super calm lovey dovey snuggle bunny....you get the gist. He eats decently for being in heat, not as much as before but enough that he looks fat and eats daily. ( food is always available to him and water ) Around 3pm to 5pm.... that's when he goes ape!@#%. He starts off scooting closer to my wife or myself as to say hey buddy pet me. We do and then after a few pet's he stares at one of our fingers and tries to air bite... or lightly nip. We tell him "No bite!" and we stay in the location and ignore him. He typically takes the hint goes back to lounge.. for a small amount of time. Then he gets p**sy in a smooth way... he bobs head comes over to one of us... climbs on us then tries to bite our hair or shoulder. We pull him off "No bite!!" and place him on his lounge spot and go back to what we were doing. This step has now changed, now we seclude him in the bedroom where his lamp is for the rest of the evening. We typically don't go back in unless to change clothes or showering we ignore him completely ( cept water food of course ). He has as of late started to stalk and attack us between the 3pm and ish 3am when he goes to sleep. My wife has a bite next to her ear and I got to explain to everyone at work that he took a very good bite out of my face while I went to sleep early one evening.
To make sure it is clear, when going into the bedroom he will eyeball us for a few moments ( we dont make eye contact ) and he will get off his lounge spot charge at us and bite. We typically towel him and put him on the lounge and escape with our lives. ( A little pun intended )
This being said, regardless on how he acts in future we are keeping him. He is part of the family even if he is being a lil'B-hole.
So if we could get some suggestive ways to work with his aggression that would be great. We do not want him to stay like this but if it happens so be it .... we will get a large enclosure.