I have a five-year-old female I have a five-year-old female iguana that is acting in a way that I have not seen before, and I am not certain what to think.
I will attempt to be a specific as I can with background information from the last week or two...
Last Sunday I noticed that she was favoring her front right leg… We went to the vet ( our regular herp vet) for diagnosis. X-rays and a physical manipulation of the arm in question were performed and no sign of broken bones was visible. However the vet did mention that my iguana seemed to exhibit some sensitivity when her elbow joint was manipulated. The vet also commented on how good her bone mass looked, and with this information concluded that my iguana had a soft tissue injury to her right arm that would heal with rest and limited climbing activity.
After the appointment I made adjustments to my iguana's habitat in an attempt to make climbing easier for her.
In the past few days since our appointment she seems to be moving around better and is only slightly favoring her are we at this point.
However I have now observed that she is swishing her tail back-and-forth rapidly as if it is bothering her… I am aware that rapid tail swishing can often be a sign to back off but she seems to be doing this even when no one is around. I cannot tell if these tail shakes are voluntary or not ( although I think they are because she seems to do it when I touch her tail or when it brushes against something in her enclosure).
I don't see any breaks in the tail, any swelling, or any shriveling of the tail that would indicate injury. I also have not seen her do anything that might have caused damage to her tail ( and I have been watching her like a hawk since the limping started).
At this point I am just not certain what to think. We have a vet appointment for this Monday, but I thought I would try to get an idea of what people think this might be.
Thanks for reading and any responses