Posted by Brian on 4/10/2015, 12:48 am, in reply to "aggression"
have you had him for 8 mo or was he hatched 8 mos ago? |
Sounds a territorial aggression if it was a male in season he would have to be a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 years old before he develops. Iguanas in general are territorial creatures so if it is learning that puffing up and tail whipping you gets what it wants, then thats all you'll get. When he puffing up is your ig head bobbing?
Best suggestion... Don't be scared. You need to simply go in there and pull the bugger out its territory and into yours.. After a few minutes he should calm down. Take him out of the cage as often as you can every day and wait for it to calm down and breath nice and normal before you put it back in. Giving a few fruits like a strawberry or banana might help out the iguana-human relationship so I would not put fruits in its daily diet.. More of a treat for working with you.
Time and patience and constant holding. The more you chase it the more it gets built up and the more tail whippings you'll get. So just keep at this and it will eventually start to work with you more and more day by day. Give the iguana some time. Keep in mind if you back off and don't start doing this process now because you are afraid.. Wait until he's 4 foot long and these tiny bites you may receive now can become scars for life. Its all about constant contact. Also take in mind your iguana thinks you are a predator. Cat and Dog have had thousands of years next to man to become the tame animals they have become today.