Posted by Roger on 5/22/2015, 12:00 pm, in reply to "Re: restless iguana"
He is what he is. We do our best to help them, but still, he is what he is. Not that he can't be tamed. Bloody scratches are commonplace with these igs. Also, it takes a certain type of owner to hang in there until the taming is done. It's a great reward to us. You have to decide whether you have the kind of adventurous that's required to tame iguanas. |
Yes it's frustrating, but he is acting like a normal iguana. It's not about him, it's about you. From your post it even seems that in his hormonal state, he acts pretty mildly, or doesn't go wild.
To stop getting bitten, throw a bath towel over him just before you pick him up. Never let him bite you again because he could pick up a lifetime habit of assaulting you to get your hand away from him.
Using a towel, can you pick him up every day for about 20 minutes or longer? He will fight your hard for the first 30 seconds, and then quiet down in the towel, but be careful because he is ready to bolt. This is a primitive way of training. His reward is that you loosen your hold on him and eventually take the towel off once he's outside his cage and has done his 30 second fight. He may gain his freedom in a month, six months or a year. he is likely to give up being combative toward you. Since he can't fight you off, he loses every battle. He knows that, and has a good chance of giving up on his aggression, especially when he's outside his territory.
When I was rehabbing rescues, my goal was to coax them out of their combative state, and to get them to voluntarily eat good food. I also took each one in for a vet visit.
That rehabbing experience, plus attending this forum, taught me the advice I'm giving you here