Re: This happens way too often
Posted by Roger on 6/3/2015, 5:03 pm, in reply to "Re: This happens way too often"
His fight-back strategy is typical for un-trained green iguanas. Start training him now while he is not as strong as he will be later. |
For training, be ready to be relentless about it. Never let him make you drop him or let go of him.
While I was keeping iguanas, I discovered the "30-second" limit. All of my un-tame iguanas, from young to elderly, struggled for thirty seconds while I held them firmly, letting them do alligator rolls in my hands. Grip him at his neck/shoulders, and at his hips. Then they stop and wait, expecting to get a chance to lunge out of your grip. Don't ever let him escape; walk over to a sofa, sit down and hold him quietly for about 15 minutes. Then put him back in his cage. Repeat this several times a day, and offer him treats while you wait.
When you have to chase him in the cage, learn to grab him quickly to keep his adrenaline down and so he doesn't injure his snout by running straight into the walls at high speed.
Iguanas can bend their heads 180 degrees to get a bite on your forward hand, so hold him forward enough at his shoulders so he can't bend far enough.
Keep all this up for six months. I bet he gets better and better. Then when he's about one to two years old, he should go through his 'terrible twos", trying to insist that you in no way control or touch him. This passes too.
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