Re: Agression - but strange
Posted by Roger on 6/6/2015, 2:00 pm, in reply to "Agression - but strange"
May I assume he is less aggressive in general while he is outside his cage in a neutral place? |
IMO your ig is very anxious.
As you know, iguanas are loners. If yours thinks there is an interloper around (by smell, sight, or sound), it could easily ramp up his territory protection behaviors, such as biting, charging, refusal to eat (because of anxiety), hiding, and more. I assume that even when you were pregnant, he could sense the change in your odor. As we know, iguanas hate any kind of change.
To get him to drop his aggression, be sure he never gets to bite you again. When he does that and your hand jerks back, he learns that he has a behavior to drive you away.
He needs to be picked up every day, without giving him a chance to bite either of you. Put your baby in a room with a door that can be closed. When Ig is in his cage, throw a towel over him and pick him up as quickly as you can. He can bend his neck 180 degrees to get a bite on you. So hold him partly forward of his shoulders with your forward hand.
There is a chance that doing all this will stop or lessen his aggression.