Re: Need advice on aggressive iguana
Posted by Roger on 10/2/2015, 2:13 pm, in reply to "Need advice on aggressive iguana "
He's being territorial. And afraid. He also has Relocation Stress. Most iguanas will eventually relent and let you hold them without a fight. Some even become "socialized" where they become very friendly and seek you out when they are roaming the house. |
At this stage, your ig seems to be reacting to your hand pretty mildly. Your first step is to teach him that struggling against you isn't worth the effort. The thing you need to know is to not do slow approaches with your hand. The best way to approach him is to open the door confidently, and quickly grab him. Press him against your belly. Let him struggle if he wants to, but don't let go. Let him spin in your hands if he alligator rolls. This fight lasts 30 seconds, and then they hold still. Take him to your couch and sit down with him in your hands. At this stage, hold him for about five minutes, then put him back in his cage. Do this six times per day if possible. NEVER let him get away from you, and NEVER react to bites and tail whipping. If he sees you flinch or put him down, he'll never forget what he needs to do to get away from you.
The price for taming is receiving scratches and bites. It's inevitable for about 90% of untamed new-to-your-house iguanas. Please accept that. He's not a bad ig, he's just scared and he instinctively fears a big animal invading it's space. You will get more and more skilled with handling him, and your ig's resistance will slowly abate. It can easily take a year, but as I said, yours seems to be more advanced to start with.
If he attacks when you change his food plate or his water dish, IMHO, he needs you to use long-handled salad tongs. You can drag the dishes to the door, and then pick them up. This is to avoid making him think he needs to attack you.
Good luck and stay in touch,