Posted by rogervan on 11/4/2015, 10:38 am, in reply to "Poop"
Good post, Jenessa. |
Not many of my igs did that (I took in strays for about 10 years). There was one who, the instant he saw the tub, immediately started straining to poop.
There are some snakes and lizards who use pooping on their capturer (is that a real word?) and some who release a very strong musk odor to make their attackers retreat.
Maybe iguanas have that trait, too. But it's not widespread among existing iguanas. You can try, with your hands in his cage, picking him up, then setting him back down right away. That may trick him into pooping on the hab floor's substrate. That is, unless he is a vigorously resistant ig who fights your hand. With that personality trait, he needs to be grabbed and removed from the cage in two seconds.
A thing you might try: I assume he's still small, so get a kitty litter box, fill it one inch deep with 85F water, place it next to his hab's door, then grab him and instantly put him in the water.
If he poops you the instant you pick him up, I'd call that a fear reaction that he will grow out of.
While you are working that out, wear closely fitting fabric gloves that you can rinse off.