To add a bit:
Posted by rogervan on 12/11/2015, 10:56 am, in reply to "New baby iguana won't eat"
Your post says "baby (or juvvie)". I'm going to assume he's as young as they get. Also he's blue and also a Giant Green Iguana, so he's not some lewsi hybrid which can be colorful. All my experience is with Iguana iguana, the common Green Iguana, which is what you have.. He's been bred and cross-bred to produce the blue skin. I hope it lasts. Babies show the most vibrant colors, which fade over the years. This happily means his parents are US born and bred over at least several generations. |
that is important because he is far removed from his wild ancestors who carry all sorts of diseases and parasites. Yours should give you much fewer vet bills.
Iguanas have a strong behavioral trait, which surfaces when their habitat is changed or when their caretaker is changed, which is called Relocation Stress. They stop moving around, sulk in the cool areas, don't eat and may even turn to a darker color. They hate being transplanted to a new habitat so much that they get this syndrome.
It's normal for new arrivals to go through Relocation Stress. It can last a week, to 6 months. They can only get over it once they have reached their final long-term destination.
Your iguana can go three weeks without eating, but he does need to drink water. So stop worrying about eating for now. Put out a bit of fresh food every day, and use teacup saucers on the floor so he will eventually clamber into one and discover the water. Iguanas do not have the inborn capacity to recognize water when it's still. So I used to use three or more saucers on the floor to shorten the time it takes for one of my igs to discover it. Give him nothing over 3/4 inch deep and is easy to climb out of.
When you get to the point where you can pet him, he closes his eyes as if he enjoying it. he's not. The closed eyes are to minimize the scary experience. They often close the eye that faces you, and keep the other open. There is also the 'Hold stock still" method of evading stress. He's hoping you can't see him when he does that.
When you put your hand inside his habitat and he goes ballistic, charging around like crazy and bumping into walls with his snout, give him some extra alone time. You don't need to start training him yet.
When he's ready, he'll start showing his real personality, and bite and fight you. So tame him when he's small so he can't hurt you.