Handful of questions...
Posted by Kyle on 4/20/2017, 8:44 pm
Ok, so I've had this male iguana for about a year and a half now, we originally got him from a dude that my cousins knew but he seemed kinda sketchy.. anyways he didn't tell me all I'd need to know he told me about greens, humidity/heat, and whatnot but not about how when they get bigger they need a huge cage and how important it is to watch what you feed them.. so I've been figuring a lot of things out via online information and my own personal experience with (God)Zilla... The man named him before I bought the little green guy so I just kept the name. Never in my life have I EVER felt so bad! He went through some traumatizing experience with an abusive ex-boyfriend of my mother's, no he didn't hit or attack the iguana, nonetheless it wasn't a great night and we left my house without ANY supplies for out bunnies and Iggy, went back later that week and salvaged some things.. came a long way from being a foot and a half animal in a 55 gallon Aquarium (yes this is what I purchased the Iggy in) to having a 7ft tall 3 level handmade cage, which I know still isn't big enough. Anyways I guess my main questions are 1.) He recently has stopped using his potty, a big cat pan filled with water, and has resorted to relieving himself on the floor which Is a messy cleanup, how do I train or figure out a way for him to use it more often, or will there always be a few accidents? He's usually poops in the shower and he was trained to poop in water tubs when I bought him, and eventually I wanted to teach him to use the toilet lol.. 2.) How much should a male iguana his size eat a day, I ask this because if given the option he will eat himself sick to where he can't digest all his food in one day, yes there was a vet appointment for him being bloated and overweight to where he had rotting food in his tummy. He's roughly 4 ft now from nose to tail. 3.) He head bobs...bobs...bobs...bobs... Especially if he sees his reflection or if I have to put him in the cage he gets mad, then he will look at me and just head bob away and he'll do it the whole time I stand there, how do I calm him down or at least accommodate him to where he doesn't feel the need to show off in his territory, I know it's a way of saying "I see you," or "this is my space." 4.) I recently have tried to get him used to the great outdoors.. I live in Illinois so he can only go out in summer months, the first time he was cool, the second time he darted almost got away and scratched up his whole face and yanked a tooth trying to charge through a chain link fence and Mr Death Roll while I tried to recapture him.. seeing as he JUST had a vet check up before this I treated him at home, I cleaned up his gums every day and cleaned his scratches with Betadine. He's healed up nicely for the most part. I took him out the other day and he was very antsy but didn't pull the same stunt twice.. how do I get him used to the outdoors? 5.) After I move into our new place on May 1st I want him to start free-roaming while we are home and going into the cage when we leave and at night, his cage has to go in the living room due to lack of space, what's the best method for recapturing him without hurting him and causing him to do the infamous death roll? Towels and Blankets don't work well cause he gets himself wrapped up and can hurt himself and grabbing him barely works because he calms down but he either scratches the **** out of me or I have to let him go because he's too wild. 6.) A few weeks ago he made a very guttural sound almost like he was choking or gaggin, so we took him to the vet 2 days later for the vet to say it was normal, and even though they don't have vocal cords they can still make sounds (which I already knew) sometimes whenever he's not in a humid enough environment or he's ready to go potty he GRUNTS when he's picked up, and when I walk through the house he like "jumps" or "flinches" and I think it's from the temperature differentiation, from going to hot to cold to quickly and it messes with him alot. How do I get him used to different temperatures more quickly? Should I open the cage door and let it cool off and same for when I give him showers, open the bathroom door, and what do these different sounds mean?
Sadly he doesn't get to run around much at all because of all my grandparents animals that's why I'm asking all these so when I move out I can properly acclimate him to me and our new home where he can run around every day, and I can watch him for more indications and understand what his body language means.