Posted by Tyler on 3/20/2018, 9:14 pm
I am seeking advice and help about my male iguana (Indo) who is a blue iguana. He is probably around 2 1/2 years old. His cage is located in the kitchen next to a large window which he enjoys looking out at the front of the house.
He has recently been going through his first breeding season, within the last 3 1/2 months. Before he began his first breeding season he was tame. He was very docile with our two dogs, would crawl around the house, and I could hand feed him. Now, he is very territorial, which I knew this day would come when he is in breeding seasons. I still continue my daily routines with him of feeding him in the morning, changing his water, and cleaning his cage. However, due to the safety of myself and him, I have not let him roam the house freely. When doing these routines I am very cautious with him since he is very aggressive (attempting to bite, hits the glass of his cage). I have been able to take him out a couple of times to hold him while cleaning his cage but he does not enjoy it (body rolls, attempting to bite my fingers). Since he has begun this territorial/ aggressive behavior, he hits the glass so hard that he has made his nose bleed multiple times and has somehow cut one of his front claws (finger) due to the fixation he has on myself/ roommates or our dogs. I have then put up a curtain so that he cannot see into the kitchen except for our shadow. It has helped tremendously. He is still able to look outside and he hears up while we are in the kitchen. He is very health and active, eats all his food.
I know every iguana is different and was very aware of breeding season behavior but the question I have for other iguana owners is how much longer could this go on for? Also, are there any other suggestions or advice that you can provide for me? I would appreciate anything.
Oh and I have also put in a stuffed animal iguana hoping to help with him releasing his tension but it has not helped.