Post by crazybaby on Sept 25, 2007 11:28:19 GMT -8
I've been bitten several times and each and every one of them was my fault. My hubby doesn't see it the same way but he also doesn't do as much research as I do into their behaviour so, I can understand why he would say "if he keeps that up we're getting rid of him" (which I'll never ever do...EVER!) I've been bit when feeding strawberries (stupidly put my finger in his plate trying to help him scoop them up into his mouth...OMG That was the most painful of any of them) Got bit after a run around trying to get him off his enclosure with a broom (he hates the broom) where I was taking a hair out of his mouth right after getting him down and he took a chomp on my thumb. Earlier still I was bit during breeding season when I got in the way of his "love toy" and again in breeding season another year because of a green towel I had. So...all in all had I been a little less careless and attentive they likely never would've happened. Moral of my story is, no matter what they are an animal and you can discipline them for it and have to remember that...I'll love my baby until the end of time, no matter how many bites I get.
Is there a way to tell when they are going to bite you. How careful do you really need to be. Mine are still babies, and i handle them maybe 5 times a day, 15 minutes or more each time. So when they get older what is my risk of getting a nasty welcome.
There are so many variables involved. Some igs are very docile, some are docile part of the year and breeding season turns them into monsters...some never become social...no matter how much you handle them. You're making a good start now. The more you handle them, the better the chance at them being more social...but don't be hurt if one - or both - do not become what you expect them to be. They're wild animals first and foremost.
As they grow you will learn the signs. There are different postures and headbobs you need to learn. When I get home I will try to remember to get you a link that has some of these on video from another website. I'm pretty sure it's from Steve's site at: www.iguanaanswers.co.uk (behavior vids)
Last Edit: Oct 4, 2007 9:17:24 GMT -8 by prism_wolf
Post by prism_wolf on Nov 12, 2007 16:22:34 GMT -8
These are used with Jan's permission. Thank you Jan! This bite was from two years ago from her large iguana - roughly 19" svl.
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I bet the scars are still easily seen! Even her E.R. doctor wanted these pictures to show to a class he taught. She got lucky. No tendons or nerve damage, no profuse bleeding, but wow...it sure looks painful!
Post by laxfiend69 on Nov 16, 2007 20:12:53 GMT -8
heres some good detail of just how sharp those little teeth are. Knock on wood I have yet to be bit bad enough to draw blood, you forget sometimes that not being a meat eater these guys would'nt have razor teeth, but low and behold they do
Photo Credit goes to Adam Britton
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2007 20:49:13 GMT -8 by prism_wolf