I have scars from my iggy and others.I do petsitting for reptiles and whenever I have to handle an iguana I am not familiar with and who is not used to beeing handled I use the"burrito"method;wrap the guy in a thick towel.I do that when mine is in the breeding blahs,too.But I also found that when iguanas are handled a lot since they are igglets they tend to be less territorial.
WoW that is unfortunate. Just goes to show that even after years of human interaction iguanas still have that wildness deep inside. Can never be too carefull I guess. Especially with an ig the size or Narcy.
Wow...that must have hurt :S Hope he heals ok. Whats amusing about situations like these are that people are warned severely before actually being bitten, whether he listened to you or not Diane shouldn't have been the issue, Iguanas have some pretty itimidating "scare tactics" which should be a good judgement on what NOT to do. All the best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Whats amusing about situations like these are that people are warned severely before actually being bitten,
Hubby was warned on this occasion, but there is not always a warning. . . .just wanted to clarify this. Narcy has been known to behave one minute and chase you down the next, seemingly unprovoked. i read him better than my husband, but i spend more time wtih him. Even so, he is unpredictable enough for me to know i can never take my eyes off him or trust him completely. He has been much better as of late, but he is still very proud and more than a little testy! What can i say? i love him to pieces anyway. . . .by the way, my husband's hand is completely healed with no complications and a lovely scar for his troubles!
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Post by IguanaKing on Feb 24, 2006 20:16:16 GMT -8
No occasional numbness in his fingers? That's great, Diane! ;D He's one lucky guy.
Herc had an "episode" a week or two ago...he just suddenly flipped out, without warning, when I apparently "startled" him. Heh...I was just sure he knew I was behind him. We had a stand-off for a couple of hours...it turned into a hissing contest, with me guarding myself with a broom. ;D
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As long as you keep those pictures in mind when handling you should be fine. I know lots of ig keepers that have never experienced anything like that. You just have to be careful and respect what you are dealing with. And watch out for those teeth!
It happens in FL on occasion I know. One woman got confronted with a large male in her front yard. She wasn't injured, it didn't touch her, but he was ticked and cornered. She was trying to shoo him away.