Post by prism_wolf on Jul 11, 2004 17:04:04 GMT -8
Males always have the ability to "mark" their territory with the waxy substance in the femoral pores. It is just more pronounced and the wax stands out further the closer it gets to breeding season as it produces pheromones. The females do not.
What is interesting about the waxy substance that is excreted from the femoral pores is that it is flourescent. And because iguanas (all members of the iguana family...just different color variations) are able to see in the ultraviolet light range...the femoral pore secretion trails may be read in a visible sense as well as scent marker.
Does it kinda look like a row of pimples from the side I can't really see anything if I look straight on, but if I look from the side, I can see ... something, (like meat coming out of a meat grinder?)lol.
If this is the case, my darling little girl just may be a BOY!
Post by IguanaKing on Jul 13, 2004 15:54:28 GMT -8
Yup...sounds to me like you have a boy. Do you notice a kind of bulge at the base of the ig's tail? If there's a bulge there, I'd say that along with the "meat coming out of a meat grinder" look on the bottoms of the legs, you definitely have a boy.
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Just like potty training a human baby: it's not fun, it's not nice, but it IS necessary and you endure it. So too is surviving a male Igs first heat.
Heat can come on around 1 1/2 to 2 years old, give or take. All Igs are different. Some turn savage, others just sully your carpet and hump anything they can get their claws around.
Be very careful of that behavior. I've heard stories of people who got their hands stuck in gloves while the Ig....oh never mind. LOL
Best thing you can do is interact NOW with the Ig and advance taming/socialization as much as possible. Once those hormones kick in, it can all go haywire (just like a human adolescent male hitting puberty or a female every stinking month....never mind). ;D
Just love him and interact with him a lot now. Read up on the signs, be prepared and get a love sock ready!
You'll be just fine and we'll all be here for you!
Post by SurvivorSteph on Jul 25, 2004 22:40:12 GMT -8
I can attest to the fact that a male's first season can be hell for everyone involved. Gil's season began a while ago (I think December) and he's STILL at it. I've heard that it's like a light switch... they suddenly "turn on" and then eventually "turn off" just as fast. Of course that would be a NORMAL ig! I think Gil may be tapering off a bit... he doesn't need to use his sock every day now. sheesh I'm tired of all the ig hormones around here!
I'm really worried that he'll finish this season just in time for the next one to start! Or maybe we'll just have 18 months of season! eek!