i recently discovered that both of my igs are males the larger one gator is in his first season he has the bright orange , the enlarged femoral pores, and i have been finding seminal plugs when he deficates, however my other ig jub-jub has no orange, smaller femoral,no signs of being in season but he has been also leaving seminal plugs. now my question is will a less dominant male supress his desires in order to avoid confrontation with a more dominant male, because they are in the same room diffrent cages.
Post by prism_wolf on Feb 18, 2005 21:24:08 GMT -8
The answer is...yes.
Often times in the wild, weaker/less agressive "omega" male iguanas will actually take on more female characteristics in order to be less of a target for the territorial alpha ig. This includes, but not limiting, the suppression of masterbation, trying to mate with the females, and normal male territorial behaviors. It has even been found that the secretions from their femoral pores have taken on the smell of the female ig.
The alpha igs seem to tolerate the omegas because they are such a little threat. It's usually the gamma males which are between the two who are the biggest aggressors. They are trying to prove something by being the tough guy and will readily attack the weaker ones...AND challenge the alpha...which, in our homes, is us.
The omegas take on a very limited existence in order to survive in a very confrontational world.