Hallo all. I own a 5-year-old stunted iguana who I call Lego (Leggy). Still unsure about the gender, though my guess would be male. Leggy is very timid. He's only headbobbed once (not exactly sure what he meant by it. Since it was his first time, it was very shaky and uncertain), he's never bitten me, and though he's tried to whip me once, he gave up in a flash. What he HAS done, is click once or twice, but I've never been able to understand why. Last time he did, he was hanging on my bathrobe (he loves hanging that's his favorite spot) and suddenly, out of nowhere, started clicking continously for several minutes. I presume he was rather cold at the moment, because soon afterwards I put him back in his enclosure and he went to his basking spot immedietly.
My question is: what can iguanas MEAN by clicking? He wasn't hissing, definitely not angry or scared or anything really unusual. He might've been a bit pleased (he stuck his head under the water while I was showering earlier, which probably felt good Plus he got to hang in his favorite place). Or was it territorial?
Sorry, just interested couldn't find anything other than hiss-clicking, which this definitely was NOT.
Post by thelmuffingirl on Dec 5, 2008 19:05:41 GMT -8
Not that this answers your exact question, but you mentioned a shaking head bobbing there are two different kinds of head bobbing if I'm not mistaken, one is up and down strong and jerky meaning this is my territory and get away, the other is more of a head dance more shaky and from side to side most likely and this is usually what a male does to attract mates to be attractive. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I learned it somewhere
There are several types of head-bobbing. The "shudder-bob" is the most dangerous along with the posturing. Then there's the "This is my space" bob - not quite as threatening, but the dewlap is still extended. Then there's the "I acknowledge you" bob where the dewlap is tucked in. Non-threatening and slightly relaxed about it. There are a couple more...and males are certainly better at it than females. You just need to learn the cues and circumstances and you'll never be surprised at what the bob means...:-)