Ok guys I'm finally back with a new computer and i got a new friend.. ill explain....... My friend down the street got an iguana a few weeks ago named spike about the same age as mine (5-9mo)...he couldn't take care of him\her and hes moving away =\ so i bought the ig off him for $25..
anyway... so i put him in the same tank as my other iguana(till i got a new one)... i finally got a new tank to put him\her in... But when i take him\her away from my original iguana they both get moody but when they are together they lay on each other and play... should i let them bond or get them away from each other???
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2008 20:30:34 GMT -8 by jkunder
You need to seperate them. They are territorial animals. They may seem to get along now but that can change and one or both could get hurt. Also when you get a new reptile you need to quarantine for at least 3 months to make sure there are no contagious illness. My igs dont get along well at all. The 2 younger ones fight if left togther for any extended period of time.
What is likely happening with your established iguana is retaliation for having another iguana in the house which he cannot see but can smell on you. They may look comfortable with eachother but in reality it's not that way. There is always a form of domination so they shouldn't be housed together since there is always the possibility that you'll come home to a bloody mess with either both igs injured or worse. At the very best, to lower stress levels on either iguana keep the tanks away from eathother if possible in seperate rooms. If a male is smelling a female (since I can only gather you still don't know the sex of either animal) you might get in the middle of a breeding urge from the male and he will likely see you as a constant threat to getting his lady. At any rate, iguana's are not social, they need to live seperately and if they spend time with eachother, please do it only under strict supervision. This way if something happens you're there to take the situation into your own hands. All the best with your new addition. Keep us updated on their progress
The dark colour could mean he's stressing...unless you mean that he's naturally darker than the new iguana. It really doesn't change anything to look at their colour differences they are both iguanas so should be kept seperate.