Well no takers on how to train an ig not to rub his nose on my door, thought that would be the case.
I am now trying to figure out a way to alter the door so it is not so dangerous to Bob. The floor is carpeted which is the main part of the problem. If I simply lay something hard and smooth down -- like an office chair plastic floor cover -- do you think that he will just slide away? It is not great but it is better than what is happening now.
He is not nose rubbing enough to hurt himself, he just sratches the door a little then stays there wishing he could get out and then someone tries to open the door and he gets hit. [Note: this is not a small cage issue rather it is a smart free roaming ig knowing where to leave the room]
I have tried to tape down a hard slick surface so that he just slides out of the way when the door is opened but he is able to grab just a little lip of it. I am kind of stuck, I can't alter too much as I am a student and renting the place, and I am out of ideas.
Post by SurvivorSteph on Feb 10, 2004 20:23:33 GMT -8
Mark, you had mentioned getting a plastic chair pad... if you do, get one that is T shaped... then you can put the lip under the door, and maybe he won't be able to grab on to it, then he will just slide away.
Nose rubbing progressed into digging in the corner -- a new activity for him.
Here is my solution for those interested
Using a single sheet of heavy duty plastic cloth I lined the bottom 8 inches of the wall and door extending onto and across the floor. By sewing up the corner I created three sides of a flexible plastic box which I taped to the wall and onto the door at the hinge side.
Results: When the door opens it pushes the whole sheet back onto itself along with any iguana body parts safely out of the way.
Iguana claws are not able to grip the plastic so there is not enough force on his nose to cause damage nor is there anything to grip and tear while digging.
One problem fixed and naturally a new and more serious one occurs else where.
Bob is 8.5 to 9 years old and a definant male. Huge jowels and dewlap, lots of plugs this year, and very active femoral pores.
He would turn BRIGHT orange when my mom or uncle were taking care of him when I was away at school and living in the dorm freshman year. I now have him back -- I moved out of the dorm and have him while at school now -- but he knows that I am alpha in the room and there is no sign of territory struggle, he won't even bob his head at me.