Post by teamoverkill2k4 on Jun 22, 2010 13:11:59 GMT -8
I rescued an Iguana about a month ago, and I was having ONE small problem... He's obviously not too tame yet, it seems that he is VERY timid compared to many iguanas; but that's not the issue.
When I picked him up from the rescue he was in bad shape, he had rubbed his nose (at the rescue, mind you!) on his glass enclosure that they had been keeping him, and he rubbed it pretty severely. There seems to actually be a depression there, and some of his lip scales are missing. He also had dropped a chunk of his tail at some time in his young life. Thankfully he doesn't seem to have any bone disorder problems.
My major ordeal is that in order for me to apply Benadine and Neosporin to the area, I have to handle him. About half the times that I go for him (slowly, from the side, not swooping down from above) he freaks out and surprise, bumps his nose and opens the wound up once more.
My question to you is, do I stop trying to handle him until I see his nose is scabbed over? Do I be more forceful, and try to grab him before he can hit his nose? Any advice would be great. Someone I talked to told me to put him into a hibernation by spraying cold water on him, but I didn't think making an iguana lethargic would ever be a good idea..
Some info about his enclosure and Desmond himself: We custom built a cage for him, 4 foot tall, two levels, 30 inches wide, 2 foot deep. I followed your videos for what to use for the enclosure mostly, as much as I could. He would be around 1 and 3/4 ft. long if he had most of his tail (estimation).
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Jul 4, 2010 11:39:23 GMT -8
he doesn't seem very big yet, I think you should get a good pair of gloves and grab him, perhaps it might help if it is around his bed time or wake up time so he is sleepier and perhaps less ready to run away. It would probably be a good idea to have someone else there with you to apply the ointment so you can focus on holding him still and trying to calm him, though I know that can be especially difficult for little ones. If at any time the wound looks infected be sure to take him to the vet. Best of luck -Jenna
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