I adopted a male iguana about six months ago, and when i got him he was perfect tempered and loved attention. then about three or four months ago he started trying to bite and i wrote it off thinking it was just mating season. but i have no real clue as to how long this mating season lasts? is it over? and if so why is he so aggressive still? i enter his cage everyday with him making himself larger and then i have to transfer him to the bath tub before i can clean his cage. if i don't take him out he tries to bite. he is also lunging at the walls of the cage every time i passed by, until i put a blanket up what should i do? i have checked what to feed him and there are no issues there. and i have plenty of lighting. but for some odd reason he just doesn't like me near his cage. i am desperate for help. please can anyone give me advise. he has rubbed his nose raw numerous times and i want it to stop. i feel bad for the guy.
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Sept 16, 2011 7:51:39 GMT -8
How old is your iguana? Also does he have an orange coloration on his legs? (that generally means breeding season). I haven't had a male before but I've heard about their breeding season attitude. I also know that some iguana's have issues with certain colors, usually bright colors like red or orange - just food for thought. Since he is so jumpy try to keep to moving slowly around him. A trick I have learned with my iguana is that if I want to pick her up I hold my hand up about 3 feet away from her face and move it slowly around until she closes her eyes and calms down - I don't know if that works for everyone but it sure is useful with my Gwendolyn.
He is almost four. and i know about the mating season but not sure about how long it is. I have tried everything i could think of changing his diet, his lighting, and his humidity. however nothing i have tried works he still tries to bite. at first it was the mating season because he was not trying to cause damage he was simply holding in place with his mouth. but now he is always stalking me and trying to bite me. i honestly have no clue.
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Sept 20, 2011 20:08:36 GMT -8
I'm honestly not sure how long breeding season can last, and this aggression could still be from the breeding season. I know that some male iguanas have great temperaments out of breeding season and I have also heard of some that become more aggressive even in between mating seasons for no understandable reason. I hope it is not that. I would think it is because of a long breeding season or perhaps something is stressing him out; staring cats, noisy dogs, bright colors, loud noises - but like I said, I'm not sure, I wish I had a more definitive answer for you rex.
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Post by pbeatrice on Sept 30, 2011 18:14:51 GMT -8
I also have a male iguana. He's probably about 7 and we've noticed that he's entered a breeding season the past 3 years or so. With each "season," he has become increasingly cranky. He's pretty friendly for the majority of the year, but I would say that is breeding time has been 2-3 months each time. He gets much more irritated with me than with my boyfriend, especially once a month when I'm cranky too. He shudder bobs at me every morning. He hasn't bit me, but he's certainly more aggressive than usual. Maybe your little guy is just more aggressive that time of the year, too?
thanks for your input. i believe he is just going through an oddly aggressive season. i have him in my room so there are no loud noises or any animals of any kind. I just hope his temper ends soon. i am contemplating selling him. I would hate to but i am going to be having lots of people over and i don't want any issues. I don't like the idea of getting rid of him but if he doesn't change soon i fear he will make up my mind for me. every single day he tries to bite me when i feed him. i don't like feeling like i might be on the menu.