Post by VegasIguana on Apr 27, 2004 18:53:49 GMT -8
I think this can be true for newbie and veteran iguana owners. We just dont anticipate the potential damage to our eyeballs! We certainly expect scratches on our arms or neck or face. But there can be times where those claws can be right on our eyeballs!
So, if you don't want to wear goggles while handling your iguana.....
a) Be very aware of claw and tail flailing when the iguana climbs up towards your head
b) When clipping nails, watch out for feet that flip back to tell you to "stop clipping". **
c) When laying down with your iguana, even though you may fall asleep, your iguana may not and just literally walk all over you.
d) Holding your iguana can be very endearing, but your iguana may unintentioanlly claw you, if he/she doesn't feel supported properly. Iguanas dont feel secure if their appendages or body arent' supported.
e) Iguanas can grip you like a tree! Just make sure that claw isn't gripping an eyeball!
** Vega$ caught me in the eyeball once like that. Ended up going to ER, and being treated for a minor cornea scratch -- Ok..mebbe I wouldn't have been so close if I wasn't so nearsighted! Ok...mebbe I should have kept my head back..but i can't see! Anyways, eyeball fully recovered with antibiotic drops and no contacts for a week!
I can expect Bob to kick me in the face at least once when he is up on my shoulder and the long toe usually hits my glasses. If your mouth happens to be open lips and teeth become toe grips -- bad idea not to mention painful.
What you did not mention, but may not have thought of it, is think about your Rx glasses too. While climbing they initially seem to make very good foot holds until the ig rips them right off your face. This has only happened to me over carpet but it over pavement the lenses could be toast.
Bailey is certain that human have ears so iguanas have something to grab onto. Unless I cover my ears first, it's a guarantee that he'll draw blood while trying to climb to the top of my head. This is why I don't wear earrings anymore.