Do females act nuts during breeding seaon? Iggy is calm and happy being rubbed one minute then the next she tries to bite me! And shes been not quite bobbing, but shaking her head when we try to pick her up or pet her? She doesnt appear to be gravid, just nuts. ;D
Shaking the head is a "Leave me the heck alone!" signal They can undergo a personality change! They become antsy and want to wander around. Some of them like my Zok become extremely affectionate and clingy. She has never shown any propensity to bite. But she and I reached an understanding many years ago.
She doenst wander around much she is content to staying close to her cage, which she spends most of her day on top of. So we set up her basking spot above her cage. Her lights can be easily moved for when go away and she has to be in her cage. I guess Iggy is going to be the difficult one. Angus has been great so far, this being his first breeding season well towards me anyway. ;D Should I just give Iggy her space, and only handle when needed? I dont want to stress her out.
I would continue to handle, just be careful and aware of the body language. You don't want her realizing that aggressive posturing will chase you off. Of course there are allowances to be made! If you are trying to mess wtih her head and the shaking starts,..stop messing with the head! That is too close to the teeth!
Generally a female in breeding cycle will wander around and scratch at things. She is searching for a suitable nesting site.
Jennifer, is her head-shaking kind of like a "NO!" shake like a person would do? If so, as Merlin said, that's the universal iggy sign for "leave me alone!" or "go away!" How long has this behavior been going on with Iggy?
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She has been doing it more often than usual over the past .....2 weeks, she will also smack my hand away sometimes with her feet too. I was thinking............ and Im wondering maybe the my kids are stressing her out, since its been getting colder they have been in the house more. I was holding Iggy earlier while the kids were watching a movie in their room and Iggy let me rub her head and even bugged her eyes out.
It very well could be a change in the season. You have activity inside the house more than usual. She should start settling down as she gets used to the new routines. Keep your eyes open for digging in strange places, but I don't think you need to worry about that now until spring or summer - if she even becomes gravid.