Extremely Dominating female Feb 20, 2010 12:06:30 GMT -8
Post by Cheryl Ann on Feb 20, 2010 12:06:30 GMT -8
I rescued a female Iguana (Danielle) just over 2 years ago. The vet put her at about 5 years old. She was in rough shape....her tail was so skinny, she had broken toes and ribs, she had lost part of her tail, she was gray and was super fat. She weighed 3lbs. She was pretty tough to deal with, even bit me a few times. But I spent a lot of time with her, and gave her the right light and food, and she relaxed A LOT. A few months after having her I got a baby rhino, and they got along GREAT. They shared a cage and slept together, and followed each other around the house. About a year ago, Danielle got egg-bound (due to a move), and I paid the $1,200 to get the eggs removed, and to have her ovaries taken out (the vet said he had to do this). The money was never the issue, but I knew there was a 50% chance she wouldn't make it. Thankfully she did, and her recovery went very well. In the last few weeks, she has been so bad. She charged the rhino Iguana and bit him (thankfully I was right there and she barley broke skin), so I had to seperate them...and she has been terribly dominante. I have an "Iguana room" which is set to the right temp/humidity with the correct amouth of UVB lights, and every time I go in to visit, she goes into 4 wheel drive mode, puffs out her dulap, head bobs, and charges me. I have tried to show her I am the dominant 'iguana' but taking charge, and holding her firmly, but gently. I try to sooth her by just gripping her and telling her "its okay, im here" etc....and she eventually calms down. I will put her back in the room, and come back a few minutes later, and shes back to hating me. Yesterday I went to open her cage and she charged right at me and sunk her teeth into my leg. I dont know why the sudden change in her behavior, and I don't know what else to do. I am trying my best to show her that I am in charge, but for some reason she is challenging me. I am at a breaking point where I don't want to have a violent lizard around, especially if anything bad happens to my rhino Iguana, he is so sweet, he never head bobs or goes crazy. He just likes to relax in the sun, and borrow in blankets. I don't want to get rid of her either, I love her, and I am afraid the person I give her to may not take care of her properly, or get frustrated with her and pass her along to another person. The last thing she needs is another move, especially as traumatic as another caretaker....but I don't know what else to do. Any advice would be a huge help.