I'm a newbie to iguanas, so I've joined in hopes to learn all I can to take care of my rescue "Sadona" . I was told the previous owners wanted to breed her and she was left in a cage unsupervised with a male and was scratched/cut up pretty badly by him. She is healing well from that. She also has a big spot of white on her side where I was told there was a built up of layers of her molt/shed that was not taken care of correctly......So here I am, hoping to help Sadona out in getting her healed up completely, keep her happy, show her that all humans aren't as "uninformed" and bumbling as her last owner(s), and that she is LOVED 8 }-<
Okay, a computer crash and five months later...... I am not sure how old Sadona is, the pet store had no clue I've had some good one on one time with her these last couple months though and I think we have bonded well. She absolutely loves to be petted and seems to trust me. But she has issues with me picking her up, she seems to panic when I do ( and I have the scratches on my arm to prove it) I try not to pick her up that often, and if I pet her when I do and hold her close she is okay for a little while. Any advice?
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2012 7:44:07 GMT -8 by raven9464
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Mar 10, 2012 9:40:29 GMT -8
Hey, Welcome back ;D She is a beautiful iguana. I really like the first and third pictures of her where she is looking up and the other where she has her arms up on the screen as if she has just been caught red handed, ha ha. My Gwendolyn also doesn't want to be held sometimes but she is definately more comfortable when I hold her close and move slowly. When she starts to struggle I stop walking/moving around and hold her tight so she can't get any leverage to wiggle out of the position I'm holding her in and all the while still hold her close so she feels more secure. I have arm protectors that I are called Ig Grips that I found only and they work great. If you need to hold her still for something (like clipper her nails) you can wrap her in a towel securely (I leave her head poking out) so her arms/legs can't flail and uncover one foot at a time. I always have help with nail trimming - it's much easier that way Again - Welcome, ask any question you have and don't hesitate to post more pictures
I don't have much advice except I would just keep working with her and where a sweatshirt of some kind so she can't scratch you as bad. She is adorable . I can't believe how big she is now, looking at the previous picture you have if her.
Thank you, I actually had a long sleeve shirt on, but maybe that and a sweatshirt next time LOL I will keep at it, she has gotten a bit better, I am sure it will just take more time and patience. And yes, she has grown! In both size and her place in my heart !