hello, here's a link to my video: youtu.be/cGU4ZrI2BKs my iggy sometimes does this, anyone has an idea why and what it means? he is a free roamer, so "small enclosure" is not an issue, but he does that at several places around the house. once he starts, he doesn't stop for maybe half an hour. he has been with me for 2 years now. i feed him with collard greens, turnip greens, veggies and fruits (i pay attention to his diet). i sprinkle water around him several times a day, and he has uvb and heat lights, temperature is 30-35 degrees during the day in his basking spot. he never had health issues. thanks.
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Dec 8, 2012 9:51:32 GMT -8
Hello there The iguana in the video was digging at a white wall - iguanas have a hard time seeing the color white so she was probably confused as to what was in front of her because she couldn't see it. Iguanas, both males and females, naturally dig around. Females in particular dig around more during their breeding season because in the wild they would dig a hole and bury their eggs. I have an older iguana and she doesn't lay eggs anymore but she still digs around every once in awhile. It's not unusual but just make sure your iguana doesn't rub his nose raw while digging; some iguanas have been known to do that.
On a side note: 35 degrees Celsius is a perfect temperature but 30 degrees Celsius is a little low for a basking spot in the daytime.
Post by cttepiroglu on Dec 8, 2012 10:10:56 GMT -8
thank you for your reply. if he was female, i would believe that she would lay eggs after so much digging. but i believe he's a male, cause he has large femoral pores sticking out from under his legs. there's also a similar wall-like furniture in the kitchen, but it has a shiny metallic paint, and he does the same thing there too. i guess he sees some reflections and gets confused. if it's just normal behavior, then i'm relieved thanks again.