Hi my name is Jacob I have a 2.5 year old Iggy his name is Gerald. He was a handful when I first got him but now we're best friends along with the bond he shares with my crested gecko Harley. I'm thinking of bri him outside for small periods of time during this next summer like to a store or for a walk or adventure obviously for short time periods I just him to be used to being social which he is, he's very calm now doesn't tail whip or bite for about a year now. I just wanted advice on taking him out and being admired by people and how to train him to try not to jump off my shoulder and run around which that scares me especially if I happened to be in a busy area or near hard to climb trees which would make getting him a nightmare I just wanted advice thank you I can show pictures!
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Jan 22, 2020 20:49:20 GMT -8
Hi Jacob! My first piece of advice is to be sure to Always keep him on a leash with a harness. Iguana's can be startled by unexpected sounds or movements and I would hate for him to get away and get hurt or lost. He may also get curious about something and try to jump off your shoulders to investigate. Other animals are going to be interested in him so be prepared if someone is walking a dog or you walk by a house with dogs. It can be fun to take reptiles out into public. You can get to know other reptile lovers as well. I don't have much advice for training Gerald to stay on your shoulders besides just keep practicing to get him more comfortable. You're right that short instances of going outside are best. He may learn to like going places or he may decide he doesn't want to. Some iguana's learn to like being carried around and others would rather walk around on a leash and go where they want. I've learned that a lot of iguanas are startled when they first feel the tug of a leash but you can work with him to get used to a leash. If you haven't used a harness or a leash before be prepared if he rolls and wiggles to get out. I'm glad he hasn't tail whipped or tried to bite in such a long time, it sounds like you are doing well with him
I would love to see some pictures of him and hear about his (safe) adventures.