What do you need to know about taming an iguana?

Taming and training your iguana is a balance between showing who’s in charge and not pushing too hard. You need to be persistent and firm without pushing it too hard and stressing your pet. Meanwhile, if your iguana is aggressive or struggling to get out of your hold, don’t put it down or back off immediately.

What should I do if my Iguana wont Eat my Food?

Here’s what you can do to tame your pet iguana. Several times in the span of a few days, open the cage and tentatively hang at the entrance and offer him food. Your baby iguana will most likely refuse the offer at first, which is fine.

How long does it take to bond with an iguana?

This stage can take a week or few – you will have to feel when your iguana is comfortable with you and lets you come closer. Your iguana shouldn’t run away, hide or freak out when you approach it. Don’t hand feed all the time – only once a day from the beginning of the bonding is enough.

Who is the best veterinarian for iguanas?

Lianne is a veterinarian, epidemiologist, and freelance writer who’s written nearly 400 articles for The Spruce Pets. Iguanas are beautiful lizards and can make wonderful pets, but many owners are surprised by how large, strong, and sometimes aggressive iguanas become as they mature.

How long does it take to Tam an iguana?

The first thing you have to do is prepare yourself mentally for the time it will take, both in the day to day taming work, and as part of the entire process. Taming will not happen overnight, or in a day, or in a week. With most iguanas, taming can take 6 months to a year or more.

What’s the best way to get an iguana to agitate?

Give your iguana at least two weeks to agitate before the taming process takes place. Communicate with your pet on a regular basis and place the cage in an area where he/she can observe you while doing your routine. Try to approach your iguana by placing your hand in the cage. Move your hand gently and slowly until your pet held your hand.

What’s the difference between tame and socialized iguana?

Tame igs tolerate human interaction. Socialized igs enjoy human interaction and adjust well to new situations. Socializing comes along with taming. Once your iguana is tolerant of handling, start expanding their experience. Get them used to new places and situations. Get them used to other people handling them.

Is it OK to grab the tail of an iguana?

Never grab for the tail—iguanas can drop their tails as a defense and you will be left holding a tail while the iguana is still on the loose. Taming requires gaining trust, and this is something that will not happen overnight—trust must be earned over time.