How to domesticate a new iguana pet

If you have an iguana pet for the first time, you are about discovering a new world as for having pets. You will discover that the reptiles are not so sociable by nature, unlike dogs, cats or the small rodents. They do not have too much interest to interact with the human beings, of whom in general they are afraid. Nevertheless, with patience and perseverance you can achieve that your iguana goes so far to enjoy your presence and that become happy to see you.

It is very important to make sure that the terrarium has the necessary conditions of temperature, moisture and lighting so that your iguana develops with vitality. If some of these factors is not as debit, the most probable thing is that he/she becomes drowsy, loses the appetite and falls ill, which would make any advice useless on domestication. Study everything regarding feeding so that he/she does not lack at all and flood of health could grow.

Surely you’ll have chosen an healthy iguana, with a healthy green color, well active, alert and with good appetite. He/she must show some reaction when you approach, as looking at you, getting up, exhibiting the leather crease under his gullet. A newly acquired iguana that does not answer by any means, is sick, much stressed or depressed with complete certainty. It is very important that you take her to a veterinary in the first week, together with a sample of fecal matter. The parasites are very frequent and it is really simple to eliminate them.

Rasing iguana pets

Rasing An Iguana Pet

Once your iguana is really healthy and his/here terrarium in conditions you can start being related to him/her to try to create a tie of confidence between the two. The smaller, the better, since it will be the easier to handle.

In general the iguanas extend the crease under the chin when seen you; showing off an attitude of defense or of aggression. If they are angered they usually move their head in a swaying, open the jaws and wave their tail.

If he/she only it extends the crease, then you can try to touch him/her. It is better that you do not raise it at first, on the other hand, put your hand to his height inside the terrarium in a remote corner and then bring it over in a horizontal movement. Meanwhile speak to him with calm and soft voice. If it leaves you, you can caress his head or also offer him a tender sheet that he likes, like a dandelion. Never bring your hand over from above, this way they attack some predators and they are scared very much. Repeat this procedure for a few days or weeks, according to the reaction of your iguana. When he realize that you do not try to hurt him and it is already not scared, they can grab/raise him carefully. Then raise him a little time every day to domesticate him. It is important that you go calmly and firmly. If he manages to scare you with his demonstrations, he will learn rapidly what he must do to dissuade you and will do it every time with major intensity up to becoming aggressive.

An iguana pet of 12 inches cannot hurt you, so you must not be afraid. On the other hand, do not raise it if it fights too much; you’ll stress him more and will need to press hard in order to support him, something he will not like at all. If he escapes from you, do not take it of the tail, since it might lose it. Try to raise him in a closed, sure ambient and without hidden places where then you could not extract it. This way if he remains free you will not have a problem in taking it again with gentleness.

It can take him long time to realize that your intentions are good and you will not hurt him. You must have good patience and keep on trying every day. You will see that when you achieve it, it will be much easier to raise him and to caress him to you. Always speak to him softly, do not shout. The iguanas can learn some words, like “no” or “bad“, especially if you say them in another tone of voice. Also they recognize our corporal language, so that you can do visual signs while you speak.