How to tame an iguana

how to tame an iguana

If you have an iguana for the first time, you’re about to discover a whole new world of pet ownership. You will discover that reptiles are not as sociable by nature as dogs, cats, or small rodents. They don’t have much interest in interacting with humans, which they usually fear. Even so, with a lot of patience and perseverance, you can manage to tame your iguana so that it comes to enjoy your presence and is happy to see you.

You must make sure that the terrarium has the necessary temperature, humidity, and lighting conditions for your iguana to develop with vitality. If any of these factors are not as they should be, she will most likely become lethargic, lose her appetite, and become ill, which would make any domestication advice useless. Also, study everything related to nutrition so that she lacks nothing and can grow up healthy.

Surely you have chosen a healthy iguana, with a healthy green color, well active, alert and with a good appetite. She should show some reaction when you approach, such as looking at you, standing up, exposing the fold of skin under her throat. A newly acquired iguana that does not respond in any way is certainly sick, very stressed, or depressed. You must take it to a specialist vet in the first week, along with a stool sample. Parasites are very common and it is really easy to eliminate them.

Once your iguana is healthy and its terrarium is in good condition you can start to build up a relationship with her to try and create a trusting bond between the two. The smaller it is, the better, because it will be easier for you to handle and tame your iguana.

Tips for taming your iguana

Taming an iguana takes time and patience. Think about at least 3 months until you can get her to stop being scared and you can trust her. At the very least, you must be able to pick it up whenever you want without it attacking you. Each iguana has a different personality, so you have to learn to know it to apply the most appropriate methods. With patience and a little intelligence, you can make your iguana a loving, reliable, and happy animal that enjoys your company.

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