Iguanas are able to recognize their owners and family. They have a great memory, are affectionate. You can train them to eat, sleep and go to the washroom at desired times and places.
Iguanas are not socialistic animals and are not instinctively affectionate towards humans or other animals. They like to be around you when you provide them food and warmth. They like to be their head rubbed.
Iguanas recognize their owners by sight and sound.
Many owners think that their iguanas do not recognize them. But the pet iguana will absolutely recognize you by sight and sound. Iguanas have very sharp vision and they can clearly see their owners and recognize them. They can also hear well. Well, iguanas do not have ears but they have a visible eardrum on both sides of their head.
They can hear the sounds of the different frequencies and they can find out the familiar voices and other noises. They do not come immediately when you call their names just like a dog or the cat does. But they definitely respond to their caretakers.
Do Iguanas know their names?
Yes! Iguanas know their name. And also, they are able to learn some words and sounds that we make. Just like their names or the sound of the refrigerator door opening and etc. They will communicate with you in the language they know.
How to get your Iguana to trust you?
Iguana takes some time to trust you. If they trust you, you will be their best friend. So, you need to take really a lot of good care to make them trust you.
- Identify when your Iguana feels threatened.
- Be patient and predictable.
- Talk to your Iguana.
- Show your Iguana you are in charge.
- Approach and handle your Iguana gently.
- Iguana-Proof the room.
- Pick up and pet your Iguana.
- Put down your Iguana only when it is calm.
Do Iguanas like human contact?
Yes! Iguanas like to make human contact. But only if they trust you and take good care. And they only get addicted to you. But not to your friends or relatives or other strangers. They respond to you. But not to the others. You need to communicate with them in a gentle voice politely. They like this kind of communication and start to have bonded with you.
How do you know if your Iguana likes you?
When you take good care of them, they automatically like you. They lick you whenever you hold them. Licking is the sign of liking you. That means, they are comfortable with you, and they are just calm when they see you, and they try to know more about you.
They have a sensory organ called Jacobson’s organ. This sensory organ helps them to get more information about smell, taste, and they easily catch chemical signals.
Do Iguanas like to be pet?
The pet iguanas should have cared well. If you care for them well with their basic needs like food, shelter, cage, plants, supplements and etc, they like to be your pets. They will lead happy long life with you. They also liked to be their head rubbed when they are treated as pets. This is often the closest that their owners see true affection from their iguanas.
Can you bond with an Iguana?
Creating a friendly bond with your iguana is not an easy task. You need to put in a lot of effort. The new iguanas who bought the home for the first time will be having trust issues.
They do not trust you so easily. So, you have to create trust by caring for them a lot, giving them freedom whenever they want, living them alone for some time. This may take a year or few years. It depends upon the way you care for them and provide them with their favourite things. You need to really work hard to gain some iguana’s bonding.
Wait to hold your new Iguana
You should not hold your new iguana all of sudden. This may feel irritated and may start to hate you. So give them some time and space until they trust you. Later on, you can hold them.
As iguana gets closer to you, you can handle them and you can be more responsive to its mood. Even after they get close to you, sometimes, iguana does not like to be held. You have to understand their body language that they are feeling uncomfortable with your holding. So, you need to respect that and leave them alone for some time.
Iguana hiding during the day
If your pet iguana is hiding during the day it means, it just thinks that some threats are trying to attack them. When you hold them all of sudden after bringing them to your home, they may also be scared of you thinking that you are their predators and hide. So, to escape from that danger, they hide during the daytime.
Do Iguanas like to cuddle?
No! They do not like to be cuddled. But when they are really got adjusted for you and feel comfortable with you, they like to be cuddled by only you. They may feel threatened if any other humans try to cuddle them. But you should not cuddle them at the beginning of their life with you.
Which are the friendliest species of Iguana?
If you care about them well every iguana are friendly. But the friendliest behaviour iguanas are as follows,
- The Green iguana
- The Rhinoceros iguana
- The Desert iguanas
These three iguanas behaviour will be friendly and they are most docile. Though the green iguanas and rhino iguanas are large in their size, they still remain friendly and are often shy.
Bonding requires gaining trust. And this will not happen overnight. You need to put in a lot of effort and may take a couple of years. You need to provide them with their needs and spend some time with them. You need to communicate with them in a gentle voice.