HAN­DLE IGGIES AG­GRES­SIVELY TO SHOW THEM WHO’S BOSS

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

Some peo­ple would ar­gue that the best way to ac­cli­mate an iguana is through ag­gres­sive han­dling: grab­bing them roughly from their cages and hold­ing them tightly un­til they calmed down. The prob­lem with this method is it puts un­nec­es­sary stress on the iguana which is detri­men­tal to their over­all health. It also teaches them to be afraid of hu­mans. Tiny, scared baby iguanas aren’t much of a threat since their tail whips, bites, and scratches can’t do much dam­age. How­ever, hav­ing a full-grown iguana, es­pe­cially a male, with trust is­sues since child­hood could mean a one way trip to the hospi­tal for the peo­ple around them. In fact, those who use this cruel method may get frus­trated and re­lease them into the wild or give them away.

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