By Josie  June 13th, 2023

The Spiny-Tailed Iguana Bite

The Spiny-Tailed Iguana Bite

While these reptiles are generally shy, they can become aggressive if threatened or provoked.

Here's all you need to know about spiny-tailed iguana bites!

Spiny-tailed iguanas are some of the biggest iguanas in the world.


Males can grow up to 5 feet long, while females are slightly smaller, usually around 3 feet in length.

These lizards are also quite heavy, with males weighing up to 10 pounds and females weighing around 5 pounds.

Spiny-tailed iguanas are herbivores, feeding on various plants and fruits. They are also known to eat insects and small animals occasionally.


Are Iguanas Poisonous?

They are not poisonous, but it’s important to note that they can carry bacteria, such as Salmonella

A bite bite can be painful and may result in injury or infection

Although not poisonous, these lizards are highly territorial and often display aggressive behaviors if they feel threatened or uncomfortable.

- Hissing - Puffing Up - Flaring its Tail

Signs to Look Out For to Avoid a Spiny-Iguana Bite:

#1 Use a glove or towel to remove it from your body #2 Give the Iguana space #3 Keep it away from other people and pets

How to Act After a Bite

#1 Clean the wound: #2 Apply topical antibiotic ointment #3 Bandage the wound

First Aid for a Spiny-Iguana Bite

1. If the wound is deep - Deep wounds are more susceptible to infection and may require stitches to promote faster healing.

When To Seek Medical Help

2. If it looks infected - Infections can quickly spread and become severe, causing serious health issues.

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