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Friday, October 29th, 2010
3:07 pm - New Member :)

Hi everyone!

I'm new to iguanas and new to this community! I recently moved down to my dream town, Madison, IN, and I am currently rooming with my best friend and her fiance. They have two iguanas. I have never really been around iguanas in my life, but now I am in love with them! What cool creatures! I love them so much, in fact, that I decided to join an iguana community!

What's funny is these iguanas are now my godchildren. :) My friends told me that if something were to happen to them, the iguanas are to be cared for by myself.

First we have Zee, a 1-year-old male BRAT of an iguana! LOL! You know how they are when they are young. He still doesn't trust us yet, but he is warming up to Mike, my friend's fiance. He is a gorgeous green colour with blue starting on the side of his heads. He has a few stripes on his tail and up his sides and he is starting to get more! His spikes are very long for his age and will be super long when he matures. I think he would be considered pretty sexy by female iguanas! He's very  beautiful... but he is a brat. He LOVES his stuffed iguana toy. He sleeps on it! We also found out that if you pick up the stuffy and then pick him up, he'll cling to it and let you pet him. Ha! He wasn't mean... he just wanted his stuffy! What a little boy.

Next is Iggy. She is my friend Lakota's iguana. She is a 4-year-old female and is about four feet in length or so. She is brown and orange with green on her undersides and her legs. She has the sweetest disposition and I just love her. She likes to be held and loves attention. You can pet her for the longest time and she closes her eyes and leans into your hands as you pet her. She also loves to lay in a warm tub and swim and she loves cat food, too! My cat isn't very happy about that, though. I have to hide the cat food dish whenever she slinks her way into the kitchen. Hahaha. She will also give you licky kisses on the nose.

So, those are my godbabies. :) What cool creatures they truly are. I am now an iguana lover!

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, March 6th, 2010
2:44 pm

I need some advice on taming a baby/juvenille iguana. He's about one year old now, got him last spring, and he's growing up. I'm assuming he's a male, his femoral pores seems to be large.
Is it possible for him to already exhibit dominant behaviour at age 1?

He flares his dewlap wether I get near him, otherwise he's fine when I constantly walk around him, huffs & puffs when I touch him, open mouth threats, and tail whipping. It could be just fear, but his head already has some blue coloration next to the crests, that my much older iguana used to have. While a small iguana huffing and puffing looks adorable, what's the best way to handle this?


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Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
12:20 am - Hatchling

I just got my first baby iguana last week and need some advice on feeding.

I'm feeding him what my adult iggy used to like; collards, misc mix, red peppers, mangoes, strawberries, etc, but I'm not sure he actually eats the food. I am planning on adding more variety of veggies until I figure out what he likes. He did lick the food on few occasions. Walks all over it daily. But didn't see him eating though.

For others who had baby iguanas, how did you initally go about feeding them? More variety or less? blending foods or just chopping? Do they eat really small quantities? Anyone tried feeding a live culture yogurt?

My first iguana was few years old so I had no problem with his appetite at first. Managed to get him off lettuce and zuchinni too.


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Monday, April 27th, 2009
11:00 pm - I need a large cage!

Does anyone have one they don't need anymore, or know someone who can build one?  I just got my iguana (Tinga) 2 weeks ago and I would love to get her a nice big enclosure to call home.  I would want/need something probably around... 6' tall, 4' long, 2.5' deep if at all possible!    Any help is greatly appreciated!!
(we're in Chicago, btw)

<a href="http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b98/alpha1wlf/?action=view&current=Tinga005.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b98/alpha1wlf/Tinga005.jpg" border="0" alt="nice hair!"></a>

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
11:29 pm

My boyfriend keeps insisting i post that "cool iguana site i go to" to ask a question about our ig.

He randomly bobs his head up and down like he's nodding and its cute and funny at the same time, i dont think its stress or anything, but its almost like he's dancing, kind of like my icon without the silly facial expression. any ideas?

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
1:52 pm

I posted a few weeks ago about our iguana... We've had him for approx. 4 months. My boyfriend did a lot of reading and pretty much got that you had to hold your ig often to help tame them, we do this as much as we can when we have free time and lately it's been starting to get on my nerves his attitude. Reptar, our ig, will whip at the cage every time you WALK by it. you won't even be paying attention to him and he just whips at it. When we try to get him out of his tank he'll run all over the place, run into walls and try to bite us, constantly whipping. I don't want an iguana that's going to be aggressive. i know it'll take some time to train him, but i just want to get some feedback. Did this happen to you when you first got your iguana?

How did you go about taming him/her and getting him/her to be friendly and not mean to people or human contact?

Also, his tailCollapse )

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
10:51 pm

My boyfriend and I have had Reptar for about 4 months now. Not sure how old he is, he's about a foot and a half, maybe two feet long. His tail was broken when he was a baby baby, so there's a mark on his tail from that. We feed him a mixture of turnip greens, collards, mustards, raddish, and every other greens. Blueberries, bananas, and stawberries for treats.. Reptarrr!Collapse )

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
7:30 am - Toronto area Young Female Iggy Needs Home!


I was volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society yesterday and there is a lonely, sweet girl who needs a home.  She's one and a half years old, loves being held, pet, and cuddled.  She's been there since October and was transferred from a shelter outside of the city.  If you are thinking of adding another girl to your life or if you know anyone considering a pet iguana please have them stop by the Toronto Humane Society today.

Here she is!


x-posted to herpers

current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
1:22 am - :)

This is PierreCollapse )

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Thursday, August 7th, 2008
12:59 pm - Iguana Vet in Toronto Area?

I was doing some searching on why Avoloca may not be hungry and I came across this:

NB pictures of the murdered iguanas and a very descriptive written report.

Anyways, if anyone can point me to the best iguana vet in Toronto, I'd like to take her in.

My original thought is that she maybe getting ready to lay eggs but it is worrisome to have a pet that doesn't want to eat.

She ate a piece of banana by herself so then I thought I could get her to eat banana's covered in Reptivite.  She gave them one lick and could tell they weren't just bananas so then I had to open her mouth and put them in to get her to eat them.

I've never had an egg-laying pet before so I don't really know what to look for.

I have to take her in anyways to get the proper documents so she can cross the border with us if we make the move to Portland Oregon, but I was planning to do it in a couple months.

I'd feel better about taking her in now though since she hasn't had a normal appetite for about two weeks now.

x-posted to iguanas, ratties, pingugirl

current mood: worried

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
7:17 pm - Iguanas and toe polish don't mix :)

Here are some pics I took this weekend. I LOVE Guaco :)

Follow the red toe polish and orange for more picsCollapse )

current mood: hungry

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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
10:00 pm

Hey there,

My 8 year old iguana, Hannibal, who we always assumed to be a male, surprised us this morning with a clutch of eggs!! We've had her since she was a little iggy, and this is the first time she's ever laid eggs, which I thought was really strange, but from what I've been reading it's fairly common (especially since she was sick as a baby). I felt awful because we had no idea it was coming, so we didn't have time to prepare any kind of nesting box for her, and I don't want to move her now that she's found her groove. She's been at it all day, and the egg count is now up to 16, but now my only worry is how friggin emaciated she is!! I realize she was a bit of a fatty before (probably because of the eggs), but now her stomach is concave, and her ribs are really visible. I'm going to pick up some extra calcium spray tomorrow (I haven't been as vigilent with it as i should have), to make up for the calcium she used to make the shells, but I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do to make her more comfortable, or get her fattened back up again?
does anybody have any experience with this?

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
8:34 am

She's so funny. She always brightens up my day. I love my dumpy Jubby.

current mood: Didn't get much sleep

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Friday, January 11th, 2008
12:19 am - A little too late but,

I just thought I'll post a holiday photo of my iguana :)

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Friday, December 28th, 2007
7:20 pm - Introducing..
Jub Jub!

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
7:33 am

My iguana has become very, very mean. To the point where it's not even enjoyable to be around him...

I've had him for five or six years now, and up until this started, we had an awesome relationship. We'd chill out, I'd let him walk around the house... He'd casually sit on the windowsill, come sit on my lap or shoulder, or let me hold him for extended periods of time. Then, about 1.5months into the summer, he turned.

He suddenly started being aggressive. I figured it must've been a breeding bout, because it was uncharacteristic of him (if he went through seasons before, I couldn't tell the difference in his behavior...which is kind of weird?) and characteristic of what I've read about other iggy's breeding seasons. But it just kept getting worse and worse... It hit the worst point last week when he actually bit me- something he's only ever done ONCE, and that was 6 years ago when I had just got him and he was a scared little iggy. He broke my skin through a shirt and a sweatshirt and I got bruised pretty badly (it's healed up nicely... I can't handle him anymore without tons of clothing- but since he's never really bitten me, I didn't know it would take so much to protect me from bites...now I know...). All I was doing was taking him from his cage and placing him a foot or two behind me- just to give you an idea of how quickly he became extremely aggressive (he'll still let you pet/touch him when he's in his enclosure).

I don't know what to do anymore... Do breeding seasons last this long?
Admittedly his enclosure has become too small for him- but right now there's not much I can do about that...It is pretty massive, and I'm trying to conceal it from my apartmenty people (which is a task and a half, let me tell you). I'm also leaving next semester unexpectedly to study abroad... My friends have previously said they'd watch him for me, but now I don't think I can leave him with them. I don't want him to hurt other people- and none of them have experience with iggy's...

On top of all that, my mother wants me to get rid of him because he's become a jerk (she doesn't even know he bit me...).

[sigh] I just don't know what to do, nor what happened to my nice iguana that I had for six years... Help? Advice? Band aids and neosporin?

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Saturday, October 20th, 2007
2:20 pm



Iguanas Weekly Photo Contest


Starting Monday October 20, 2007

Iguanas will be hosting a weekly photo contest.

Comment to this post with your opinions.

What should the winner receive?

How should the winner be chosen?

Should the submissions be behind a cut?


To start things off easy, this week’s theme is:


Post your submissions by midnight Friday October 26

Photo of Jake, courtesy of Dreamy

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Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
1:37 pm - Ahhh help :\

I see people don't post here much, but online I can't find anyone who knows what the hell my iguana is doing.

Sometimes at night (well a lot of times), he watches me sleep from his tank, and he'll even jump at the glass like he's trying to attack me or something.

What's his problem? :(

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Sunday, July 1st, 2007
11:16 pm


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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
1:32 am - So, this one time...

We don't have an outdoor cage for our iggies, so we just generally leave the cage open and let them wander around the house in the daytime. They have their usual haunts that they decide with lizard-logic are great places to be. You know, the nice dark cabinet full of blankets, that crawl space between two laundry baskets, so when we need to find them, we're usually able to pretty quickly. Stumpy (who died about a year and a half ago, kidney disease :() once did this adorable thing.

She liked basking in the sun, and who can blame her? There's this spot at the top of our stairs that's in the window just right to get a good few hours of sun every day. Stumpy quickly figured this out, and it became her daily routine to climb up the stairs and sit for hours. When the sun went down, she climbed down the stairs back to the cage, but sometimes got confused over whether or not the lamps on the end-tables in the living room (where the large home-made cage is) were also the sun. So she would, from time to time, climb up to an end table and attempt to bask in the light of a sixty watt bulb that did absolutely nothing for her. She'd stick out her dewlap and everything.

One of these lamps is hooked up to a touch-on device; it's this small, black disk-type thing that you just have to tap lightly in order to change the light in levels. (Sorry if this is a bit obvious!) Anyway, one day, somebody left out a spoon, and it was touching this black disk. Also, on this day, Stumpy was basking under the lamp and sat with her cute scaly belly touching the spoon. Well, I was retrieving the lizards from around the house. (At this point, we had four.) I reach out to scoop up Stumpers...

And the light turns off. Odd, I think, normally you have to touch the disk, perhaps the bulb has run out just at that moment. I shrug, and I stroke that cute little gray head of hers. The light turns to the low level.

At this point, I am shocked and entertained. I touch her dewlap experimentally. The light turns to the next level - medium. Stumpy is now giving me the iguana stink-eye, (you know the one!), because normally when I pet her, I don't do it for a split second and stop to ponder. I just think it's hilarious that Stumpy has become a lamp touch-on device. Well, eventually, it became boring, so I scooped her up and let her walk back into her spacious cage to sit under the full-spectrums.

current mood: thoughtful

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