Post # 1
I never knew that caring for a juvenile green iguana would take so much time and worry, buying her uv 5.0 basking lights that imitate the sun, water, feeding her greens and cleaning out her cage daily would exhauste me. Good thing I don’t have to buy her clothes, but the first 3 days she was one expensive baby $300 worth in supplies. Ensuring that her day and night temperature are 95 and not dropping below 70 . Gee what did my husband get me into, I thought for the first week.
It is now week 4 and I feel lucky and blessed that IGGY that is her name goes to bed by 7pm each day and wakes up around 8am. How do I know because I wrote down her schedule. I say lights out IGGy.
Any of you have a similar reptile that want to share the triumphs and obstacles that you have had to overcome with your pet.
Post # 3
I love my green friend! He will only come to me now, he gets into my lap and we watch HBO together. Lots of kiwi and collard greens won his heart and now I find him hanging out next to me almost wherever I am in the house.
Post # 4
@KatyElle: Yay! another Iguana lover. Iggy is now 4 months she is growing every month. I had to change her food to collard greens. I am wondering why salt deposits come out of her nose is that normal.
Post # 5
@beatriz: Haha I just saw this pop up! Salt is totally normal, that’s like their version of sweating.
Post # 6
While I don’t have an iguana, I do have several bearded dragons, a savannah monitor, and some leopard geckos. I used to really enjoy exotics, having over 20 (chameleons, crested geckos, viper geckos, and other species).
They are a lot of fun, but at the same time can be a lot of work. I’ve slowly dwindled down my collection, but would love to still own another panther chameleon one day.
Exotics are pretty expensive considering all the things you buy. Lights have to be replaced every 6 months unless you own a UV Meter (I purchased one due to having so many UV lights), IR thermometers, all sorts of heating methods, including thermostats to control temps (heat mats get way too hot if you don’t control them).
We’ve got our saltwater fish tank now, and that’s a money pit too 🙂