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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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I saved an Iguana!!

I recently Rescued an Iguana from a neighbor who was giving her away. The neighbor didn't see it that way but i sure do.. She was only fed Romane Lettuce her entire life and never had any form of UV light at all. Had heat and that about it.. She is 4 1/2 years old, growth is stunted quite a bit as her body is only about 10-11 inches from nose to vent. She is very sweet, loves to be scratched behind the ear and is doing nicely. She was in a nice large enclosure which I took as well but it needed ALOT of cleaning. Hope she survives a few more years with proper care, She had never had her nails clipped and they were quite long, I clipped them a bit but two of them are curled all the way around and need a little more care from the vet so I am bringing her in next week.. Wish me luck...
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 12:14 PM
 
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Well good luck and good for you!
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Ugh, good luck... bringing an ig that poorly cared for back to health can be a chore, but I'm sure if you get some UV on her and some calcium into her that she will pick up pretty quickly.

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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She is gettin a steady diet of Collard Greens for her staple, hopefully she will come along... She is a little bit on the thin side and after three days is lookin better already, she never had standing water to drink either..
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here is a pic, sorry if its fuzzy.. You get the picture, its gonna be work...

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 12:06 AM
 
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Way 2 go! Rescues are hard work, but they are well worth it. Our rescue is the most docile iguana we have ever come across. He has his moments, but usually he is a fun guy to be around.

I look forward to stories about her.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 11:17 AM
 
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Squash is a good meat gain for them . . . . just a thought! I can't believe she's four years old and so small!! How sad!!
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Any Type in Particular?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 01:06 PM
 
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The yellow (or summer) squash . . . uncooked is best but you can cook it up (it's easier to eat) and then add like Reptocal or ESU vitamins to it. There's a something we call "glop" it's got all kinds of stuff in it and it's really good for igs that don't really eat a lot because it's all blended and you can even freeze it! it's up on our website (be fore warned if you go it's underconstruction!) which is at http://www.geocities.com/butchspoppers/index.html . . under the diet link!
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Good luck! Some may view it as a chore but I think rescuing is always worth it ... way to go!
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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2004, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Just a little update, Spike is eating pretty good, and is getting to be more mobile in the cage.. I took her out for some sunshine yesterday, it warmed up to the low 60's in the shade so the sun felt good. She really liked that alot.. She went a few days not eating real well so i was concerned but now she is eating pretty good and moving around alot on her branches and such in the enclosure.. So far so good..
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-19-2004, 11:21 AM
 
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Well good for you and Spike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-19-2004, 11:39 AM
 
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Great news. I am sure that she will come to love her new owners.
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