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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-07-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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hi there im looking for a little advice i just got this cute little guy 3 days ago. he is about 2 ft from nose to tail. i have a uv sun lamp on him basking temp around 90deg. cage temp around 80. he apears very healthy ive been into herps most of my life mostly snakes. ive been offering him well it. caned green beans and carrots also fresh leaf lettuce red lettuce. honey dew , cantelope,onions, all choped to proper size along with comercial pellets. he hasnt heaten yet! i keep a bowl of fresh water in its cage and i mist it 3-4x a day he is drinking when i spray him i also got flukers spray vitamins for iguanas. when he is drinking the water as im spraying it ill quickly switch to the vidamin spray about 3-4 sprays and he drinks it. the humidity in cage is about 70 -80%. i can and do handle him and let him roam in my herp room. i put a 6ft tall tree in the corner with a basking light at the top he seems to like it. BUT I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD KEEP HIM IN HIS CAGE WITH HIS FOOD SO HE HAS THE OPERTUNITY TO EAT IT. although he should eat when i put it in there. im asuming he is still setleing in and a little stresses from the move and from handling him. hes not real agressive but a little. please tell me what you think thanks.
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It's perfectly normal for a young iguana to go off feed for a while when moved into new surroundings. At that size, they're a prey item for just about anything bigger than they are, so tend to be pretty nervous until they come to the realization that you aren't going to eat them. I would keep him contained in his cage, at least until he settles in. Then let him roam some to explore once he's more comfortable with you. Personally, I wouldn't let him roam your herp room, at least not unsupervised. That's just asking for it. I don't know what kind of containment you use for your snakes, but iguanas are nosy and happy to jump on or climb over, and poop on just about anything. I've seen even small iguanas knock over aquariums, or tear screen tops, or otherwise do something destructive to allow for one of your snakes to escape.

As for what to feed, I'd drop the lettuce entirely and switch to a mix of dark leafy greens. Collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, turnip greens. They're pretty readily available at most any supermarket these days, even my Walmart here carries them. Most commercially produced iguana pellets are little more than corn meal with extra vitamins thrown in, which isn't very good for iguanas anyway. They're nice for a 'topping' to an otherwise healthy salad mix, to add some color and variety. You might want to try something sweet, like banana to entice him, or something colorful like strawberries... but those aren't something that should be fed all the time. There are many sites out there on iguana dietary needs and options.

We have a few iguana owners here, I'm sure some of them will have more to add.

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OK lets start with diet, as you have it all wrong.

"caned green beans and carrots also fresh leaf lettuce red lettuce. honey dew , cantelope,onions, all choped to proper size along with comercial pellets."

Other than honey dew and cantaloupe, don't feed any of these ever. Get fresh green beens canned are cooked and aren't good for your ig. Onions will upset their stomach, and most commercial pellets contain animal by products which are a huge no no for igs, it kills their kidneys. lettuce is just water, don't give it also stay away from spinach it binds calcium.

As ravnos said give dark leafy greens, as most of their diet, you can top with a strawberry (even the stem) or other fruits.

Stay away from acidic fruits such as tomatoes and grapefruit.

OK now for lighting. You need a UVB bulb it has to say UVB not full spectrum or UV get a 10.0 florissant one not a compact one they can harm their eyes.

how big is your cage? full grown you will need a very large cage, something around 5'x4'x6' tall.

don't use the vitamin spay, its not good for them, you should get a calcium powder that is 100 % calcium with no phospherous. You will find that nothing made for iguanas is good for iguanas. In my cage for my iguana the only thing made for reptiles is the lights.

It is perfectly normal for your ig not to have eaten yet especially if you are handling them. some things to look for in body language is freezing up (scared stiff in other words) and closing the eye closest to you. both things are to ignore you and hope that you wont see them. i would stop handling him for a week so he becomes comfortable in his cage then start slow. He will puff up, tail whip, and run away. Just go in the cage to change the water and clean out poop. slowly you will be able to put your hand around him with out him freaking out and running and then you can start slowly stroking but never go in from the top as they will think you are looking to grab and eat them.

With him being so little it is not unusual for him not to be aggressive yet, he is still in freeze mode. He won't move a muscle in hopes that you don't see him. It is their camouflaging.

Make sure the pieces are cut very small. I will post links to a caresheet and several of my threads about my iguana. hold on.

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The best book for iguanas is "Green Iguana—The Ultimate Owner's Manual by James W. Hatfield III" (http://www.iguana.com/) you can buy online or at pet stores it has great information that you can refer to for the whole life of the iguana, and is a great thing to read when you are waiting for that whole week with out messing with you little ig.

add these too your favorites

best care sheet out there.
http://reptileguides.herpcenter.com/showthread.php?t=39

the green iguana society website:
http://www.greenigsociety.org/

Some of my threads:
when i first got kerm and her first home
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/i...ome-39056.html

Bactieral infection
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/h...ied-38966.html

My biggest scare!
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/i...aby-39806.html

Baths
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/i...ing-39357.html

Frustration with handling
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/i...now-40702.html

Don't let your ig sit on your head it makes them feel like top lizard!
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/u...mit-43213.html

first break threw with taming (after like 6 months of having her!)
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/h...mer-47138.html

Needs a bigger cage
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/k...ome-48679.html

her current cage
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/k...ome-49025.html

and pics!
http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f89/a...rmo-50111.html

Look or don't look its ok, i was thinking how i wish i had this when i first got kermit.

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