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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-16-2010, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rescue iguana wont eat.

I recently got an iguana from a friend at work. I asked him how well he was taking care of him. He told me he had him in a 55 gallon tank. He kept him by a window for sunning. I found out he didnt have a uvb bulb on him. He said he thought the sun would take care of that. I informed him that wasnt good. He has had it for about a year or so. I have had him for a week now in a cage I built. I got him a uvb bulb and heat bulb. He hasnt ate since I got him. He told me he wasnt eating that much. I know he is probably stressed. What is anybodies best advice for me to get him to eat. I am starting to get worried. I appreciate all and any help.

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Have you brought him to a vet?




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no. where I live there are no reptile vets around. He is still very green. He is active. But doent seem to have an appetite. It does look like he ate a little. Should I keep the uvb bulb on as much as possible to make up for lost time without it. Im not sure if too much is a bad thing.
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Just leave it on for a regular 12 hours. Leaving it on 24-7 is going to stress him out. By the way, what's the wattage of the bulb?

What's the temperature of the enclosure? How about the basking spot? What have you been trying to feed him?

If you want to keep an exotic like that, though, it's only fair to the animal to have access to good vet care.

http://www.exoticpetvet.com/
http://www.animalark.us/
http://www.animalhouseofchicago.com/
http://www.burnhamparkvet.com/

Those are all in Chicago, try one of them.




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what are you giving him to eat? and where are you keeping him?

They can get stressed if you are around too much, or trying to mess with them, or going in and out of the cage all the time.

The new cage, and new home, new person was a lot to ask of him to feel comfortable with.

Also how old/how big/ and is it a boy? It is breeding season around this time.

How big is your cage? they need a 4 foot by 6 foot by 6 foot tall cage as adults.

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Its a 26w exo terra 10.0 bulb about a foot from the basking spot. A 75 w heat lamp at about 90 degrees in the basking spot. He is about 8 inchs in the body and 20 inchs total. I feed him endive, collard greens, snap peas, strawberries, grapes, and canteloupe. The cage is about two feet by 3 feet by 3 feet tall with two upper levels. And a hiding spot.
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are you trying to handle at all?

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No I dont. He doesnt seem skinny. How much and how often do they usually eat. I give him new food everyday. Sometimes it looks like he might have eaten but not sure. the food just isnt in the same little pile it was in before. Not sure if he just walked through it or hit it with his tail. Like I said he is very green. Almost neon. How long is too long for him to not eat?
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Well I finally saw him eat. He ate about four or five bites of his food. Does that seem like enough? He is getting more and more active as time goes by.
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Kendalle, do you know if the Exo Terra UVBs are OK for iggies? I know that for beardies, those bulbs arent very good... Theyve been known to cause appetite issues. Im not sure if it is the same for iguanas, but personally I would stick with the ReptiSun brand. Those are one of the best



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There are a lot of different kinds, the long bulbs are better, the spiral or coiled ones aren't. They cause eye issues. I don't know of a bulb that causes appetite issues.

I have a reptisun as well i don't know much about exo terra


They can last a while with out eatting, just leave him alone n he shouldn't starve, if he starts loosing weight you'll have to take him to the vet

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I only have the 10.0 cause he is a bit from from the bulb. It is about a foot or so away.
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I had the same problem with my iguana I got him at the city fair he is very agressive and wont eat unless I put his food on his limb that he bask's on. I have even got him out and rubbed him untill he got calm then hand feed him. It worked. What are you feeding him? and what is the temp. in his cage? He will starve him self. I think you should try force feeding. Only if its been more than a week that he hasnt ate.And I have learned that if you leave and it very calm in the room you keep him he might eat.
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