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yeah, this may perhaps be better suited in the companion animals area, so if need be, move it...but otherwise i thought this got more traffic and i need some quick answers.<br><br><br><br>
somebody found an iguana in their backyard...uh (NOT in the tropics!) and now my friend is housing it in his bathroom for the time being. but he is trying to find it a home.<br><br><br><br>
now, of course i'd glady take the little guy..but have no idea what care they require. i'd have to get a cage ( i hate that word) which i think is pretty much taken care of - and it's a BIG one. but what exactly do i need to know about these things. are they insanely expensive? will my cat hate it? tell me tell me!<br><br><br><br>
i would love to take care of it and told him unless he found someone more willing than me who would actually CARE for it, don't give it to anyone else....<br><br><br><br>
so?
 

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i like your avatar..really pretty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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My bio teacher in high school had an iguana. It was a little one, but I can share the little bit that I know.<br><br><br><br>
They love things to climb on and they need a lot of space if they're really big. Like, a *lot* of space. Maybe get some chicken wire and some big branches and make an enclosure somewhere warm. The smaller ones need a heat source, so it'd be reasonable to assume a bigger one would need some sort of lamp for sunning themselves too.<br><br><br><br>
They're herbivorous, so they'll be perfectly happy eating lettuce and some kinds of fruit. I'm not certain about the particulars of their diet, special needs and so on, or things that they can't eat.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! Iguanas are really cool.
 

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thanks snowbunny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> i like yours too!<br><br><br><br>
and thanks astarte...the cage i would use is actually- this sounds really bad and i don't agree one bit with this..but it's a flying squirrel cage (don't worry- not mine!) and the iguana is pretty small so i'm sure he'd be cool in there.<br><br><br><br>
he just roams the bathroom now at my friends place...so i'd feel comfortable letting him wander around if i was watching him...<br><br><br><br>
yeah, i want to take him in...not sure if the rents would be too cool about it but hey! tough !
 

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Okay, so maybe I'm wrong! LOL<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/1240/" target="_blank">http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/1240/</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://petplace.netscape.com/Articles/artShow.asp?artID=963" target="_blank">http://petplace.netscape.com/Article....asp?artID=963</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.winrosevet.com/Iguanas.htm" target="_blank">http://www.winrosevet.com/Iguanas.htm</a>
 

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Don't know much about iguanas, but here's my limited knowledge:<br><br><br><br>
Iguanas are illegal in certain areas--in Omaha, only certain breeds of iguanas are legal and only if they're less than a certain length head to tip of tail, so check around and see if you can even have them. If not, it's going to be devilish trying to get supplies.<br><br><br><br>
Iguanas can be litter trained and can learn to get along with other animals, but I wouldn't leave the iguana and your cat alone together as they could do some serious damage to one another. Litter training isn't really the same for reptiles as it is for cats--many reptiles actually prefer to do their business in a pool of shallow water, so check around online to see what's best for iguanas.<br><br><br><br>
You should be able to find commercially prepared Iguana feed and you can also feed fruits and veggies, but check online to make sure you're feeding the right stuff.<br><br><br><br>
Iguanas need a low-protein diet--too much protein and they develop kidney problems (kind of like humans).<br><br><br><br>
If it's cool where you are, you might want to invest in a heat lamp and/or heat stone. You can get both at your local pet supply store. Heat stones are fake rocks that are slightly heated that many reptiles like to lay on. You can get one for under $20.<br><br><br><br>
If you let the iguana roam about free (as I encourage you to do), make sure you don't have little bits of things lying about. My aunt is a vet and once when I was visiting her, I helped her take care of an iguana that had swallowed some rifle pellet. Apparently iguanas are fond of swallowing things and the rifle pellet ended up killing the poor thing. This goes for pen caps, the little plastic clippy things that come on bread, staples, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Not sure if it's the iguana itself or the iguana droppings, but they can be toxic and fatal to babies, so if you have the iguana and get pregnant, find someone to keep the iguana while you are pregnant and until the baby is at least a year old.<br><br><br><br>
You should be able to find loads of info online, so check around. Good luck and be sure to post some pics if you end up taking it!
 

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i wonder if it got loose from someone in the neighbourhood of where it was found. maybe someone's looking for it, i'd maybe put some posters around, if someone paid a lot of money for it they might be pretty upset about losing it.<br><br><br><br>
but failing that if you keep it yes definately post pics <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> do you know what breed it is so you can find out how big they get? if it's not fully grown yet you might be in for a shock
 

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thanks for all the info and links. ya guys rock!<br><br><br><br>
i'd post something, but it was found about 4 hours away apparently. i'm gonna talk to my vet -like friend and see if she has any extra info too. i really dont want him to give it to some random college chick or guy cause i know most wouldnt really take care of it...<br><br><br><br>
thanks again!
 

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My brother had an iguana once that was a total jerk. Any time we tried to handle it, it would lash at us with its tail. We kept it in a large aquarium with 2 or 3 snakes.<br><br>
Later, my father got me an iguana of my own. I named him Blues and he had beautiful coloring. We got him younger than my brothers iguana had been and I handled him often. He was great. I bought a harness for him and took him everywhere on my shoulder. Blues had a glass aquarium with a heat lamp and hot rock. I would rotate climbing objects for him. His cage had to be cleaned often because of the smell. I fed him veggies, some stuff called monkey chow and some kind of iguana food. Blues was great. It is just important that you are consistent with the handling. I have seen some HUGE iguanas. From what I understand, they grow according to their environment. Keep us posted.
 

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"If you let the iguana roam about free (as I encourage you to do), make sure you don't have little bits of things lying about"<br><br><br><br>
I would strongly recommend not letting the iguana roam free. Digestion process is broken down by bacteria (quite similar to a cow) which means they pass salmonella. If you do let them run, keep them out of the kitchen and away from small children. You may want to confine to one room and take out for daily walks and let them bask in plenty of sun. An inside/outside cage makes for ideal/ suitable living conditions. If you don't get outside often, it is essential to purchase a UV light. Iguanas need UV or they will quickly die. Also, food can be tricky. Iguanas are strictly veggies, they will eat any type of greens and fruits. However, things such as lettuce really have no nutritional value...don't go with too much dark greens either or iguanas quickly develop thyroid disorders. Iguana diets are difficult, so I would strongly recommend visiting a pet store that specializes in herptology products. There are now manufactured foods available that meet all of the needs of the iguanas diet.
 

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Oh one last thing, avoid heat stones at all costs. This is a misconception about iguanas. The heat stones may be good for other reptiles such as snakes, but iguanas do not have the senorsy ability in their scales to detect when their bodies are becoming too warm. They will lay on these death stones until their underbody is scorched beyond recognition. Even shedding cycles will not repair the affected skin. AVOID HEAT ROCKS!! Rocking in KC.
 

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thanks, KC. is it okay to keep the cage outside? obviously not out in themiddle of the yard or anything, but for sun, just put him out there like an hour or more? a day? i'll definitely have to do some research before figuring everything out.
 

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Yea, a few hours a day is perfect. Make sure and stick some branches etc in the cage, they like to climb toward the sun. Iguanas are good at regulating their body temperatures, they will climb up bask for a while and then take a dip in a water bowl and then perhaps seek some shade. You may want to cover half of the cage so they can hit the shade too and have a place to cool down. If you prefer to have the iguana indoors all the time, go to the herp store and there will be UV lights for iguanas. The UV light will simulate the sun and generate the necessary life functioning chemicals/enzymnes within the iguana. I had an iguana for several years before my son was born (had to give up, too risky with the salom...(posted above). So approx 3 years ago the lights cost about $ 7- 10, but will last for several months.
 

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My bf has an iguana and the little guy loves his heat rock. and my bf was told to watch the UV light bc Steve could burn himself badly on that. He is such a picky eater, He loves broccoli and carrots and his Iguana food. I will post pictures of him and his home. Best of luck with it Funk! I hope everyone helped you out, I would also get some books on them.
 

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I know someone that has an iguana and it is a huge one! They let it roam freely around the house and do whatever it wants to do basically because it is housebroken and pretty well behaved. It gets along with their cats just fine too, but it was raised around them. The problem is that even when wild animals like this are hand raised, they can still have a temper. This one actually bit the guys ear one night, because I guess it got up onto his bed while he was sleeping, and i don't know if he like unintentionally hit it or rolled on it or something, but it bit his ear pretty good. And then my other friend had to take it for a while because the guy moved into a new place for a short period of time and couldn't keep it there because no pets where allowed, and so my other friend took it until the guy could find a place where he could keep it at. Anyway the iguana bit my friends brother on the arm pretty good, it was way bloody and gross, but I don't think he ended up having to get stitches. Anyway, if you are going to get it just realize how much work they are, how big they are going to get, and that even if they seem friendly, they can turn or be provocted easily.
 

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This isn't really helpful,<br><br>
but my next door neibhoors a couple of years ago had one. It just sat in the window sill all day long everyday. It was so cute. You would walk past my apartment with the birds perched on the couch and then you would walk past my nebiorbors with the igauna hanging out in the windowsill. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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