My best friend ever.

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RoxyTheDog replied the topic: My best friend ever.

Wow 20 years is a long time for a pet anything.

Great pics, glad you have another one now too.

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Nina_W replied the topic: My best friend ever.

Such a lovely way to remember a pet :)

Thanks for sharing!
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ehall67 wrote: AWESOME I love that guy he looks so cool!

good personality? did he great you when you got home? did he have free reign of the house? I have no real info on them other then normal anatomy stuff!

he was so big to cool!


Heh, thanks. :)

Awwright, you and kjkramer asked for more details. I gave them free reign of the house whenever we were home, but since I had two males, I had to be sure to keep them separated or they would fight. Iguanas are arboreal in the wild and are very good at climbing, so you have to be sure not to have any valuable fragile objects in places where they can climb up and knock them to the floor.

When we were gone, they each had a large wire cage with shelves for basking under their heat and UV light.

They don't really vocalize any sort of noise, but communicate by an elaborate series of head bobbing. Yes, they greeted us with a big head bob when they saw us.

Ig loved to be outside, and would sit in the yard and bask in the sun. When he had enough, or got to hot, he would actually come to the front door and scratch on it. Sometime he would even climb back into his own cage. Tiny has always been frightened when we took him outside, but he is getting much braver now that Ig is gone. We can actually put him down outside now and he is calm, but I still won't leave him alone outside.

They both went through a very aggressive phase when they were younger. As they got older and became used to being handled, they calmed down, but Tiny can still get a "mad on" occasionally.

As far as house training, we have had very few accidents. Usually we give them a soak in the bathtub once or twice a week, and they would poop in there. The rest of the time they would just go in the bottom of their cages. Ig would only poop about twice a week. Not sure why he held on to it for so long. It definitely wasn't gold. ;-)

I definitely don't recommend keeping two males together in the same house. One will become dominant, and they will fight. Unfortunately, it's near impossible to sex them until they reach sexual maturity. Once that happens, the males get the great big fat jowls and a big dewlap, while females look more streamlined.

It's funny to watch Tiny patrol the house when we get home from work and let him out. I think he's still looking for Ig or any other male iguana who would dare invade his territory.

Tiny hates the sound of the lawnmower, and if he happens to be out of his cage when I mow, he usually runs and hides under the bed, and it's a PITA to get him out from under it (king size bed).

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ehall67 replied the topic: My best friend ever.

Wow thanks for that! learn something new everyday!!

that seems like an awesome pet! way to cool! especially that Ig would come back when he was done being outside! thats intelligent!

Anyway I guess the only other question would be do you bleed if they bite you?

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ehall67 wrote: Wow thanks for that! learn something new everyday!!

that seems like an awesome pet! way to cool! especially that Ig would come back when he was done being outside! thats intelligent!

Anyway I guess the only other question would be do you bleed if they bite you?


Yes, indeed. It's hard to see them even when they open their mouth, but they have very small, sharp teeth. Iguanas don't chew their food. In the wild, they just tear leaves off and basically swallow whatever they can get in their mouth (kinda like Oscars, lol).

When they bite you, it's like getting cut by a razor, not very deep, but it bleeds a lot.

They really aren't good pets for children. They are super cute when they are babies, but get really big and often get aggressive, especially males. Lots of people bought them in the 80's and 90's, found out the hard way how big they got, neglected them and/or released them into the wild. I understand south Florida has quite a population of iguanas now. :-/

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robham7770 replied the topic: My best friend ever.

That guy was awesome! Do you keep any other herps? I just went to a repticon show a couple of weeks ago and did not see anything that even came close to your lizard. I hate you lost him, I still get choked up over my lab/goldie mix even after 5 years.
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kjkramer replied the topic: My best friend ever.

Thanks for the details. I had zero idea about them and now I learned quite a bit. Very cool. Thanks again.
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ehh replied the topic: My best friend ever.

Good for you for keeping him alive so long. You were definitely doing something right.

Goranothos wrote: I think that is why we don't see very many iguanas for sale these days in pet stores, and that is for the best, IMO.


I hate when order them where I work. They usually sell to some idiot buying it for their kid.
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sdraiders619 replied the topic: My best friend ever.

We have the same problem where I work ehh, but with chinese water dragons, we never order iguanas
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ehall67 replied the topic: My best friend ever.

lol all bad ... o well I guess fish can do damage also! just look at Tom

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