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 New Baby Igs
Heather
Posted: May 23 2005, 08:57 PM


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Hi everyone. Sorry I've been so busy lately.

I got two new little igs today. Someone called me the other day syaing that they couldn't take care of them anymore so of course I couldn't refuse! I have an extra cage anyway. The babies are cute but very sick. I got them just a few hours ago and started cleaning out their new cage. It took forever as it hasn't been used in a while.

The other owners had been keeping them in a little bird cage with no UVB and probably only lettuce as the diet. Anyway, they were adorable when I got them. I am calling them the "twins" even though I doubt they are twins. One is healthier and a little bit bigger. His other owners called him the boy so I'm going with that for now, until I can think of names. lol. The smaller one will be Girl for now.

Here's pic #1. This is Boy Iguana's first bath (that I know of):
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You can see that he has a lot of dermatitis (skin infection) from being in a dirty habitat and trapped shedding, which causes infections. That's all the black stuff. It's all over his belly too. He's a fiesty one though!

Here's the two of them basking on my desk while I made more permanent arrangements for them. lol
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Boy Iguana is on the right and Girl Iguana is on the left. You can see she's a little less alert than he is. She's got a bad eye infection in her left eye, as well as dermatitis.

AND....Finally! A new house! Here they are staring in wonder at the fact that they can RUN and CLIMB! Amazing. They are also checking out their new water and food area. (Both are majorly important aspects of an iguana's life. wink.gif )
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I'm sure they both have MBD...if they were any bigger it would be a big problem but I think with the new UVB light and trips outside for some sunlight they'll be just fine. Also, these igs are more than a year old and are still the size of hatchlings. They should be more like the iguana in my avatar (3 feet or so).

Well, I think it's safe to say they are happy iguanas now! biggrin.gif
Heather


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blondi1336
Posted: May 27 2005, 01:20 PM


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Hi there Heather! Congrat's on the 'twins'. They are Very Precious! I am the owner of two green iguana's - Angel (F) and Pac-Man (M)...we've had them since Jan. '04 (approx 18 mo & 18 1/2 mo now, respectively). There is still so much to learn...I glean what I can every time I'm able! :-)but re: one of your comments about the new babies, can they really survive a year with being fed only real lettuce? I've seen another iguana at a softball game just a couple of weeks ago, but refrained saying anything about being too cool to have the guy outside...(we live in southern Michigan, 1 hr N. of Ohio border). He was such a little thing (7"snout to tail - guessing)...said that they had him since last November though. You seem to really know alot about green ig's. Thought that maybe I could e-mail you further questions. Read my iguana books & web pages, but nothing beats speaking to other iguana owner's (their "hands on" knowledge). Thank you for your time.
Sherri
Proud mother of two beautiful green iguana's :-))
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Heather
Posted: Jun 5 2005, 01:38 AM


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Hi Sherri. Sure you can drop me a line by email whenever you want. biggrin.gif

Igs can survive a long time on the wrong type of diet. They are like tortoises to some degree. I know it sounds cruel but they can take a long time to die. The little twins are looking good now though. I've been taking them outside to bask in the sun for about 30 minutes a day in addition to their UVB light. I'm a firm believer in natural is much better than artificial, and the girl is definately doing better because of it. She's eating a lot now and basking. The only issue I have with her now is that she sleeps on the floor of the cage. I's not really a problem it just bothers me. lol. I want her to sleep at my eye level so I can see her. But she's fine otherwise. Her eye is a little better, and the boy's skin problems are MUCH better.

So all's going well here. You should post some photos of your igs. smile.gif


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blondi1336
Posted: Jun 7 2005, 12:57 PM


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Thanks! I will post a picture of my two as soon as I finish off the film in my camera (by end of this month hopefully).
I'm very glad to hear that both of the babies are doing better. I hear what you are saying about the girl sleeping on the floor. One of mine used to lay there to...you can't help but think that it's 'wrong' for them to sleep there...I used to pick mine up and move him to the 'better area'...sometimes I would find him back down there again the next morning...silly iguana's! blink.gif
It's sad to think that there are people out there that knowingly mistreat this incredible creatures. They are so beautiful, unique, and precious Angel.gif
In regards to your statement of taking them outside for real sunlight/rays:
I do not have anything to keep mine in to 'cop some rays' (cage or "harness" wise). Is there an inexpensive way (husband's tired of me spending money on 'the guys') ...in order to let them be outside? Holding onto them is a bit out of the question... long story made short...tried that last year and two and a half hours later, four neighbors, one not so happy husband, & one cut tree limb - got the iguana down, live & safe - thank God! huh.gif lol (although not funny at the time - as you can well imagine!).
I look forward to hearing your idea's. Thank you in advance for your help. Sincerely, Sherri
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Heather
Posted: Jun 7 2005, 04:50 PM


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Hi Sherri. I'm trying to re-do the skin on this forum and get it up and running again. I've been slacking on it for while but now that I've got some free time I'm trying to work on it again. wink.gif

I definately know what you mean about runaway iguanas! I lost my first iguana, Cheech, for about a day before he was found in a neighbor's garage. It was a very stressful day.

The twins' other owners kept them in a little birdcage, so I just use that. It's one of those that is long rather than tall and I just put one end in the shade with some water and let them bask in the sunny end for 30 minutes or an hour. If you don't have an old birdcage, then you can open up a window (if you have a screen) and let them sit on the windowsill for a while. The screen will block out about 30% of the UVB but it's still better than nothing. Plus they might enjoy coming out for a while. If they are still not the type that will sit still, then I'm not sure what you could do. Small birdcages aren't too expensive, if you wanted to buy one.

Just make sure NOT to put him in a glass tank. Glass will overheat if you put it in the sun. Just as a side note (you probably know this already), glass and plexiglas block out almost all UVB rays, so make sure that there isn't any glass between your iguanas and their UV lights in their cage. I also wouldn't try a harness. Usually that just stressed them out since it feals like a predator grabbing them.


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malidas707
Posted: Jun 8 2005, 05:43 AM


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Hey Heather. Those babies are cute! Sorry I've been gone for so long. We should get this forum going again. Nice to meet you blondi and welcome to the forum. You should post in the introduciton forum about yourself and your igaunas. biggrin.gif -Mal
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blondi1336
Posted: Jun 10 2005, 09:15 AM


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Sorry to hear about Cheech...that was definately stressful on both you and he! I'm surprised that he was in a low/ground area!
I understand what you're saying. I had intended on buying harnesses for them, but there are too many legitimate reasons not to...good enough for me to change my mind.
I do have a glass tank from when I first brought them home...it never entered my mind I could use it until you mentioned it, lol. I actually was trying to devise a way that they could be outside on the ground and able to walk around safely. (I did remember last night that we once had a small wired dog cage. I will look for it over this weekend...hopefully we do still have it and I will try it out on the guys.)
I do let them both sit in the windows once or twice a week. Their cage is also situated 'depth wise' next to a window where the sun comes in every morning & afternoon & hit's their basking area.
Re: Housing: We used a 6' tall, 4' long, 2' depth metal shelving unit: plexi-glassed all sides (fronts have sliding doors). One iguana has the top two floors, other iguana has the bottom two floors (we switch them back and forth so no one get's stuck on the same level too long). They are able to climb a branch from their 'first floor' to their 'second floor', but they are only able to get around in their own two area's/floors.
From there, we cut out a 1'x2' ceiling section from above their favorit basking area, put chicken wire across that cut out area, so that their UVB & heating lamps sit on the wire just above them.
My only problem (now that the summer heat is here, their home is in my son's room & it get's pretty warm in there. We've had 91 degree weather (unusually high for us here in Michigan) a week now & it's driving me bonkers sad.gif knowing that 'the guys' need their heat, but concerned that it may hurt my my son being in it too much (he's 12 and hasn't complained, but I'm still overconcerned for him..being a mom and all ohmy.gif . Ok. Enough of my whining. Gotta go. Thanks for listening smile.gif All my best to you and yours! Sherri
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Heather
Posted: Jun 13 2005, 07:25 PM


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Sounds like a great habitat for them!

lol. 91 degrees is just right here in Mississippi. But it always feels like 110 because of the humidity. Are the iguana lights making the room that hot? It doesn't need to be that hot everywhere in the cage - just in the basking area. Everywhere else can drop down quite a bit.



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blondi1336
Posted: Jun 14 2005, 11:00 AM


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I hear what your saying Heather, lol. Yeah, it's the lights (100) combined with this wonderful hot muggy air that we've been getting. I know that I need to buy some lesser strength bulbs (60-75), but I've substituted ($ tight right now) by leaving their night-time (60) bulbs on 24hrs in order to keep the room's overall heat down ... the guys are doing great all around -heat, lighting, & UVB/sun wise - lol.
Yuck! I could not handle that type of heat on a regular basis!! How do you do it? ohmy.gif lol
Never did find the wire pen, but I did find some rubber coated chicken wire that I could use to fence them in - in the yard. I'll have to try it out this weekend. How are the babies doing? Still yet better? Anything new/positive come up? Thanks! smile.gif Sherri
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Heather
Posted: Jun 15 2005, 03:02 AM


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Oh they are still fine. I had a bit of a scare today - I accidentally left the bottom door to their cage open just a bit and they both got out. I found them nearby just a few hours later though. They are both just fine. smile.gif I'm not used to using that door and I forgot to close it. lol

Their skin problems are much better. I think the natural UVB has been the most helpful thing.



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flyinlizard1
Posted: Apr 2 2006, 02:33 PM


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Hi Heather Im Paul and after seeing your iggy with the skin problems It is very similar to what my little girl, Clara Belle, looks like . She is a rescue and coming along nicely. Does have some nasty burns, old and healing, but she does have some dark areas like yours. Are u doing anything in particular to speed healing? Right now I am treating for coccidia, parasite, and have one more round of anti-biotic to go. Shes eating well not de-hydrated , hates the tub , active, checks out everything, etc.. Temps and lighting are good both day and night. thumbup.gif thanks
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jakiky
Posted: Jun 28 2006, 03:39 PM


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hi heather my name is John and i just read your post about your "twins" well your situation is excactely the same as mine. I bought my ig jub jub about a week ago in a local pet shop in ireland. one week ago I was compeletely naive as to the needs of iguanas. the woman in the petshop sold me a small tank with a 15 watt bulb it wasnt until I researched the needs of these critters i realised how far off the mark I was. Since then I have built much bigger encloser I have installed a 100 wat basking bulb and 2 uv tubes and a cereramic heat emmiter for night .i am misting him every evening and bathed him last night.But alas he is not eating for me and like yours one of his eyes is closed and appears infected. To try and sort this i have got a calcium supplement which I put in his water and sprayed over him as directed and am seriously thinking about liquidising some dandelion leaves an iguana pelllets and syringe feeding him. i really dont want to lose him i rang several vets in my area but they told me I had to see a herp vet and the only one in the country is 120 miles away. Any advice or help would be gratefully recieved
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