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Rescue Iguana

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Posted by: mk_ms_reptile at Sun May 17 23:02:37 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mk_ms_reptile ]  
   

About three weeks ago I rescued a juvenile iguana from a lady who was not taking very good care of him. I work at a pet store and she abandoned him there. He was skinny and she said she used no UVA/UVB lighting for him and was feeding him only romaine lettuce. The tip of his tail was also missing due to "tail whipping" although he has not once whipped me.

He's gained a lot of weight and his colour's improved a lot. What worries me is that on his knee and on his tail he has a small spot where he's missing scales and it's a dark gray, almost black colour, like the scales are worn away in those spots. I thought it might have been due to a bad shed but he's shed twice since I got him and the spot still looks pretty much the same.

Another issue I have with him is when I have him out he rubs his nose on either my arm or leg and bites my clothing right afterward. It's not hard but it's a quick nibble and he'll normally do it a few times in a row. He's never bit my skin, just on my clothing. I don't wear any brightly coloured clothing so I'm not quite too sure what to make of it. I am not positive that he is really a he. I never had an iguana before so I'm not too familiar with their body language, although I have done a ton of research on them.

As for the habitat:
Basking temp: 95F
Cool area: 75-80F
Humidity: 75-80%
Night time temp: 65F

Diet: Collared greens, mustard greens, kale,zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, blackberries, papaya, mango, green peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, fresh green beans, banana (rarely), green grapes, red grapes, raspberries, and carrot tops.

Anything else that anyone can suggest as far as feeding goes too? I just worry I'm not doing enough to make sure he is healthy.
Thanks!


   

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