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RE: Rescue Iguana

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Posted by: PHFaust at Mon May 18 10:37:57 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHFaust ]  
   

>>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.
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Can you shoot a clear photo? This could be old scar tissue, however it could be necrotic tissue as well from an old wound or abcess. This is really hard to say if it is something of concern with out seeing it. Is there any swelling or drainage? Any tenderness to the touch?


>>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.
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I wouldnt be too concerned. Underweight iguana exploring is just tasting to see if it is worth it. As long as there is no posturing or bobbing, I would be apt to say he is merely testing the food so to speak. It would be a small light nibble.
>>As for the habitat:
>>Basking temp: 95F
>>Cool area: 75-80F
>>Humidity: 75-80%
>>Night time temp: 65F
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>>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.
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>>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!

Nice mix on diet. I would keep the greens in a rotation switching week to week just to offer the variety. You can also look at offering some chopped parsnip or winter squashes. THey are far better than the yellow and zucchini. Also I am not a fan of offering many grapes. Grapes are known to cause kidney issues in mammals so I just limit my offerings to my reptiles and husband. I tend to offer more berries, but I do mix up what they are given by what looks nice and fresh. Since fruit is a small portion of their diet, a wide variety is nice. I also offer rep-cal pellets as well as their veggies.
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