As some of you may remember...and maybe not...that I had an educational dooey with some kids from the Youth Village as the last visit as a thank you for the food they raised for the Humane Soc. I am Vice Pres. of. These are kids in less than ideal home situations and have really been enjoying the animals I have brought in.
I started with ferrets...next was the ball python and African pygmy hedgehog...then the igs this last time.
Zair had done well for still coming out of breeding season. Was nippy a couple of times, but this was a good thing. He's supposed to be my "tame" ig I had from near hatchling. The talk went well. They saw the pics of serious ig bites from GIS I got permission to use.
After the general information and Q&A I brought out the wild man...Taji! He performed perfectly! He lunged at me while getting him out of the carrier, he tried his hardest to bite and just ended with a mouthful of Ig Gear arm guard. I was able to show the kids his teeth and tongue...and left bloody from his claws...even with the ig grips on.
I think they have a better appreciation for what a good pet they DO NOT make.
lol Veronica! Only a true ig lover can say "the ig tried to eat me, it was a perfect day" ;D
The claw marks all over my wrists started an ig conversation with the cashier at WalMart this morning. She said her son was trying to talk her into getting one, to which my 5 yr old replied "That's not a good idea, they are too hard to take care of, AND they bite!" ;D So I was able to get in a 90 second crash course on iguana care before emptying my bank account.
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Not only should children not raise iguanas, but a lot of adults too. Yesterday, my wife and I had our vet tech study group meet at our house for the first time, and Zilla was an instant hit. They couldn't believe how big and beautiful an iguana can get. One girl (27 years old) said she wished she would have gotten the one that she turned down a week earlier. Now you think being a vet tech would qualify a person as a responsible pet owner, and I'm sure she is. But her focus is in equine and small animal practices and not exotics. I hope I dissuaded her when I told her everything that had to go into raising an iguana and just how expensive it is. I've worked with large cats (Lions and tigers) and they are nothing compared to taking care and meeting the needs of a green iguana. Only special people who truly love herpetivores and are willing to put the hard work of research and time for their pets can raise a healthy, happy iguana. Personally, I will continue to try to educate people on green iguanas and all other reptiles in the herp world to make this a better place for them whether captive or wild. I'm glad to hear you guys (And gals) doing the same.