yeah I know, but when I put the food on the bottom he rarely eats... When I put it on top with him he eats the whole bowl of food. He doesn't climb down and I'm afraid he'll starve up there. He had a hard life when he was younger in a school science lab. Not that he had experiments done on him or anything but he's missing a lot of his toes among other things, I just feel like hes handicapped, when he does go to climb down, he falls half the time and a 6 foot drop doesn't seem fun to me... Maybe I'll stop babying him... I don't know what's best.
Post by prism_wolf on Jan 31, 2009 22:50:34 GMT -8
For years I let Zair eat on the top shelf. He did fine up there. He ate well. He grew. In a different cage he now eats on the floor. He has deformed toes and doesn't have the greatest grip with his front feet, but iguanas are pretty clumsy by nature anyway. I think they LIKE to thud to the floor.
I personally don't see anything wrong with top-shelf feeding. I did this for about 7-8 yrs with Zair and none the worse for wear.
I wasn't aware that there were climbing issues. Have you tried building him ramps instead of branches? If he is having that much trouble than feeding up top will be fine. By the way, Zok has no problems with her toes and still will drop and plop! Noisy darned lizard!
He has different things for climbing, not to mention the whole thing is made of wire that he can climb on. and I even have like 5 levels that he could climb to rather then falling to the bottom.. but maybe I'll switch it up and feed top one week and bottom the other, that way if he doesn't climb down to eat, he won't starve.