I've had a juvinile iguana for maybe a few months now..not exactly sure how old it is, or what gender just yet. S/he is about a little over a foot. Usually, it has a reall dark hard..from the neck up. It's not a black..but it's very very dark, pretty close to black sometimes. His face the same color, with very little green around the eyes. S/he eats fine, and poops fine. USually, s/he is active....walks around the cage, climbs on branches, but soemtimes I see it laying in the subscrete looking half dead, or just laying there with it's eyes closed. But like I said, he eats great and bathrooms great. And when I take it out, it loves to climb and crawl aroudn on me. Just the color freaks me out, and the way it lays around sometimes on the bottom freaks me out. S/he is in a 40 gallon tank, and a heat lamp with a 75 watt bulb..along with a uvb tube on the one side. Please help
Post by IguanaKing on Jun 18, 2010 20:27:47 GMT -8
Hello Drummer! Welcome to IZ!
The color of the head and the lethargic behavior of your iggy could be any number of things. Can you tell us some more about your situation? What kind of substrate do you have in the tank? Another concern is the 40 gallon tank. Although it can be OK for short-term living in an emergency, its not really an ideal living environment for an iguana. The main reason is that such a relatively small tank makes it impossible for your ig to properly thermoregulate. Thermoregulation can drastically affect color and energy levels. But there could very well be something else going on there. If you could give us a summary of what you have for a substrate, the exact foods included in the ig's diet, the snout-to-vent length, how much it eats every day...and maybe include some pics, I'm sure one of us can help.
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The darker body often indicates stress. Which like mentioned about could have to do with not having enough room to move about / thermoregulate. He really needs a much larger enclosure.
My advice, take him to a (herp) vet to have him checked out. Best thing you can do for him.
Darkening of the body is not always stress related, sometimes they will darken to thermoregulate. The darker their skin the easier they can absorb sunlight/light. Kind of like when we wear a black shirt it attracts heat. Drummer, along with the info that IK asked for please include your tak temps, cool side and under the basking light.