Post by loveiguanas on May 10, 2019 8:20:51 GMT -8
My name is Vanessa Price, 23 years old and I have a 1 year old Iguana called Oakley.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio to a family who are magnets (and total softies!) for stray animals, so I has now dedicated my life to caring for pets. At one time as a child in addition to cats and dogs, the family had bunnies, chickens, and guinea pigs. Nice to meet all you here
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on May 11, 2019 19:29:14 GMT -8
I have much respect for your dedication to care for animals! There are a lot of reptiles out there that need rescuing and rehabilitating and even more people who need to know how to properly care for their reptiles. There's not a whole of of action on this forum but I'm here to answer questions and help where I can. I took a peek at your blog and, wow, you have a lot of information! It looks like you've been doing research for a while now! I did the same thing before I got my iguana, Gwendolyn, many years ago. I had her for 10 years and she passed away a few years ago when she was about 18 years old.
There's a lot of good information in this forum for your research I've learned over the years that some of the most important things for new iguana owners to know is an iguana's proper diet, lighting requirements, and temperature requirements. I didn't read everything on your blog but some important facts to note are that unless they have an outdoor enclosure with access to natural sunlight they absolutely need a UVB lamp to absorb enough calcium. Light coming through a window or even a screen is not sufficient for healthy calcium absorption. Metabolic Bones Disease is an unfortunately very common and painful health issue with iguana's that don't have the right UVB lighting.
Metabolic Bone Disease can also occur with an improper diet and heating. An iguana's enclosure should have a range of temperatures from 95 degrees (basking spot) to cooler shade around 70 degrees. 40 degrees is freezing to an iguana and they shouldn't be in those conditions. They are cold blooded and quite slow to realize when they are in a temperature that is too cold or hot for them and that can be dangerous.