I have just been reading about some of the igs for adoption or looking for foster homes
If I had the room, and the money, I would take them all! Poor babies It makes me so mad to read some of these. I realize that sometimes things happen that are beyond our control, but when the excuse is "she's getting to big or too expensive to take care of", that really pisses me off. What in the h*** were these people thinking? Even I knew (before research) that igs get HUGE. There was even one that a lady had gotten from her garbage man. He had found it thrown out with trash!
When we got Kyo (yes, we bought her...if we had only known...but then, we wouldn't have HER ) both my husband and I regarded it as having another child...something that we would be committed to for the next (hopefully) 15-20 years. And with a disabled husband and three kids, no, there isn't alot of money in this hh. But we have always managed.
Oh, and "she is too aggressive" handled "no". Of course she's going to be aggressive! grrrrr! You've been keeping a three foot iguana in a 50 gallon tank, you idiot!
I am sorry for rambling this way, thanks for listening.
Yes Cyndi, it is infuriating. People shouldn't have animals of any kind if they aren't willing to accept responsibility for the critter for it's entire life. I don't understand how people can NOT love and keep their pets.
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Cyndi that is the problem right there, they weren't thinking!
Far too many iguanas are bought on a whim, or as a pet for a child, >:(by people that have no idea what they are buying. The fact that the cute little green lizard is going to G--R--O--W doesn't occur to them! Or they were told by some ******* dealer that if kept in a 10 gal tank it would not grow!
And besides it's only a lizard!(that one gets me in "urge to kill" mode every time!)
It is infuriating, isn't it, and sad, too. Whenever my husband and I go into a pet shop, if we see anyone hanging around the baby iggies we hang around too and make sure they get all the right information. I am proud to say that we have already talked several people *out* of taking a baby home, and handed out good information to those who really seemed interested in getting an iguana. I just wish we could do more.
Well I try to tell people that if your going to get one remember that it will live for 20 years plus if taken care of right and it will grow to be 6ft long and need it own bedroom in hope these people think twice about what they are doing but sometimes they get to big and males especially get to aggressive and they can not handle them anymore that were we come in we have them and love them and remember what they need to deal with them. Well that what happen to me.
I had to go back to our local pet shop yesterday, and the poor iggy was gone (I had posted about this "lovely" place in a different section). No one would tell me if it was purchased, died, or animal control came for it (I had reported it).
Unfortunately, now the place has three of the most adorable hatchlings! I have never seen an ig that small! I asked where they purchased their reptiles from, and again got no answer.
But one good thing has come of this. There were fresh greens in the reptarium! And not a cricket in sight! And they actually had a water bowl!
So maybe some of my rather "loud" conversations with whoever I was with have paid off ;D
"And besides it's only a lizard!" or a bug, or a snake.
I have to admit that I was one of these people up until about 4 years ago Then the bug collection school projects started. Trying to pin those poor things was awful (even tho they were dead). And I could never think of a reptile as having a personality. Until we started researching.
Well, I am now proud to admit that not only am I the town's "bug lady", but now I'm the "lizard lady" too We have continued the bug collecting (but now we catch, identifiy, photo and release), and every summer there are kids here looking for help identifying their bugs (that's the excuse this year, they really want to see the lizards!). And I swear that Kyo eats it up! She loves the attention The leopard geckos come out of their sleeping spot whenever someone comes in the room, and start trying to climb the glass. They want to come out and play!
How could anyone think that they don't have personalities? How stupid I was!
Thanks, Merlin! We've been lucky so far, the worst that's happened to us is we've gotten a few dirty looks from employees.
Cyndi! Let's hope that iggy is in a better place now, wherever that place may be. And congratulations for making a differnce to those three babies who at least have the right food available now. Good work!
I, a 5'8" clean cut guy weighing it at a whole 130 with jeans and boots on, was treated with a sense of aww when I went into buy Bob's harness with Bob on my shoulder. They did not even seem to mind when I talked a couple out of buying an ig.
Post by Kerrydaktyl on May 25, 2004 2:39:00 GMT -8
Over here in the Uk Ive not seen any baby igs for sale luckily, I know my local shop doesnt stock them. Alot of the reptile have a permanent resident adult male that would put people off anyway! When our shop babysit Don for us they say he gets 'sold' to loads of people!
I know what you mean though, its not their fault that they grow! Ive even heard of one that got really big and it was because it was riddled with mbd, when it died and was opened up its bones were all deformed and bobbley, which meant on the outside it was built like a labrador
When I hear of the pet shops feeding them wrong that really infuriates me! Theyre the ones that are supposed to know about what they sell (if they did they wouldnt sell them). Customers look to the staff to teach them how to look after the animals, GRRR!!
Its the same with boscs, they do look really small and cute. In our local shop there is a warning on the viv though. Thats all it would take, a notice on the viv about what they will be like when they grow up, and what you will have to feed em etc.
I used to have pet mice, and I have fish at the mo too, and all creatures have a certain amount of personality and their own little habbits. But the bigger the animal, the more personality it has, Dons almost dog like in that catagory!
Post by prism_wolf on May 29, 2004 14:21:47 GMT -8
I am a charter member of the Beat a pet shop out of an ig sale! club.
I have done this on several occasions, too...and hope to continue the trend. When I brought Taji...the wildman...very aggressive "smaller" ig...to the youth village...I believe he helped get the point across to every kid there...about 15 of them...
I have been told I am somewhat intimidating, too. Also a tall biker looking chick with tattoos I get looks from a lot of folks. Then going into the babble of ig care and requirements just boggles them. After the initial objection from the few salespeople that had them...once I started in there was no rebukes from anyone...and onother potential customer looks for another beastie or walks out with nothing.