Post by WillemsMom on Jul 28, 2004 16:28:22 GMT -8
As I've said before, Willie is eating poorly. Also he rams around in his enclosure and in his outside mesh enclosure. Very frequently hitting the sides of each hard. He developed a bruise mark. The other day I thought the black and blue mark on his rostrum was healing, the dark skin was beginning to peal off. I took him outside in his mesh enclosure and he was fine until I moved too fast. Oh Oh.... he began ramming hard and started his rostrum bleeding. Not just bruised it, but started it bleeding.
Ok..here's the problem. His poor appetite worried me more than usual today, so I decided to try to feed him on my lap. I had made him some mush of acorn squash, butternut squash ( both cooked ) cream of wheat..loaded wifh calcium.. and baby peas. When I had him in my arm and offerred him the plate of food, to my shock he began to GOBBLE it up. He ate really aggressively. Reaching and stretching for more bites. Here is my concern.....I could see his tongue. It is bright red, bordering on purple. It looks like mine feels if I've burnt my tongue on pizza. Willie hasn't had anything hot and he ate so well, it's hard to think it hurt him. Now after all that...is it possible with all his banging around that he also injured his tongue?
( I have to tell you it was a thrill to have him eat so well while I was holding him. )
Post by WillemsMom on Jul 30, 2004 14:04:20 GMT -8
I did a google search on iguanas' tongues. MK has a paragraph about igs tongues and says that the tip of their tongue will get a deeper red as the iguana matures. About 2 years old. (my interpretation of what she wrote.) She, or someone else, also posted that their mouths will become a brighter pink. Whew! That is a big relief to me. My little guy is ok. His lip and rostrum just have to heal.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2004 14:05:52 GMT -8 by WillemsMom
Tesa, Dear, I know you would have replied to me as soon as you could. Your pics of Thrasher's tongue is reassuring to me. Willie's tongue is pinker, but not worriesome to me anymore. I sure wish he would eat the way he used to. When his lip injury heals more, I'll take him for a check-up. If I take him now, I''m afraid he'll start his nose bleeding again. I have to wash his funny little face now. It's orange around his mouth from the butternut squash. Love you, Tesa, and thanks for caring.