First order of business is you REALLY need a bigger enclosure! In that small of a tank it is going to be next to impossible to maintain a proper temperature gradient. And iguanas are an arborial species. Being flat on the ground makes them feel vulnerable.
I understand what you are saying Merlin, but the vet said he can't be climbing because of his broken spine. He has to be flat and enclose so he doesn't move to much and his back can get some heeling. I put a log so that he can be closer to the light and thats where he spends most of the day.
You do need a bigger enclosure, to be able to have the proper varied temps. And yes keep him to flat surfaces for now, Im not sure Merlin was aware of the injuries. However it may help if you move the tank itself up to a higher location. How is the pooping coming along?
Yup...no less than a 50. It's been tested by another rehabber that a 50 is the minimum size for being able to get the temperature gradients right. Other than the tank size I certainly agree with your vet. While healing the possibility of another fall could definitely NOT be in this igs best interest!
Indeed! I stand corrected due to the severity of the injuries with regard to climbing! And good for you for going the distance to try and help this one!
However the size of the tank is still inadequate. When you heat up the one end to the required basking temps, th other end heats up as well and the ig has nowhere to go to cool off a bit. Its a tricky balancing act that we have to play to keep these guys healthy
My next step is to get a 50 gallon tank but here they are expensive. I am working my way little by little, hopefully will be able to make a cage soon. At least I can pick it up, bath it, it's eating right and the pooping is good. I also spray him very so often to keep him wet and I gotta say he loves that log. About getting his cage of the ground, Right now he's in our room and away from the dogs, but I wanna have him in the living room and on top of some furniture or a built cage where the dog can't bother him.
I wanna thank you all for helping me out with this little guy. He's been a hand full but hes coming along. Thanks again...
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2008 6:11:42 GMT -8 by jupiter357
Actually considering what you would pay for the large aquarium you would be better off just building an adult sized enclosure! Because even a 50 gallon tank isn't going to last very long before the ig outgrows it. These guys grow incredibly fast!
Right now you want to limit potential stress. After he heals up and settles in you can introduce your dogs. Merlins right, you may as well just built the adult size cage now and save yourself some money, or if your not ready for that you may be able to find a used cabinet for like $20 or $30 to convert into a cage until your ready to build. We had used a china cabinet for our male for several months before building his final home.
i agree with the others. you really should put the cage up higher somewhere because the dog might stress him out or scare him and he might try to run or he might freak out and hurt himself more. you should post in your local newspaper that you're looking for a tank *at least 50gal* or wood to make it. that's the easiest and cheapest way i can think of.
I'm not sure if this was answered or not in any other thread but what type of bulb is being used for UVB? In the pictures I don't see either a Flourecent or two bulbs (suggesting UVB coil and basking) so I can only hope it is mercury vapor bulb which is being used. UVB is crucial for the development calcium for the bones and healing of injuries. Please let us know what make/model the bulb you're using is (if you haven't already in another thread). Also, if you can take him out into the direct sunlight, it works miracles for healing. Good luck with your green friend.