Post by sirjdmcdaniel on Jul 6, 2010 13:05:37 GMT -8
Hey. I am Jonathan. I'm from Southern (almost in Florida) Georgia. I am very interested in buying an iguana for the first time coming up. I think they are beautiful and amazing creatures! I was all set on buying one the other day, but I got a little shy about buying one after reading some reports and stuff about horrible bites and stuff from iguanas. I've been reading a lot lately on them: how to take care of them, feed them, bath them, etc. I was just wondering should I be worried about my future iguana and how hostile it might be. I am planning on buying it at a very early age. So hopefully it can bond with me quickly. Maybe? Also, when picking one out from the store, is there something that I should be looking for to ensure it's healthy, etc. I hope to be buying it in a week or two. Thanks for helping me out with this.
Pick up a copy of James Hatfield's Green Iguana the Ultimate owners manual. Best book out there. And I am glad to see you giving this a lot of thought. Igs are a long term commitment and there is no guarantee that the little lizard you purchase won't end up becoming a 6ft long rolling terror with teeth like a shark that will make you life miserable. Its the chance you take. Many of them become quite socialized but there are always the exception to the rule.
Iguanas are a lot of work. Not only in their feeding prep but also in ensuring they become "social". A long time ago it was recommended to handle your new baby several times a day (after he/she gets acclimated to their new home) to get them socialized. There's also many tricks, such as your voice when talking to them, stroking them (on top of head or throat; I know mine LOVES it). But sooner or later, you'll get bit & tail whipped. Always be careful about their tails as they can break or even break off.