Kyo is on a 6:15 a.m. up and 6:30 p.m. down schedule. She used to lay around for an hour or so before getting up, and would put herself to bed between 5:30-6:00.
For the past week or so, she has been getting up immediately, and not going to bed until after lights out.
The temps in the enclosure are fine (75 cool, 96 basking). Should I let her stay up longer? Are the longer daylight hours affecting her? We have also recently had to increase the amount of food (greens)given (pie plate full), but she will still not eat her mk salad at all.
Don't forget spring is in the air and their metabolism changes accordingly.
They are in the "bulking up" stage of the year right now. Iguanas get bigger and heavier during the warm months in preparation for mating and breeding-aggression fights.
I suspect she is just mirroring what nature is doing right now. Mark your calendar for any significant behavior changes. It's very important to realize what are long-term changes and which are temporary changes.
Remember, the Iguana has a warm-up period in the morning and a cool-down period at night. I think that is what is actually changing for her.
Keeping records is a very good idea. It lets you track changes in behavior, like going off feed etc. It lets you compare current behavior to previous years and gives you a pattern of how the behavior changes over the course of the year and if they go off the schedule it gives you a heads up that something could be wrong.
Post by prism_wolf on May 29, 2004 12:05:09 GMT -8
I have a Word Pad journal and in the beginning was invaluable. I have not updated in about a year, which has been a bad thing. He's gone through so many changes over that period of time. It would have been great to get it all down.
You know what I'm thinkin"? A cheapo journal hung from his cage with a pencil attached. Easy to jot down quick notes and observations rather than geting on the pc, find file, update it...of course while I know my kid would like to be on the pc...or trying to get her off of it.
Last Edit: May 29, 2004 12:07:48 GMT -8 by prism_wolf