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The Advanced IguanaMail list
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a new list to replace it, AdvancedIguanaCare
(AIC). As with the old AIML, the AIC is for advanced health care discussions
beyond those covered in the more basic IguanaMail
List (IML). Both lists require members to have already done their reading
on iguana care, health and behavior, such as my ICFS
article and articles here in my Green Iguana page and in the Captivity
Issues, Health, and Behavior
pages, before posting questions.
If you are looking for a simple, quick, all-inclusive article on green iguana
care on one page or less, you won't find it here.
won't find it anywhere because there is no such thing, not if your intent is to
take care of your iguana properly.
My Iguana Care, Feeding, and Socialization (ICFS)
article provides the basics on iguanas, where they come from, how they act, and
how to get them set up and started eating right. It also goes into the first steps
involved with taming and socializing, and why all new igs, regardless of age,
need to see your reptile vet...and why just any vet won't do.
other articles here in my Iguana Care Collection expand and build on the
ICFS information. You will also find many articles in my Herp
Care Collection that apply to green iguanas, especially in the areas of
behavior, health, conservation, and captivity-related and human health issues.
is a lot to read, to learn, and to absorb. Iguanas are not for everyone. They
are, sadly, not for the too many people who get them only to turn around and dump
them because they were completely unprepared for what iguana keeping involves.
If you aren't up
to all the reading that needs to be done to learn to care for iguanas properly,
then iguanas aren't for you. If you are not ready to accomodate all the intrustions
keeping an iguana will make into your life (and finances), then iguanas aren't
reading? Good. You will find that I am a strong believer in people learning whether
or not a particular type and species of reptile is the right choice for them before
they actually get the reptile.
are difficult, frustrating, complicated, complex--and potentially dangerous. If
you aren't starting to feel like perhaps you've made the wrong choice when considering
keeping an iguana, then you haven't been paying attention!
though: do the reading. You can join the IML and talk to people before
you get an iguana. If you do all that, and still feel an iguana is right for you--rather,
that you are right for an iguana--then you both will have a much better
chance at a long, healthy, successful relationship.
yourself comfortable, now...you've only just begun!
Before you get an iguana
Care Information, Online & Off
Breeding & Reproduction
Care & Maintenance
Diet: Food, Feeding & Supplementation
Natural History & Conservation
One Page Caresheets
More Items of Interest
Reprint Rights & Permission
you get an iguana...
Iguanas are still the #1 dumped reptile in the US and, increasingly, around the
world. If, after reading about what it takes to are for an iguana properly, you
realize that you can't provide all that is required, that's okay--so long as you
don't get an iguana!. It may not be the right time in your life for the commitment
a green iguana demands. There may be another reptile, or another kind of pet,
that will be a better match for you. While keeping any animal as a pet requires
a certain amount of learning and long term commitment, green and other types of
iguanas demand more than most other species.
If you haven't been involved in reptile rescue, you most likely will not understand
why I am so dogmatic you on about finding out whether an iguana is the right choice
for you--or not. To help you understand where I and other rescuers and herp educators
are coming from, please read the following:
you think you want a reptile?
How To Kill An
The Grim Reality: Unwanted
College Students Speaks Out About Iguana
Melissa Kaplan's Iguana Care Feeding & Socialization
Adam Britton's Wong's
Jennifer Swofford's Iguana
Iguanas for Dummies by Melissa
Green Iguana: The Ultimate Iguana Owner's Manual
byJim Hatfield III
Green Iguana Bibliography and
Video: Captive Care of the Green Iguana (Britton &
Iguana Videos Review
after all your reading, you still decide to get a green iguana
Adopt one from a herp society or rescue
Wild-Caught vs. Farmed vs. Captive-Bred Iguanas
Picking A Healthy Iguana
Diagram of Green Iguana Mouth
Green Iguana Anatomy Resources
Journal Abstracts: Visual And Chemical Reception: Iguana
(see also Herp Behavior)
Female Iguanas -- Are They More Difficult
& Housing Multiple Iguanas: Issues and Concerns
Non-Breeding Iguana Behaviors
Circadian Rhythm and Thermoregulation in Reptiles
Lizards Have Personalites Too,
Moving, Vacation and Boarding
Stress in Green Iguanas
Size Doesn't Matter
Sunlight and Aggressive Behavior
and Your Reptiles
Abnormalities as a Factor in Male Green Iguana Aggression
Aggression and Green Iguanas
Further Thoughts On
Spaying and Neutering...
of Reptile Reproduction Terms
Iguana Femoral Pores
Iguana Ovaries and Testes
Disorders of the Female Reptile
To Spay or Not To
The Use of Hormone Antagonists to
Inhibit Reproduction in the Lizard, Eublepharis macularius
Dealing with Iguana Breeding Aggression
for Male Green Iguanas
Male Iguanas in Season and
Neutering Green Iguanas
Tough Love, or Attigtude
Moral, and Ethical Issues Related To Reproduction
The Grim Reality
Yamanouchi's Iguana Page
Environment (see also Herp Captivity)
Basic Iguana Cage Design Problems
and Outdoor Enclosure Designs (Caging)
Housing Multiple Iguanas: Issues
Iguanas and Other Family Pets
Reptile Enclosures: Size, Dimension, and Lifestyle
Setting Up Free-Roaming Iguanas
Why You Should
Not Leave Your Iguana Unsecured Outside
and Maintenance (see also Herp Clean/Disinfect)
Bathing and Swimming: Not Just A Bathroom Activity
Claw Trimming - Britton
Trimming - Kaplan
Reptile Skin Shedding
Treating Ripped-out Claws
Food, Feeding, and Supplementation
The articles and resources
below expand on the information in the ICFS article.
Adaptations to Herbivory in Iguanine Lizards
Additional Notes On Herbivory In Iguana iguana
Nutritional Contribution in the "MK Salad"
and Bean Sprouts
Animal Protein - Britton
Animal Protein - Kaplan
Oxalate Content of Common Iguana Foods
Green Iguana Diet: Not just
a matter of calcium:phosphorous ratios
Salad": A Quick Recipe
" - Nutrition Analysis
- An Illustrated Reference
Overview of Digestion in Green Iguanas and Other
Herbivorous Lizard Species
Picky Eaters: How not to
let yourself be trained by your iguana
What Did Swanson Really Say?
Size Should the Salad Pieces Be?
Say Yuca, I Say Yucca...
Iguana Food For People
(yes, you can eat those greens, too...)
Determining Iguana Age and
What Is Intelligence?
(see also Herp Health)
herp is bleeding, paralyzed, or has abnormal swellings on any part of its body,
or has bone fragments poking through its skin (or its shell is cracked), do not
post a message or send an email: get your pet to a herp vet right away.
Spots on Skin
Skin Syndrome/Vesicular Dermatitis
and Metabolic Bone Disease
of the Renal-Portal System
in Green Iguanas and Other Herps
Approach to Kidney Disease in Lizards
and Hemipenal Prolapse
and Diarrhea in Iguanas
Coprophagy (Feces Eating)
Crusty Deposits Around Mouth
Gangrene of Tail and Toes
Effects of Hemolysis
on Plasma Electrolyte, Chemistry Values
Feces and Urates
and Fluid Therapy in Reptiles
you tell if a nonresponsive reptile is alive?
Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia in Reptiles
Hypothermia in Iguanas and Other Reptiles
in Green Iguanas
Idiosyncrasies of Vitamin D
Metabolism in the Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Kidney Failure (and
Iguana Kidney Disease: Personal Perspective)
Metabolic Bone Disease: Identification and Treatment
Myoclonic and Other Spasms in Iguanas
and Cons of Prolonged Probiotic Use In Iguanas
concentration of ionized calcium in healthy iguanas
of Illness & Stress
Tail Breaks and Drops
Tail, Limb and Digit Autotomy
Ulcerative Stomatitis ("Mouth Rot")
Allergy To Iguanas
Dealing with Iguana Bites
Iguanas: They're ornery, exotic - and
often a real pain
Lizards do really learn
to recognize people
Moving Your Iguana
and Shipping Reptiles
Pheromones in Humans:
Myth or Reality?
Playing With Your Iguana
Natural History and Conservation
(See also Conservation
of Green Iguanas
Diet of a Generalized Folivore,
Iguana iguana, in Panama
Conservation and Consumption
Green Iguana Dewlaps
Iguana Salad For Humans
Survival of the Tastiest
Park: Pro Iguana Verde Foundation
males could save species
Plants Consumed by
Iguanas in the Wild
Raise and Eat Your Own Iguanas
Why Call Them "Giant Green Iguanas"?
Foraging of a Herbivorous Lizard, the Green Iguana in a Seasonal Environment
Ecological Consequences Of Habitat And Microhabitat Use In Lizards: A Review
Information of Interest
Health Food or Health Risk?
Safety: FDA Warns High-Risk Groups: Don't Eat Sprouts
Sprouts Safe To Eat?
The Amazin' Shrinkin'
Iguanas of the Galapágos
the Cost of Electricity
Products Translations and Equivalencies
Bite The Hands That Feed Them
Imagine: A Visualization Exercise
National Animal Poison Control Center
Pet Travel Agents Book Any Beast
Reptile Give-Aways at Fairs
Reptile First Aid/Wound Management
HerpNutrition's Quantum Series Food Mixes
The Facts About Alfalfa: Anatomy of a Non-Controversy
Iguana Diet "Wars": What if they started a war and nobody came?
UV-lamps for terrariums: Their
spectral characteristics and efficiency in promoting vitamin D3 synthesis by UVB
Iguana Care Handout
Iguana Information & Care (PDF)
How Long Does It Take To Tame A Green Iguana? (Survey
reserve all rights to my work.
Due to my life having to revolve around the
limitations of ongoing illness, it is extremely difficult for me to do what I
need to for myself and for my reptiles on a daily basis. If you have questions,
please consider joining the
Iguanas Mailing List (IML)
where you will find many knowledgeable, helpful people who have been through what
you are going through with their own iguanas.