There is really not a lot of great info available on spiny-tailed iguanas
in captivity. I found one roaming 'wild' in a parkinglot in Minneapolis,
MN last summer so came to be the proud owner of a Ctenosarus similis. I
have had a hard time finding much info on captive animals. I do have
quite a lot of info on wild animals. . .
There are MANY species and supspecies of 'spiny-tailed' iguanas. You
should try to find out what you have. If it is dark grey with lateral
'stripes' of tan by the shoulders, it is probably a Cten. simils.
ALL of the literature I have read indicates that they are to be cared for
much like an Iguana iguana, with a couple exceptions. Ctens do like, and
will tolerate a little more meat protein in their diets. So an
occassional mouse is probably OK. Henry Fitch from University of Nebraska
who has studied them in the field quite a lot says that they are primarily
herbivors, though. Mine eats LOTS of greens, beans, pea pods etc. . .a
little dog food. It is thriving and growing well. This is great, since
it had a pretty advanced case of MBD when I trapped it.
Ctens also like warm temps. They will take a baking site temp of up to
105. But I keep mine just under 100. They are much more terrestrial than
I. iguana. They like to burrow and will spend much of their time in a
hide box or shelter.
Oh ya, they also tend to bite a lot more than green igs. And they can run
like the wind! And they can wedge themselves into the smallest little
cracks! So be careful!
> I was given one of these as a Valentine's present. She's beautiful,
> about a foot and a half, and just under 2 years old. Anyway, I know
> nothing of these and i would like to be barraged (sp?) with information
> about them. That's if they are really even called that. B.T.W she's a
> meat-eater--a small mouse every 4 days or so.