Am I raising my Ig right?

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Am I raising my Ig right?

Post by Melis » Sat, 23 Sep 1995 04:00:00




Quote:
Harrison) writes:
>The light/heat source include 2 ultraviolet
>incendescent bulbs

    Incandescent bulbs do NOT produce UVB...they are useful
for heat only.   The number or wattage of bulbs is basically immaterial -
what matters are the temperature gradients being provided.

Quote:
>  Also 1 75watt black light for nightime.  

   Is this an incandescent nocturnal reptile light, or a Halloweene-type
poster light, or a fluorescent light?  If the former, its fine.  If the
latter
two - please change them: the poster light does not produce much
heat and may cause eye damage, and as for the latter, UVB should
not be provided more than 12-14 hrs/day.

Quote:
>I feed my ig a combination of prepackaged lettuce mix (has a bunch of
diffent
>types of leafy greens other than just lettuce), a mix of T-Rex dried
iguana
>food mix (one is fruit & flower formula and the other is veggie), and a
spray
>on vitamin supliment.

   Gack.  Please download my or Jen Swoffords ig care doc.  You are
basically
feeding junk food.  The lettuces are pretty worthless nutritionally, the
commercial
ig foods have not been longitudinally tested and from what I have seen ALL
cause
problems ranging from retarded growth, general malaise, speeded growth,
and,
worst of all, cause metabolic bone disease.  As for the spray on
vitamins...
if you make a proper salad and mix ANY multivitamin in, it works just
fine!

Quote:
>I'm not quite sure if my ig is as big as he/she should be (somewhere
between
>2 to 3 feet long including the tail.)

   2 year old igs are generally 12-13" snout to vent [svl] length
 (somewhere around 36-40" snout-tail [stl] length)...

The Complete Guide to Feeding Captive Green Iguanas
by Jen Swofford
http://gto.ncsa.uiuc.edu/pingleto/herps/iguanacare.html

Ig Care and Socialization Doc
http://www.concorde.com/~chaos/herps/iguanas/melissa.html

Melissk

 
 
 

Am I raising my Ig right?

Post by mcre.. » Mon, 25 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
>  First of all I have had my ig (Mozart) for about 2 years or so.  He/she lives
>  in a large partical board cage (6'x2 1/2'x3').  The floor is lined with
>  washable removable carpeting.  There are several branches in the cage running

dear tia,
 first of all, manyof the particle board manufacturers use formaldehyde in the process.
what would be good for them is to get up high in the air like in the wild. the comercial
cat platforms with carpet on them may help. you can puthis food on the top,or on one of
the platforms.some of them have a little hiding place for the cats,which is very good for
iguanas,especially when they are trying to acclimatize.
we feed our iguana(jethro) greens,mustard,collard,turnip,spinach,dandelions(which
is high in calcium) green beans peas,carots, very little meat(he loves teriyaki !!!)
they should not eat a lot becouse it may make them aggressive.Lettice is very bad for them
because it gives them the runs.We also use " nekton rep vitamin supplement for his
vitamins.we also use a calcium supplement separately.We break a little of the tablet
up with water to make a paste,and feed it to him in an eye dropper.
Last december Jethro was very sick,we didn't know why,it was a lack of calcium.
since then he has gone from about 12 inches to almost about 3 feet now.
It was the calcium,and letting him out of the cage that we had him in.
We let him set on top of our curtain rod.He climbs the curtain to get up there,
and climbs down when he wants to eat,and go potty.They are a lot like other animals in the potty
training,if you see him about to go,pick him up and put him on a paper  towel where you want him  to
go all the time.They are creatures of habit,and need a set space,and every thing has to be in a set
space all the time.If it is not,they will getveary stressed out to the point thstthey will not eat,and
will go into hiding.The lighting that you have is very good.Some people will use a heat padfor
heat.You can put that on the cat post.Has your iguana mozart gone up to you for some food
yet?Jethro will do it at times when we are eating dinner.hopfully this will be a  help to you in the
future.let us know how it works out,and if you need more help.
                                          jon,and heile.
Quote:
>  I feed my ig a combination of prepackaged lettuce mix (has a bunch of diffent
>  types of leafy greens other than just lettuce), a mix of T-Rex dried iguana
>  food mix (one is fruit & flower formula and the other is veggie), and a spray
>  on vitamin supliment.  I usually feed my ig about a good sized handful of the
>  lettuce mix along with about a tablespoon each of the dried stuff, and a few
>  pumps of the vitamin spray.
>  Does any of this sound o.k. so far, or am I doing something drastically
>  wrong.
>  I'm not quite sure if my ig is as big as he/she should be (somewhere between
>  2 to 3 feet long including the tail.)
>  Also, I would appreciate any tips on house breaking my ig.  I would like to
>  let he/she roam free around my room with out causing perminent damage to my
>  very nice WHITE carpeting if you catch my drift...
>  This is all I can think of at the moment but I am sure I will have many more
>  questions....
>  I would REALLY appreciate any advice you could give me!
>  TIA


>  P.S.-  Feel free to E-mail me at the above address.  I look foward to reading
>  you comments and advice.

 
 
 

Am I raising my Ig right?

Post by Melis » Mon, 25 Sep 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>we feed our iguana(jethro)
>greens,mustard,collard,turnip,spinach,dandelions(which
>is high in calcium) green beans peas,carots, very little meat(he loves
>teriyaki !!!)

   The calcium in the spinach, however, is largely calcium oxalate
which not only blocks the body's absorbtion (and thus utilization)
of calcium, but also causes visceral gout - the mineralization of
soft tissues.  This results in organ failure and early death, including
kidney failure.  This may well be speeded in Jethro's cause due to
your feeding him animal protein...

Quote:
>they should not eat a lot [of meat] becouse it may make them aggressive.

   It does not make them aggressive just as UVB and UVA in appropriate
amounts does not make them aggressive.  It may initially give them
increased energy as animal cells are easier to breakdown that plant
cells, but it is NOT appropriate to feed to herbivores!

Quote:
>Lettice is very >bad for them because it gives them the runs.

    No, lettuce is bad because there is little in the way of nutrition
it lettuces such as iceberg, butter, green leaf, red leaf and romaine.
They fill up on these bulky foods and then are not able to eat enough
of the nutritient loaded foods and so suffer, in the long run, from the
effects of malnutrition.

Quote:
>we also use a calcium supplement separately.We break a little of the
>tablet up with water to make a paste,and feed it to him in an eye

dropper.
   Calcium should be mixed in with food, not administered by a dropper
(unless you are administering NeoCalglucon, given to reptiles with
metabolic
bone disease).

Quote:
>Last december Jethro was very sick,we didn't know why,it was a lack of
>calcium.

   Because of your diet and lack of sufficient calcium supplementation.
Heat, to is critical, as is the proper lighting...

Melissk