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Post by uchr.. » Thu, 25 Jun 1992 06:40:35



                I just aquired a spiny tailed iguana. I am woundering if
there are any good books on this species. Also any personal information
that any one can give would be appreciated. Thanks.

                                                Mike M.

 
 
 

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Post by Daniel Bow » Fri, 26 Jun 1992 00:19:00


Quote:

>            I just aquired a spiny tailed iguana. I am woundering if
>there are any good books on this species. Also any personal information
>that any one can give would be appreciated. Thanks.

>                                            Mike M.

I also have a spiny tailed iguana, and have had her for about 8 mos..  I
have had trouble finding a book dealing specifically wiht the spiny tail
variety of iguana. I have found, however, that much of the information
available for green iguanas is applicable.  But a good book concerning the
spiny tailed iguana would definitely be helpful.
I have owned green iguanas previously, and IMHO I prefer the spiny tail
variety; they have more of a prehistoric look, with a flatter head, and yes
, small spines on the tail.  My spiny also seems to have much more muscular
legs and tail than any green I have ever seen.  They dont, howver have the
pretty green colors, but as mine has grown older (approx 10" SVL) she has
developed quite an impressive black and brown striping against her greyish-
tan skin.

As far as care goes, the normal standards apply; provide a heat source as
well as a cooler spot in the cage, a hiding spot, and UV light is essential
; regularly mist with water (and provide a water dish large enough for it
to fit in).

Food - my spiny LOVES to eat; when I first had her, her appetite for
crickets was voracious; she would eat as many as I would put in the cage.
I presently feed her a mix of various veggies( cooked carrots, beans,
squash, etc. ) and several leafy varieties which she LOVES ( spinach, kale,
dandelion, etc.; avoid regular lettuce; no nutritional value); I also mix
in for her protien needs either monkey chow or dog food, soaked in water,
as well as the occasional crickets.  I have thought about starting her on
pinky mice; any comments from other owners?? All of the foods should be
dusted with a vitamin/mineral/calcium supplement.

As my spiny has grown older, she has become much more aggressive; she never
took to being handled, and recently as the weather got warmer, has taken to
biting to avoid being handled; also puts on a nice hissing diplay with
mouth open. The bites are not serious, but a few teeth can break off and be
left in the skin, which causes a slight irritation the next day ( I now use
gloves to remove her from the cage).  I occasionally let her roam my
apartment, and has a penchance for climbing, especially curtains.

Bottom line - personality PLUS

Hope this helps out

Dan B.