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.
> 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.
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
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