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Anyone with iguana breeding or male / female housing experience?


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Posted by JasonZ on October 24, 1998 at 10:40:26:

Hi,

I have an interesting dilema. I saw an ad in today's classifieds in my local newspaper that an individual with a female iguana wants to find her a new home because she is laying eggs and I presume that he is worried about the potential problems associated with females laying unfertilized eggs (I haven't called yet.)

I have a large male iguana that is almost 5 years old alone in a 6' long, 6' tall, 3' wide enclosure. I have always wanted to get a female companion but have feared putting him together with another animal.

First off, is my enclosure large enough to comfortably house a pair of adults that would possibly breed? Second, if there is a significant size difference between the two would that be a problem or are sizes only an issue in same-sex hierarchy? Has anyone out there been in this situation of introducing a female to a male that has been largely solitary for his entire life? Can I expect them to tolerate eachother sharing the same enclosure? Does housing iguanas in pairs help male's temperment during the infamous breeding (bad attitude ha-ha) season? Also, what are the considerations for caring for an animal in this female's physical state?

Anyone that could provide or point me to the answers to this question is awesome! Thanks in advance.

Jason


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