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Posted by clee4560 on January 27, 2003 at 13:46:57:
In Reply to: Re: first ig need HELP long posted by coyote12899 on January 27, 2003 at 13:09:10:
::::My husband got me and ig for my B-Day last week. I picked Spike, the ig, out at the pet store. They told me he was a Mexican Spiney Back or Black Iguana. I have looked at a ton of web sites, bought 2 books and spent hours at the library and I can't find but 1 pic "Iguanas For Dummies By Milissa Kaplan". The pic is bottom of facing chapter 18. Spike is around 8 to 9 inches long not including tail and too skinny, I think, he seems to have a lot of loose skin.
::::I need help with ID, diet (he is get getting ig salad now and does not seem impressed, he only take a couple on bites) and anything else.
::::I fell in love with this little guy when I first saw him and I want to keep him healthy and happy. I don't feel the information I got at the pet store was correct and I want informantion from some experts.
::::Sorry this is so long but I am worried and do need help.
:::well i'm not an expert.but i do have a coupel of ctenosaura.what kind of cage?right now 50gal.or larger will be o.k but plan on a custom built cage at some point.at least one basking site 110f two hide spots one on hot side one at cool end some sturdy rocks and branchs for cilmbing and decoration.lighting i use power sun uvb basking witch seem to work great.but your book should explain other option's.food i give mine red or green dandylions i can get at market grated squash,zuccine,carrot and some fruit once in a while also once a week i give crickets or mealworms.what you have is most likely ctenosaura similis maybe pectinata or quinquecarinata try to post a pic.let me know if any of this helps.chris
::I took some photos and took them to cvs to be developed that should be here in a couple of days.
:Also is there any way around feeding Spike live thing. I asked a couple of times at the pet store and was assured that he was a vegen only.
you can feed only veg.but you'll need to supplment.you can try zoo med iguana diet.but if wild caught he may not take but try.fact is spineytails do like insects and most be careful not to give to many.but would help fatt'in up also important to feed insects orange slices wheatbread appel ect.but i would recomend it don't always belive pet store employees.looking forward to seeing pics