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Re: IGNORE OTHER POST....READ THIS ONE!!! Oops, sorry!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by jiffypop on April 11, 2003 at 05:11:03:

In Reply to: IGNORE OTHER POST....READ THIS ONE!!! Oops, sorry!!!!!!!!!!! posted by IGUANA JOE on April 10, 2003 at 15:15:11:

When I got my first iguana I was totally clueless. I knew they got large, I knew they were herbivores, I knew they liked heat....period. I didn't acquire this iguana by choice. I was managing a pet store at the time and vowed I'd never own an iguana because I thought they were ordinary and too common. I figured that when I was ready to own a reptile it would be something much more interesting and exotic! There was no "cool factor" surrounding iguanas for me. Then, someone dumped two adult iguanas at the store in a 125 gallon aquarium. The male was too far gone to save and he died within 24 hours. I vowed to try to return the female to health. I started researching whereever I could..internet, library, the local vet. This iguana remained at the store as a store pet while I pampered her, fed her, bathed her, fell in love with her. As she gained good health I started getting offers from customers to purchase her. I always declined, using the excuse that she wasn't healthy enough yet to be sold. I started taking this iguana with me to do educational presentations in the schools. Six months after she was dropped off I quit working at the store and couldn't imagine leaving this girl behind. The owner actually made me pay $50 for her, even tho I'd paid all of her expenses while at the store!!!
This wonderful, sweet creature was my beloved Thelma. She became my constant companion and started the whole rescue thing for me. She taught me so much about iguanas....body language, mood swings, lizard kisses, tail scrapes, how to treat a broken, gangrenous toe. This lovely girl passed on a year ago January due to egging complications. I still miss her terribly.
Sharing my home with iguanas is a labor of love, all stemming from my relationship with Thelma.




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