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Posted by Bammer on April 14, 2003 at 13:30:32:
In Reply to: Answers - LONG posted by AlliMarie on April 14, 2003 at 13:07:42:
Thank you for the great response! I was hoping to get a female because I wanted to avoid territorial behavoirs when males get in "season". I assumed females may get moody too, but not psycotic like some male igs I have heard about during the breeding season. I need to learn more about behaviors in female igs. Also, I was hoping to adopt a 2-3 foot female ig from a shelter. I want to provide a loving home to ig that needs one. I am also planning on fostering boa constrictors(they are starting to get in the same boat as the iguanas.. no one wants them) but, thank you so much. I will probally build a cage and get every thing setup before I adopt an ig. Thanks again.
:Wow! I wish more people had the common sense to research so thoroughly! You are to be commended for your consideration of both the animals you already own and those you wish to acquire. Okay, now that I've done my due praise, here's your answers. ;p
:As said before, you are right on with a little ig being intimidated by your boas. It would probably be okay to house them in the same room, so long as they don't see each other EVER, like put a sheet or something between them. However, It's always a good idea to quarantine your new ig, or any new resident for that matter, in a separate room (your room would probably work okay) from your reptile room, just as a precaution. Females usually stay a bit smaller, 4-5ft, but it's not unheard of to have a female reach the 6ft mark. It's all dependent on how well nourished they are, the individual ig... And for an adult ig, those cage dimensions would be fine. Just make sure you handle her plenty, let her roam outside her cage. Her temperment will be largely based on how comfortable she is with you, which will be dependent on how often you handle her, and how comfortable you are with her. Taming babies can take a long while, so look around, get a healthy baby, and try to find one that's already got some manners. I.E. May gape, but not a ready biter. May puff up and hiss, but doesn't tail whip. This will help in the taming area. As for getting a female... Your chances are kind of slim that you'll find a female on purpose if you go to a pet store. Babies up to the 2ft range are nearly impossible to sex properly, and it can be damaging to try to probe them. If you're looking specifically for a female, I would try contacting rescue groups first. They've usually got juvie igs that need homes, and as long as they're not too big yet, most are okay to ship. I actually belong to a rescue organization, All-Species-Reptile-Rescue. If you like, you can contact us, fill out an application, and we can help you to find that perfect ig. :)
:I hope some of this helps you!