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Posted by Flavia Guimaraes on April 18, 2003 at 21:37:59:

In Reply to: i think all of us are still learning how to take ... posted by Flavia Guimaraes on April 18, 2003 at 21:00:39:

...i dont think most igs in the wild live longer than 5 or 6 years old.Tropical forests are not what they used to be anymore(im Brazilian).Igs have been chased , killed and i dont think their life-expectancy in the wild now-a-days are longer than the 5, 6 years they live with us!AND i dont think they are unhappy with us either.Most of us are very good igs dad and mom and our igs are just happy.

A few minutes ago i entered my daughters room.She has a few igs sleeping there because her room is the most sunny and hot of our apartment.Some of them are basking near the opened window,others are eating and when i entered her room she was head rubbing TREX while he was half sleeping in a basket, on my daughters Babie's clothes.He is fat like an ogre, eats a lot everyday and is growing like a whale.I dont think he is unhappy at all!

. :...good care of iguanas.Before MK' book(and all we know about igs husbandry now) igs used to die at 2 years old, even younger.Now some are dying at 5,6 years old, others are older and still healthy.A few people in this forum have igs older than 10 years old!In a few years we will know much more about igs than we know now and they will die even later.Perhaps the vets will find vaccines against most of the diseases igs have now, just like they did with dogs.We cannot give up.A ban in igs imports will mean igs will not be raised in special farms anymore and perhaps will become a very endangered specie because people in South American countries still chase them for food.
: an:I just read the news from Mr. D. I haven't posted this, because it's embarrassing, but I just finished a round of x-rays and vet visits with Bud, after stepping on him in a dark room. I thought I knew where he was, but I didn't. He's perfectly fine. I didn't step on him hard, but I could have.

::I read people's posts about their iguanas dying. "It was the worst day of my life," they say, "I lost my best friend." The iguana deaths I read about are from egg complications, renal failure, total system failure, cancer, traumatic injury, or mysterious causes. I have yet to read of one of our iguanas dying of old age.

::On a day like today, I feel like none of this is worth it. Oh, I don't mean I would give up my iguana, or that I don't love him. I mean, we seem to know so little about the way to take care of iguanas, that it feels totally wrong to keep them at all. I don't mean this in the theoretical, PETA way. I'm watching and seeing that iguanas are dying disgusting, painful deaths every time, maybe just because we keep them in captivity. I don't know. Maybe they would have died this way in the wild, too.

::Oh, not me, I always used to think, it's not MY fault Bud was imported from wherever! I just found him, and rescued him! But I am starting to fear the day he dies so much that I get teary just thinking about it. If I have anything to say about it, he will die quietly and painlessly in his sleep at twenty or older. But despite my best efforts and the better part of my income, he probably won't.

::And I'll have to watch and do whatever futile actions I can to ease his pain, and know that he doesn't understand what's going on, and that indirectly, his death is my fault, and the fault of everyone who inspires other people to keep iguanas.

::I don't know if all reptiles and exotics are prone to these violent, terrible maladies, regardless of all the good care they may receive. All I know is that this stuff doesn't happen to normal animals with the same frequency. Maybe that's the kind we should stick to keeping in our houses. If a ban on importation and breeding of iguanas and other exotics was passed today, I wouldn't mind. That's the way I feel today.



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