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Posted by sideman7 on May 04, 2003 at 23:27:30:
In Reply to: Clipping Nails posted by stevo1606 on May 04, 2003 at 20:30:49:
First, the only part you want to cut is the sharp tip at the end, don't cut the fat part, or it will bleed. As far as what to use, you have a few options depending on how cooperative the iguana is. If you are going to use a clipper, get one meant for bird claws. You want something with curved blades instead of flat. Another option is a nail file. Slow, but leaves no sharp bits. Personally, I use a dremel tool (with a grinding stone bit). My iguana doesn't mind (he actually prefers it to the pressure of the clippers), and its fast. If you decide to try a motorized grinder like this, you have to be very careful. You have to keep the speed slow so it doesn't get too hot!
It may take a bit before the iguana trusts you enough to put up with the clipping process without trying to get away... I have a towel rack in the bathroom which I use for tending to iguana issues, and my iguana is used to that. He just hangs out while I do his nails, pull clumps of salt out of his nose if need be, and even open up his mouth if I need to check something. When he has hurt himself, I can put him up there and clean him up without a problem. I guess he is used to it and knows he'll be OK.
:I'm adopting an iguana this week. I was told I'll need to clip his nails when I get him. How do I know how short to clip them? and any tips on what to use and how to do it?
:thanks in advance