I hate being guilty of ignorance, but now that I'm committed, I need a little help! Please be gentle with me :-) and see if you can help me come up with some logical solutions. I really like these babies and want them to be healthy, happy, and live a long time.
I should have read more on iguanas before buying, but I (stupidly) relied on the pet store to tell me what I needed to know. The manager who helped me is an iguana owner, but in the first info I read after I got home, I found a few things she was wrong about...
At this point, I have three small green iguanas (went to buy one with three of my boys, and of course came home with three.) To get us started, we bought a 30 gallon aquarium, a heat rock, substrate, iguana food, supplements, a light (that blew within 30 minutes of hooking it up), grape limbs to crawl on, a half piece of tree trunk to hide in, a spray bottle, etc.
Now I'm panicking and need to "right the wrongs" as soon as possible. There is so much to read, that I am getting overwhelmed... I will keep reading so I can improve their habitat, but the heating and feeding arrangements need to be modified immediately
On the feeding: They were feeding the iguanas chopped cabbage and baby crickets - which I now read is a no-no. I have some frozen snap beans/peas, so I have thawed some and cut it up really small for them to eat for now. I live in a small town, and I'll be lucky to find much of what they would like. I'm pretty sure I can find fresh green beans, carrot tops (the leafy part), mustard greens and possibly parsley for their "staple" foods. I can also get sweet potatoes all year round, and understand that's a good "staple" food as well. I have also read to spray their food (the non-leafy kind) with water to help with water consumption.
Will I be okay on the feeding now? I found a Food Information Chart on greenigsociety.org from which I am getting my food information.

On heating... I have a rock (gasp!) So I understand I need to get rid of that and use a different heat source. We have a Lowe's and (of course) a Super Wal-Mart here - I'm not sure what all I can find there, but if you have any ideas of what I can use, I'd sure appreciate it. I know we have have UV light and also a heat source for when it's time for them to get their darkness. I initially planned on getting those clamp-on lamps - maybe one to shine in from each end - but they will still need a heat source. If I can't get a ceramic bulb, what is another alternative?

FYI, the room I have our babies in has five windows on one wall and four on the other, so they can get lots of indirect sunlight during the day (they are on the opposite corner from those windows so they won't get too cold.)

If it will help, I can post some pictures of their current habitat - and of course of those sweet babies!
Thanks, in advance, for any help you can offer!
~Julie

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I forgot to say - I know I can order online whatever you think I need to get... I guess I just need some suggestions for who/what to order

~Julie
Here's a link to some pictures:
http://www.fergiebeads.com/Iguanas/default.htm
~ Julie
I forgot to say - I know I can order online whatever you think I need to get... I guess I just need some suggestions for who/what to order

Take a thorough look through the articles at www.anapsid.org , in particular, check out the http://www.anapsid.org/dummies / link.

nj"good luck"m
"In the ancient Greek Tragedies it was an ironclad rule that all the real rough stuff should take place off stage, and I shall follow this admirable principle."
On heating... I have a rock (gasp!) So I understand I need to get rid of that and use a ... - but they will still need a heat source. If I can't get a ceramic bulb, what is another alternative?

I use 90 watt halogen floodlamps for my monitors. For such a small cage, you should try playing around with lower wattages of halogens. Use floodlamps, not spotlights, which can cause burns. The clamp-lamp fixtures usually work well.
Your iguanas will also need some sort of ultraviolet-B (UVB) producing light. You can get special fluorescent tubes, self balasted mercury vapor lamps that screw into standard sockets, or special compact fluorescent lights that all produce some UVB along with a pleasing white light that helps bring out your pet's colors. Standard fluorescent tubes or compact fluorescent lights do not work. Mercury vapor fixture lights do work, but require more space and more work to install, I suggest these for large enclosures since the cost of the fixture is about the same as that of a self balasted bulb, the bulbs for fixtures are much cheaper, and the fixture lasts nearly forever, unlike the slef balasted bulbs which, in my experience, burn out after a few months despite the manufacturer's claims.
To purchase UVB bulbs and other reptile supplies, I recommend the Bean Farm http://www.beanfarm.com
Good luck
3 iguanas will need a small room, guess you have no idea of the sex, maleswill fight like hell, i have seen one(mine) sliced open to the guts.

I have no idea what a 30 gal tanks is, actual dimensions are needed, you need a basking side, with spot lights, UV tube, and no UV doesnt pass thru window glass, humidity must be kept up.
I raise Iglets on insects part, they eat them in the wild, fruit should be around 15% of diet, i dont know what foods your on about as i cant get them here. Mix of greens is the main food, try banana with skin left on, i belive frozen veg once thawed gives of toxins, thats what i heard but i still feed them.
3 Iguanas will be a nightmare, i have seent he damage a Ig can do, i know asi rescue them and cant give them away, i get them dumped on me all the time, your in for a lot of work, i have years of exp(but not a lot) and wouldnt sell to my worst enemy 1 Ig never mind 3
Sorry to be hard, see this all the time, but why you bought 3, let alone 1 i dont know.
3 iguanas will need a small room, guess you have no idea of the sex, males will fight like hell, ... 3 Sorry to be hard, see this all the time, but why you bought 3, let alone 1i dont know.

I know for a fact I would NEVER get an iguana. They seem like the worst idea for a pet besides burmese pythons and hot snakes.
-Rubystars
3 iguanas will need a small room, guess you have ... know what foods your on about as i cant get

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I know for a fact I would NEVER get an iguana. They seem like the worstidea for a pet besides burmese pythons and hot snakes. -Rubystars

I agree, although i love hots and burmese, these need expert care, Igs seem to be a throw away lizard. I have 4 Igs and cant see why people buy them without reading up first.
"JULIAN HALES" (Email Removed) wrote in message
I agree, although i love hots and burmese, these need expert care, Igsseem to be a throw away lizard. I have 4 Igs and cant see why people buy them without reading up first.

People like the original poster make me so angry, going out and getting animals without having any idea beforehand what they're getting themselves into. I'm not angry with her though now because she's doing the right thing by trying to make things right.
I don't understand why people get animals if they don't know anything about them.
-Rubystars
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