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Ben, more power to ya, I'm just not ready to commit to my first long-term iguana. Emotion: smile I've housed two juveniles now, and enjoyed both experiences. My beardie remains Best Beloved Reptile. For the love of Mr. Gimpy Emotion: smile
I've found my time at the iguana hex to be some of my most rewarding times at my new job! I've talked at least 20 people out of a baby iguana now, and into a nice leopard gecko. I'll have to indulge myself here and talk about a mom and son: obviously a single mom, very intelligent but limited by a speech impediment, and a tweenager son with thick glasses and a willingness for research. They've been getting ready for their new iguana for some 12 days, and I finally let them buy it today! They've set up a cage adequate for the first couple of years, perfected basking spot and ambient temperatures, purchased a cool-mist humidifier (Sears, Sunbeam brand, $35 brand new with a 12-hour water resevoir) to crank the humidity, and read reams on the Melissa Kaplan iguana diet on her website.
They've come in to see me 4 times in 12 days, talked up one side and down the other, and even called me from the hardware store while I was at work last night. I think they're going to be FABULOUS IGGY PARENTS!!
I'm VERY GREEN at owning an Iguana /Curly-Tail and will gladly welcome all you add to what I know now which is NOTHING.

Curly-tail lizard, or curly-tailed iguana? NOt sure that second one exists, just asking. Emotion: smile
Here's the sum of my knowledge on iguana care (aside from the rec.pets.herp archives on groups.google.com):
http://www.anapsid.org
http://www.henrylizardlover.com
http://www.greenigsociety.org
Cats make much pets. More appreciative, easier care, cheaper, and better mousers. And they purr.

Best. Pet. Ever.
Dogs make better pets. Dogs worship you.

Man's best friend~@!!
Iguanas hate you.

Hurt me baby.
Goldfish make better pets. They are easily entertained, and at a dime each, are easily replacable.

We charge $0.19. What a rip, huh?
Even a hamster is a better pet: more tractable and docile than the Evil Iguana of Death.

I've now had 4 hamster bites at my new job (2 were dwarves), complimented by one cuban knight anole bite and THAT'S IT. Case in point.

fr0glet
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Curly-tail lizard, or curly-tailed iguana? NOt sure that second oneexists, just asking. Emotion: smile

I was told that htis small Iguana was a good starter LIZ http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/raaaquaticamphibians0515
03.pdf

Does anyone have one? It is scared of every move or motion but I am told if I force handle it that it will calm down. This does not seem logical to me as it is impossible to pick it up without grabbning the heck out of it.

Proctor
Proctor (Email Removed) blurted:
Curly-tail lizard, or curly-tailed iguana? NOt sure that second one exists, just asking. Emotion: smile

I was told that htis small Iguana was a good starter LIZ

http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/raaaquaticamphibians0515
03.pdf

Wait, what? That's a link to an african clawed frog care sheet. What are you talking about, small Iguana? Liz?? That's an amphibian!

fr0glet
I was told that htis small Iguana was a good starter LIZ

http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/raaaquaticamphibians0515
03.pdf

Wait, what? That's a link to an african clawed frog care sheet. What areyou talking about, small Iguana? Liz?? That's an amphibian! fr0glet

Ya, sorry, I can't figure that out but here
http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/ralcurlytailiguana050803 .pdf
Curly-tail lizard, or curly-tailed iguana? NOt sure that second one

exists,

just asking. Emotion: smile

I was told that htis small Iguana was a good starter LIZ

http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/raaaquaticamphibians0515

Igs are just about the worst starter lizard in the world, io know as i have 4, all rescued.
2 are evil, 2 sit on my shoulder when go out around town and love people, itwas a case of hand feeding as iglets and gaining there trust, some never do and i have seen the damage a evil ig can do, would never ever recomend a ig to anyone.
exists, I was told that htis small Iguana was a good starter LIZ

http://www.petco.com/assets/articles/caresheets/pdf/raaaquaticamphibians0515
03.pdf Does anyone have one? It is scared of every ... it up without grabbning the heck out ofit. Proctor rec.pets.herp

Igs are just about the worst starter lizard in the world, io know as ihave 4, all rescued. 2 are ... some neverdo and i have seen the damage a evil ig can do, would never ever recomend aig to anyone.

Thank you. I am returning this thing today. I can't even get close to this little guy. He is terrified and crashes into the side of the tank it I even walk into the room. Thats when he is not burried in the chips. So much for lizzards I guess. At least the kids can hold the hammies anyway... Thanks
P
Then please consider the Bearded Dragon that came running up to you like a puppy. They are the most social and wonderful lizards you could buy, according to a lot of the Beardie owners here, actually seem to welcome holding, will eat from your hand without eating your hand, are glad to see you..I don't have one, but they have a consistent and mighty fan club on this list, deservedly so.
Just my .02 and probably not worth that but parroting a lot that I've read here.
Thank you. I am returning this thing today. I can't even get close tothis little guy. He is terrified and ... in the chips. So much for lizzards I guess. At least the kids can hold the hammies anyway... Thanks P

Didn't you say your lizard was a "Curly-tailed Iguana"? I don't think anyone else on the list has one of those. When people say they have an iguana, they are usually referring to the Green Iguana "Iguana Iguana" which grows to be very large, male green igs average around 6ft long (1/3 body, 2/3 tail) and the record for a male green ig is 8ft long.
The care sheet for your curly tailed ig says they grow up to 14 inches long, which is a lot smaller than a green ig!
Stick with him awhile longer, handle him for 20 minutes each day. Just holding him gently and stroking him.
My wild, squirmy, wriggly baby green ig was happily sitting in my hand without restraint 3 days after I got him. When I got him he would run from the hand and do his best to wriggle out of my hand and onto the floor. I handled him every day and within three days he had calmed down a lot.
Then please consider the Bearded Dragon that came running up to you like a puppy. They are the most social ... list, deservedly so. Just my .02 and probably not worth that but parroting a lot that I've read here.

I would but for the cost and the fact that I am fearful of my ignorance and somehow my new friend may pay the ultimate price.(I cried right along with my boys when we experienced our first hamster death). I guess price has nothing to do with it, a pet is a pet. $94.00 is a bit much for a start and something i know so little about.
{I.m still thinking thought}
Thanks
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