It is with a heavy heart that I do this... Please take the minute to read my entire post don't just skip it cause it says "iguana"...

I have a male adult green iguana named Spike. He was rescued from a pet store in 1995 and I think that he is about 10 years old. I am being relocated to Austin, Texas and taking him with me isn't really an option. I am also not sure that Spike would survive the stress of a move like that. And to compound things, I'm not sure that he can adjust to the climate in Texas when he's been a Rochester native all of his life!!!
Spike is not overly aggressive but should be handled by experienced herptologists only - he is very fast and very strong. Personally, I am about 5'2" and have pretty small hands and he's more than a handful for me. We work together when it's bathtime, feeding time or cage maintenance time. Emotion: smile Spike is about five feet long if you include the length of his tail. He will cooperate with regular nail trimmings if you wrap him in a towel and promise him a swim in the tub when you are done.
After a shed cycle he is a really neat blue-green, but is more often the traditional greens and browns so that he can try to hide in his wooden cage. I tried posting ads with pictures saying "free to a good home" at all the local vet offices, but I haven't heard from anyone.

He isn't a picky eater. He will eat just about any veggie, Field Greens, Yellow Squash, canned cat food, and ZooMed Adult Iguana chow, berries, melons, crickets/grasshoppers/worms/caterpillars from the can, but wasn't too excited about the live ones last time I tried that. He could use a bigger cage and some exercise as he's outgrown the 6ftLx4ftHx2ftW cage I have for him.
I'd be happy to take him to Dr. Balonek and get him a clean bill of health if you would like. I'm really concerned that this type of a move at his age would be deadly. And I'm not having much luck finding anyone to take him because of his size.
So if you are an experienced reptile owner, and are interested in a new friend, please email me at (Email Removed). I'm not asking for anything more than someone to continue to give him love and attention so he can live many more years.
Thanks for your time, and don't mock me too bad.
- RacerChik
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I emailed you, RacerChik.
Trai
He isn't a picky eater. He will eat just about any veggie, Field Greens, Yellow Squash, canned cat food, and ... be happy to take him to Dr. Balonek and get him a clean bill of health if you would like.

You might have a hard time getting a real "clean bill of health" if you've been feeding your iguana animal proteins for a considerable period of time. It leads to renal failure.
Your iguana would indeed survive the move, and would also love the Texas climate (can we say hot and humid?).
You could start researching reptile and/or iguana rescues in your area, or you could start researching what it would really take to move the creature with you. You've brought him this far, keep your life commitment and keep your large semi-unhandleable fast and strong herbivore that you've raised on bugs and catfood. You owe it the chance to finish its final days with you.

No flame intended.
fr0glet
Hi Chik,
Congratulations on getting smart and moving to Texas : ) Good luck with the heat, I've lived here all my life, with family in Poughkeepsie (sp?), you got a big change ahead of you. At least youre getting here after most of the heat of summer. I don't have room for another ig, but I will call my cousin up there to see if he's interested. He used to keep a few reptiles, but don't know about an iguana. Am I asking too much to find out why you're moving ? I think you'll enjoy Austin, its a cool city and very near to some of the most beautiful places you'll find here.
You may consider driving him down with you if you don;t find any takers, just keep him warm and try to stress him as little as possible -Ryan
Moving cause the better half got relocated for work. Any leads on anyone in the Northeast (Canada, New England, I don't care!) who wants this guy, I'm happy to deliver.
Thanks Ryan!
- RacerChik
He isn't a picky eater. He will eat just about any veggie, Field Greens, Yellow Squash, canned cat food, and ZooMed Adult Iguana chow, berries, melons, crickets/grasshoppers/worms/caterpillars from the can, but wasn't too excited about the live ones last time I tried that.

Iguanas are 100% vegetarians. Feeding him animal protein like cat food and insects and worms is seriously damaging to iguana health. ZooMed iguana chow is also not an recommended food, just because it says iguana chow on the label does not mean its suitable for them. Most commercial iguana foods contain animal protein which is not suitable for iguanas.

You will also find that Spike will adjust to Texas if you bring him with you and igs are hardier than you think. Travelling to Texas with you should not adversely affect his health
Moving cause the better half got relocated for work. Any leads on anyone in the Northeast (Canada, New England, I don't care!) who wants this guy, I'm happy to deliver. Thanks Ryan! - RacerChik

Hey woman, the iguana would be WAYYY happier in Texas than anywhere in the north! I've moved my 6-year-old iguana from Texas to Montana and then back again in a year, and he's just fine. I put him in a pillowcase inside of a cardboard box with airholes. We drove straight through both ways, and he was glad to get out of the box, but didn't even seem all that stressed. He's Very Happy to be back in the hot, humid Houston area too! Here he gets to live outside on the patio most of the year and have real sunlight and warm rain. If you just don't want your iguana anymore, you'd do him a favor to bring him down here to find a home for him. I can guarantee you he'll like it here better than you will.
Emotion: smile
Cindy
Can we say hot and humid?

Actually, I've heard most of Texas is really dry.
-Ben
Actually, I've heard most of Texas is really dry. -Ben

Not along the Gulf Coast.
Austin is dryer than here, but the ig would still appreciate the heat. There's nothing like the sun.
Cindy
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