As I try to sneak up on Curley Joe I have to wonder just how well far can he see? Can he hear me approaching or is this a vibration thing? I have seen no signs of him haven eating a thing I place in his tank including fresh fruit(Bannanas,sliced grapes,mellon,etc.) Waxworms can be dropped within his view but he does not respond even as they move before his eyes. He only appears in the AM but he seems to appreciate the photos of other lizzards I have enlarge and placed on the outside of his tank.(should I superimpose my face to one of these Emotion: smile? He does look healthy-fat-shiney-quick moving but scared to death of me if I move near.
So:
Can he hear sound? (should I talk to him to get him used to my voice?) Can he smell the fresh fruit?
Can he see me from afar?(Should I buy Godzilla mask Emotion: smile?

Thanks for any comments
Mr. Proctor
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As I try to sneak up on Curley Joe I have to wonder just how well far canhe see? Can ... fruit(Bannanas,sliced grapes,mellon,etc.) Waxworms can be dropped withinhis view but he does not respond even as they move before his eyes.

Try this. Stop offering any food for a week. He will be fine not eating for
7 days or even longer. Try not to disturb him that week. Sneak up to hiscage and drop 3 medium or large crickets in his cage and leave without disturbing him too much. Check back in an hour and see if the crickets are still there.
Also, I think the stress of being alone may be why shes not eating. Imagine yourself alone in a strange place where you feared for your life. You would feel a lot more comfortable if someone else was with you!
He only
appears in the AM but he seems to appreciate the photos of other lizzardsI have enlarge and placed on the ... I move near. So: Can he hear sound? (should I talk to him to get him used to my voice?)

Yes, Lizards have ears, snakes do not. If you look on the side of his head, you will see two small openings behind and below the eyes on either side of the head. These are his ears, and they are covered by small flaps of skin to help keep out dust and sand. Yes, you should talk to him so he will get used to your voice. Mine have naturally gotten used to my presence as they relate me to the food which drops in the cage.
Can he smell the fresh fruit?

Most likely he can, but mine have never shown an interest in fruits or vegetables. Mine eat a diet of about 70% crickets 10% worms and 10% assorted bugs I collect from a friends field (i know 100% that there are no pesticides sprayed on his land)
Can he see me from afar?(Should I buy Godzilla mask Emotion: smile?

He can see you as soon (or sooner) than you see him. Unless you catch him when he isn't paying attention, and sneak up on him. I never really tried to tame mine down, I keep a lot of lizards and understand that the majority of them do not want to be handled. Mine are not tamed, but after probably two months they realized that I was feeding them, not eating them, and have gotten used to my presence. They don't freak out when I walk in the room, they look expectantly through the glass. And when I reach in the cage to pick something up, they don't run from my hand, they stare at it to see if I'm holding bugs.
As I try to sneak up on Curley Joe I have to wonder just how well farcan

Thank you I will keep trying. I just returned from petco to try to decide on a new home. Bought some more crickets and asked an older woman about the feeding of Curley Joe. She said only crickets-never eats anthing but. No fruit-no waxworms-nothing. He will always hide and never change the way he is now. Always listening but not always agree I will keep the little guy but I am dieing to sit and watch something that I will animate. I saw several new baby geen Iguana I may buy one of and setup 50Gal tank for instead of what I might as well call Lonely Joe of the Iguanas Ignorus species. Emotion: smile

Thanks
Proctor
I still might get the Godzilla mask for halloween.
I saw several
new baby geen Iguana I may buy one of and setup 50Gal tank for instead of what I might as well call Lonely Joe of the Iguanas Ignorus species. Emotion: smile Thanks Proctor

Mr. Proctor,
Please go out and buy a book about Green Iguanas. Read the section on housing first. You will quickly come to find out that a 50 gal. tank won't do for an ig for very long. They are GIANT lizards. It would be like you staying in your bathroom for the rest of your life.

Imagine how dreadful.
Also, they are cute, animated and agile at 3 inches. THey are STILL cute, animated and AGILE at 4 feet. Along with the claws and whipping tail, they can really do some damage. Iguana's are NOT for the beginner, despite what many pet stores will tell you.
Really, my adult green iguana is in a 6ft tall, 2.5 deep, 4ft wide cage and he has a large water area at the bottom, so large that I had to get an aquarium cleaner hose to syphon out the water to pick up the container. Please either reconsider the green iguana purchase or do MUCH homework on the housing needs, the food requirments, and teh lighting and heating needs. Then, if you feel like putting that kind of effort into an animal that almost always runs your vet bills into the hundreds when there IS a problem, buy one that is lively, alert, has a full tail, all limbs, and is not too skinny. Try to observe it eating and definitely handle it.

Trai
Before you get a green iguana ...
I have a fair amount of experience in keeping very large lizards. Not iguanas, but various species of monitors that reach about the same size. The enclosure for one or a pair of my adult monitors costs between $500 and $1000. If you live on the east coast, where electricity prices are high, you can expect bi-monthly $1000 electricity bills during the winter months. The effort and frustration that goes into building a proper enclosure for a large lizard is immense. The monster cage that results takes up more room than a large dining room table.

That being said, monitors are easier to care for than iguanas. Monitors do not need special lighting, a rack of 90 Watt halogen floodlamps will do. Iguanas require lights that produce a specific type of invisible light called UV-B. This is required for the regulation of calcium, and without it iguanas can get horrible bone deformities. Rather than cheap incandescents, you'll probably be best with mercury vapor fixtures - and these fixtures cost even more.

Monitors are also easier to feed than iguanas - just thaw out a mouse or rat and toss it in. Iguanas require a nutritionally ballanced blend of vegetables (and the occasional fruit). I've tried caring for iguanas before, and would not want to do so again because of the effort that goes into feeding them.
Finally, iguanas are one of the few reptiles that will actually be agressive toward humans. In the rutting season, male iguanas have been known to attack their owners without provocation. Like pretty much any other reptile, however, they can also be very defensive if they feel they are being threatened, and will not hesitate to defend themselves with tail, teeth, and claws. This can be cute in a 2 inch gecko, but with a 20 pound, six foot male iguana it can lead to serious injuries.

Some people love iguanas, but please, please consider carefully if you want to make the huge adjustments to your lifestyle, if you have the money and resources and dedication to care for a large lizard that will, at best, tolerate your presence and at worst will be dangerously fearful or downright agressive.As regards to taming your curley-tail, I found that with many of the more high strung reptiles it helps to just leave them alone. Do not force any type of confrontation on the lizard. Do not handle it unless the lizard is comfortable with it or in the event of an emergency (such as an escape or necessary vet visit). The more you stress it, the more it associates you with bad things (fear and stress). You need to build trust with your lizard. Let it settle in for a week or two, let it get used to its new surroundings.
During this time, make every effort to keep things as un-stressful as possible, including letting it see you as little as possible if that is stressing it. Then, slowly try to get it used to you. Let it see you in an unthreatening manner. Let it learn to get used to you as you bring it food, or clean its cage. Eventually, it will come to accept your presence. It might even approach you of its own free will. Do what you can to keep this level of trust that you have built - a single forced handling session could send you back to the beginning.
Best of luck,
Luke
Can he hear sound? (should I talk to him to get him used to my voice?)

Well my iguana can definately hear stuff. Sometimes he likes to hang out on the radiator when it's on. He closes his eyes and rests his chin on the top of the radiator. If I say "hi iggy" to him he opens his eyes a fraction and looks at me before closing them again
NOO! Don't get a green iguana !
By far the most evil-tempered, demanding, aggressive (dare I say down right stupid ?) little bastards that you will find !
That is not to knock those few who have "good" iguanas, the majority of iguana owners will tell you right off the bat that you wouldn't want one. The truth is that green iguanas, for the most part, are just plain evil. EVIL !
There is the rare specimen with the temperment of a kitten. I would bet money that you would be highly disappointed with a green iguana, and another ig would end up in a shelter in a short amount of time. Start a post titled "I think I want a Green Iguana" and see what type of responses you get.
If you really are thinking of a green iguana, Do Not Buy One. You will be supporting a cruel trade that ends with thousands of abandoned and abused green iguanas. If you really want a green ig, do your research first, and adopt one, I am sure there are a hundred or more in your area that are unwanted.
Buy a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a chinese water dragon (much like an iguana, but smaller), a uromastyx, a blue tongue skink, a pink tongue skink, a fire skink, or a Mountain horn dragon.
-Ryan
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Thanks to both of you for your advice. I will do as you suggest. I guess I should do all my re-thinking in the time period after I return from the pet stores. I need a cooling down period I think. I am an impulsive person acting strictly on infatuation. I envy you guys.
Thanks again..
P
Before you get a green iguana ... I have a fair amount of experience in keeping very large lizards. Not ... you have built - a single forced handling session could send you back to the beginning. Best of luck, Luke

Thank you very much Luke. You have enlighted me on to some serious considerations. I am sure I will keep my Curley Joe around and just give him moe time(A little three stooges humor:). I have not really invested much and we both have the rest of our lives. I will however take much time considering all suggestions and will look for more as many others offer their stories. I enjoy getting to know posters and their family kigdom and would always revisit and sites with pics to display.

Regards.
Proctor
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