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HarleyTheGSD 05-22-2014 04:35 PM

Green Iguana-Update
 
Well, I decided that I'm not ready for a green iguana. They say they're best for more experienced reptile owners. They can be aggressive, inflicting gruesome wounds;.Get up to six feet long; are extremely aggressive during mating season. I will not be another novice to dispose of one of these beautiful creatures.

I've been doing research on other large lizard species, and found the Argentine Black and White Tegu. They reach lengths of up to five feet, are very docile, and considered to be "friendly as dogs". I'm trying to learn as much as possible about them, then I'll see if they're the right lizard for me. :)

pyratemom 05-22-2014 06:41 PM

We had green Iguanas for pets for a few years. They get to know you but still can smack you with their tail and it hurts too. Since that time it seems the area has had an iguana explosion. We had several hurricanes and some must have gotten out because every mulch pile had iguana eggs during nesting season. They are all over the place now. Some people don't like them because they like to eat flowers and if they put a bunch of money into fancy flowers an iguana can eat through a whole plant very quickly.

Susan_GSD_mom 05-22-2014 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD (Post 5553545)
Well, I decided that I'm not ready for a green iguana. They say they're best for more experienced reptile owners. They can be aggressive, inflicting gruesome wounds;.Get up to six feet long; are extremely aggressive during mating season. I will not be another novice to dispose of one of these beautiful creatures.

I've been doing research on other large lizard species, and found the Argentine Black and White Tegu. They reach lengths of up to five feet, are very docile, and considered to be "friendly as dogs". I'm trying to learn as much as possible about them, then I'll see if they're the right lizard for me. :)

Brittany, where do you keep a lizard that can grow to 5 ft. long? :shocked:
(Oh to be young and full of energy again, LOL)

Susan

Saphire 05-22-2014 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by HarleyTheGSD (Post 5553545)
Well, I decided that I'm not ready for a green iguana. They say they're best for more experienced reptile owners. They can be aggressive, inflicting gruesome wounds;.Get up to six feet long; are extremely aggressive during mating season. I will not be another novice to dispose of one of these beautiful creatures.

I've been doing research on other large lizard species, and found the Argentine Black and White Tegu. They reach lengths of up to five feet, are very docile, and considered to be "friendly as dogs". I'm trying to learn as much as possible about them, then I'll see if they're the right lizard for me. :)

Yep my girl sent me to emerg for several stitches after grabbing a pinky out of my hand but included my finger..my fault but all the same it happened. They don't cuddle..hate dogs and cats and can inflict serious damage to their legs with their tail when full grown. The only serious aggression my girl had was when she laid eggs. They were buried and I had no idea until they started hatching. Cage cleaning had been tough and at the time I thought it was simply maturity. They are a big responsibility but no more than any other animal kept as a pet.

HarleyTheGSD 05-23-2014 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by pyratemom (Post 5554033)
We had green Iguanas for pets for a few years. They get to know you but still can smack you with their tail and it hurts too. Since that time it seems the area has had an iguana explosion. We had several hurricanes and some must have gotten out because every mulch pile had iguana eggs during nesting season. They are all over the place now. Some people don't like them because they like to eat flowers and if they put a bunch of money into fancy flowers an iguana can eat through a whole plant very quickly.

Luckily, I live in an area where it's too cold to keep an iguana outside. So I don't think I'll be seeing any iguanas destroying my mom's flowers. :)

HarleyTheGSD 05-23-2014 09:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom (Post 5554161)
Brittany, where do you keep a lizard that can grow to 5 ft. long? :shocked:
(Oh to be young and full of energy again, LOL)

Susan

Oh, I've been planning it out very carefully. :) The enclosure will go in my bedroom. I think I'll get rid of my desk and dresser, and put a 6' or 8' (whichever fits in that space) enclosure in their place. Of course, it would have to be custom made.
Well, I do plan on taking it out often. To go on walks to the park on hot summer days, cuddle on the couch while watching movies, training, etc. :D

PMRonan 05-23-2014 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Saphire (Post 5554465)
Yep my girl sent me to emerg for several stitches after grabbing a pinky out of my hand but included my finger..my fault but all the same it happened. They don't cuddle..hate dogs and cats and can inflict serious damage to their legs with their tail when full grown. The only serious aggression my girl had was when she laid eggs. They were buried and I had no idea until they started hatching. Cage cleaning had been tough and at the time I thought it was simply maturity. They are a big responsibility but no more than any other animal kept as a pet.

Iguana's are vegan... completely vegan. Even crickets to a juvenile us considered more for motor development than nutrition as their body doesn't break down animal protein.

I love both my Green and Blue iggy. They ride beside me in my truck and completely ignore my dogs.

I love that they can be "potty trained." My advise for a cage for a 6 to 9 ft. adult (including tail) is to replace a closet door with plexiglass and paint the inside walls with a non toxic waterproof sealing paint and build it up from there.

As long as you LOVE dicing 9 to 12 veggies, fruits and melons types a day. They are amazing pets.

PMRonan 05-23-2014 10:18 AM

Bearded Dragons are AWESOME beginner lizards. Also Crested geckos are pretty awesome. Both simple and mostly friendly. The Bearded does better being handled in most situations.

HarleyTheGSD 05-23-2014 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by PMRonan (Post 5556497)
Bearded Dragons are AWESOME beginner lizards. Also Crested geckos are pretty awesome. Both simple and mostly friendly. The Bearded does better being handled in most situations.

I actually have a bearded dragon now. And have had one in the past. LOVE them. They are awesome lizards, and surprisingly interactive. :)
I'm looking to "upgrade" my experience. And I've always loved large lizards. I'm trying to learn as much about Tegus as possible. I think I'll buy a book on them. Then I'll decide if they're right for me.

HarleyTheGSD 05-23-2014 11:42 AM

I've also had anoles and leopard geckos. Beardies are definitely my favorite. :)


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