Aug 25, 2008

Iguana Pet

Say hello to Niner, Rebecca's pet green iguana. Look at the size of that beast! Yes, green iguanas really do get that big. They get to be 40 feet long, can fly, and breathe fire...oh wait. That's dragons. Green iguanas can, however, reach seven feet in length (half of that is the whip-like tail), so keep that in mind.

In fact, you should always keep in mind the adult version of the cute little pet you're buying at the pet store. Green iguanas are usually sold when they're still juveniles. But take into consideration that they can live to be 20+ years, need lots of fresh fruit, and demand an enormous enclosure (look at Niner's digs as an example). And they need attention. I've also heard that about one in five iguanas can be a biter; the children might not enjoy that.

Be responsible pet owners, people, like Rebecca. Now, who lent me this soapbox? You can have it back.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iggy = awesome. : )

Okay, I need help here. For reasons I won't go into I am now the proud owner of a 40 gallon fish tank. I think I would like to get a/some non-fish critter/s who would be happy to live in it. Any ideas? It/they should be friendly and easy to care for and unlikely to escape. Oh, and I couldn't feed my new pet/s mice or anything fuzzy... I would be okay feeding crickets, but that's about it.

So, any suggestions? I would be a totally new lizard/whatever owner.

Sherry at SofN :D

niner said...

My baby!
*tells entire family to come look at website*
Thank you!

~Sherry~
Bearded dragons are extremely friendly but probably would require a 55 gallon tank when it gets older. Other small lizards include chameleons and geckos and turtles but I couldn't tell you much about those.

Raging Wombat said...

Sherry, I suggest a small herd (pod, gaggle, school) of hermit crabs. You could set up a really cool (technically, warm) environment for them, with this to clamber up and climb, shelters, hidey holes, etc.

Jade said...

Sherry- Bearded Dragon, a pair of leopard geckos, or hermit crabs would be best.

As for the post- I *LOVE* seeing responsible iguana owners. It's, unfortunately, a rarity.

Theodosia said...

A friend of mine used to take his iguana (which eventually died of old age, btw) on walks -- he said it was an incredible chick-magnet, and not only that, the chicks were generally of the kind who don't get upset with a boyfriend who likes to keep exotic pets....

Kelly said...

Muah-ha-ha! Jeedi Jedi...

Kit said...

I had a biter iguana for quite a few years. Biggest jerk reptile out there. He looked like an awesome stud, though. Never again, will I get an iguana.

~Sherry~ Get an Axolotl!
They are 'water dogs' or 'mexican walking fish'. They have the fringe like gills and well never escape on you. They eat pellets, feeder fish, crickets, small frogs, whatever will fit into their mouths. Very interesting to look out... not so much an animal you can handle though. It's happy in the water.

jenjen said...

Also, just FYI, iguanas can be smarter than they look and escape from your average fish tank enclosure. Especially if you are trying to conceal the fact you own said iguana from your parental units. Just sayin.

niner said...

Hey Jenjen, completely agree. Iguanas are smarter than people give them credit for. They recognize the sound of voices and remember that you accidentally left their cage unlocked once, pried the corner of the sliding door apart and had free reign of the house all day. And henceforth will go only to that corner and try to pry the doors apart again.

pottergirl11 said...

Haha, I love Iguanas. They are so cute! My parents had one when I was a baby. I loved that lizard. :) I even named him. Igoo. Lol. :)

AmberJayne said...

Sherry, I agree with leopard geckos. I have one named Mushu (I didn't name it, but it's a cute name anyway.... nm) so yeh, they don't "stick" to glass like other geckos, they're not aggressive, they eat crickets, they're way easy to care for and they're damn cute! Or the American Toad which you can catch in most wooded areas throughout North America in late summer through fall. They're also easy to care for, not poisonous, cute, eat crickets... So yeh. Weee

Bill said...

Hi Raging Wombat. I went to college with Rebecca and am having a hard time finding her to get back in touch. I understand if you don't want to give me her information, but if you have any way of contacting her, could you let her know that Bill and Eric from DeVry are looking for her? And please give her my email address: bhaelochon@gmail.com. Thanks.