|Shall we meet my
baby? His name is Iggie (I'm pretty sure it's a
"him". Iggie is about 2 1/2 years old now, and about 5
feet long from nose to tail. He is a GREEN IGUANA.
Amazingly, he is very bright in color, with a lot of blue instead of
brown mixed into the common green and black markings found on most
iguana's. Iggie lives in a large ferret cage, above you can see
the glow of the heat lamp. A steam vaporizor runs in the corner of
the room in the winter months to help maintain a level of humidity and
prevent any drafts that could cause illness quickly. He has 2 logs
in his cage for climbing and keeping his nails a bit duller than in the
wild. On occasion I do file them with an emery board, though this
is usually in the summer months when we can go outside. Iggie sits
on the mailbox while I lift each foot, one at a time, and file each nail
to a "dull point". This makes things much easier when
I'm handling him. (iguanas have very long and sharp nails)
Iggie loves to cuddle. He will climb up onto my shoulder and lay
his head alongside of mine, and eventually go to sleep. We have
been known to fall asleep together on the couch during a
movie....cuddled up under the blanket, cheek to cheek. He really
is an amazing boy. When not in a stubborn mood (iguana's are known
for their tempers), he even gives sticky kisses on command.
Iggie loves food, in general, and munches away happily on a piece of cauliflower.
His diet consists entirely of natural/fresh fruits and vegetables, and he has a few favorites. Bananas make him go nuts! He will jump from ledge to ledge to grab a banana slice, and is not always careful of fingers. He also enjoys cucumbers, apples, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, asparagus, mustard & collard greens, carrots, zucchini squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, pears, peas, celery, and any other fruits and vegetables I can find to offer him. (On a rare occasion my boyfriend sneaks him and my oscars each a piece of chicken.)
Iggie is leash trained, and loves to ride in the car, too. He will bask in the sun up on the dash board, and is always very well behaved.