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Measured Esmerelda again August 9th and she is now 28 1/2 inches from nose to tail tip!

She is eating well and shedding regularly and is pretty calm with other people, Her claws can be very sharp though, so those need to be clipped at least monthly for comfortable handling. I have just been using regular people nail clippers with no problem. She can be a little fussy, so I just wrap her in a towel, only exposing the foot I want to work with. 

She really seems to like this Juvenile Iguana Food I got her at an exotics pet store near us. The brand is Rep Cal and it has a very ripe fruity smell. All I do is pour some out into her bowl and moisten it a little with one of my spray bottles. 

If you’re having trouble getting your iguana to eat pellet foods I’d recommend this. She took to it very quickly.


^Rep Cal food shown with Mustard Greens

On the other hand, she didn’t seem to care particularly for the Zilla brand:
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She would eat it, but not as readily as the Rep Cal:
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I was a week late measuring her this time, but I guess I wasn’t wrong when I thought she looked bigger. She’s grown a whole inch! Esmerelda is now 22 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail.

At this rate she could be 30+ inches on the anniversary of my taking her home!

She has filled out since I brought her home and her colors have been brighter. She is getting calmer with time. Last night she actually crawled onto my hand when I put it into her tank.

I will soon be moving her into a larger tank. I have one that is slightly larger and just need to measure it to get the right sized top.

She is still a little picky about her food, but is eating good. She really likes carrot and banana baby food. I have some iguana pellet food for her that I bought from the petco that she likes to ignore. But she will eat it when she thinks I’m not looking (she does this a lot of the time with the collard greens too).

But I did catch her a few nights ago:

 

Just a couple of recent pictures.
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In the above shots, Esmerelda enjoys some lettuce while she sits on my arm.
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The above shot was taken when I first measured Esmerelda. She would often take on this "threatening" position when I would get close to her or try to pick her up when I first got her. She rarely does this now and she hardly ever tries to whip me except when I am trying to take her out of her cage. 
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Here, Esmerelda enjoys looking out at the great outdoors. Maybe in the summer I will be able to set her up with a little summer house for warm days.

 

Just a couple of recent pictures.

In the above shots, Esmerelda enjoys some lettuce while she sits on my arm.

The above shot was taken when I first measured Esmerelda. She would often take on this "threatening" position when I would get close to her or try to pick her up when I first got her. She rarely does this now and she hardly ever tries to whip me except when I am trying to take her out of her cage. 

Here, Esmerelda enjoys looking out at the great outdoors. Maybe in the summer I will be able to set her up with a little summer house for warm days.

 

When I first brought Esmerelda home, she didn’t want to eat more than one piece of each thing. One piece of lettuce, one piece of kale, one piece of mustard green. She was a very stubborn eater and I was worried about her not eating enough.

I remembered a time when I was at the Walgreen’s buying baby food for my crested geckos. One of the clerks there told me about how she used to feed her iguana banana baby food. I happened to have some because of my cresteds so I gave it a shot.

I fed it to her with a syringe and she lapped it up. She’s also eaten carrot and the mango and assorted fruit flavors. I mixed in some calcium too to make sure she was getting good vitamins.

Now Esmerleda is being better about eating, probably because she has settled in more, and will eat lots of pieces of the same thing. She’s even been daring enough to try some of her dry iguana food, but she only likes to eat out of her bowl when she thinks I’m not looking. 

The first time I caught her I had opened the door and she had a big piece of lettuce hanging out of her mouth as she stood over the food bowl. As soon as she saw me she dropped it back into the bowl!

So if your iguana is being a little stubborn about eating, try baby food! Try flavors like carrots, banana, assorted fruits, and other tropical flavors.|