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Welcome to Frog City’s The Iguana Blog.

The purpose of this blog is to share my iguana experiences with other current or up and coming iguana owners. As she grows, I will share all sorts of my experiences with her, from nail clipping to that looming problem for all owners of a juvenile iguana – the future cage setup!

I bought Esmerelda from the most recent reptile expo (March 16th ’08) for just 12 dollars! The dealer said she was around 3-4 months old.

I was a little worried about her when I first brought her home because she kept sneezing. I though that, since she had been a moist plastic container all day at the show, that that could be a part of the problem. But I looked up "sneezing" in Melissa Kaplan’s "Iguanas For Dummies" book and realized that it’s quite natural! So don’t worry, sneezing is just how they expel salts!

It is amazing how sharp their little claws can be! I clipped Esmerelda’s nails about a week after I brought her home. She was giving me cuts all over my hands (and forgetting about them later and putting hand sanitizer all over them doesn’t feel good at all!). I used a regular people nail clipper to do it and had someone else hold her while I did the back feet.

To do the front feet, because she was getting skittish, I wrapped the back of her body in a towel. This worked pretty well. 

I used the drawing in Melissa Kaplan’s Iguanas For Dummies to see where you were exactly suppose to clip them (a very good guide and book to have on hand) and I had no problems. Though it was only the very tip that needed to be clip, it makes a world of difference!

For the most part, Esmerelda is very calm, but she [i]does[/i] try to whip me with her tail from time to time. But she will usually only do this if there is some sort of fast movement nearby. If I’m worried that she is going to whip me (someone’s walking by quickly, or she just raises her tail like she is about to) I just gently grab her tail and she gives me a funny look and usually lets her tail go back down.She is 20 inches long from her nose to the tip of her tail and I will post some images of her by the measuring stick soon. Right now she is in a bit of a makeshift 20 gallon long tank with a heat lamp, towel flooring, and a rubber ten gallon grid tank top, leaned against the side which serves as a good basking spot, with a bowl of food. This won’t last long though and I have a larger tank that I will probably move her into soon.

I have some info I could share on feeding, showers, and how she has responded to my water dragon but I will save those for another post for now.