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#1 10-01-2008 05:11:47

BantyChickMom
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From: Henderson, NC
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Meet FRED

Fred is a green iguana and belongs to my dh.
DH got Fred 2 years ago for Father's Day and even though Fred is a masculine name, we actually think Fred is a SHE.

Fred was about 12" when we first got him and is now about 3'!


DH has always handled him so Fred is actually very calm.

This was taken about a year ago,




And this was taken earlier this year,


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#2 10-01-2008 09:06:20

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Re: Meet FRED

Cute!!! If "fred" ever has babies.. let me know! :mnk

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#3 10-01-2008 09:30:08

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Re: Meet FRED

I can't remember the name of the iguana I had to take care of, but it was about 3-4 feet long; a real big one.
He was not handled regularly and when i took him out to clean his tank, he would try to run; not realizing that he wasn't on the ground, while I was holding him.
Anyway, the thing had really sharp nails and he would shred my arms everytime I had to handle him; he wasn't mean, or anything, just kinda ... well... not so bright. lol

Do you guys have that problem at all with fred?


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#4 10-01-2008 11:57:03

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Re: Meet FRED

Fred's a BEAUTY!!

But, um, gotta ask.. how can you tell that Fred's a girl? big_smile


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#5 10-02-2008 06:17:53

BantyChickMom
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From: Henderson, NC
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Re: Meet FRED

We have to trim Fred's claws every so often, basically just clip the needle point off then he can be handled without drawing blood.

Steve, he does not like to be held and will thrash around, which is why it takes me and dh both when it's time for a trim...............dh holds and I clip.  He will sit on your shoulder or crawl up and down your arms but just doesn't like to feel restrained.


Meg, when Fred was about a year old, I was in the pet shop where we bought him from and the lady had 3 more iguanas, very young, 1 of them was just like Fred was when we first got him, the other 2 had spikes twice the size as Fred's and he was a year older.  We really have no clue, just our own speculation.


I think the thing that surprised me the most was to learn that iguanas are mainly vegetarians.
Fred mainly eats turnip salad or mustard greens, he loves green peas and spaghetti noodles and bread.

He has to have a source of UV in order to absorb calcium from his food, when the UV light is not working he will stop using the bathroom and will stop eating. 
We just had to buy a 36" light fixture because of that very reason.  Dh has been putting him in a warm bath to help with the bathroom issue, at least until he gets back to normal, sometimes that takes a few weeks to a month.

We have a small cage outside that dh puts him in when it hot and he takes Fred out about every other day and lets him crawl around the bedroom.

He started out in a 2 H X 18" W X 3' L  cage, then he moved up into my 2 X 2 X 8 chick brooder, and is now in a
2' W X 42" H X 8' L  cage that is taking up a whole wall in our bedroom.
I have no idea where he'll move to next but I hope that's a few years away.

One more thing, they have to have a body length of 12" to be considered an adult,  body length only, and Fred reached that a few months ago.

Last edited by BantyChickMom (10-02-2008 06:20:56)


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#6 10-02-2008 09:38:41

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Re: Meet FRED

Very cute! We had a couple growing up! And I'd say that it's a female, mainly because in most breeds of many animals the males are brighter and more attractive in coloring so that they can attract the females... Unfortunatly.... haha


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#7 10-02-2008 08:57:56

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Re: Meet FRED

That's one big lizard!


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