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Hi guys

This is my first post, I'm new here

About 6 months ago we took on a 3 1/2 foot female iguana, not in great condition to be honest, and we seem to have improved her health since we got her
She was kept in a nice vivarium, about 4 * 2 * 4 foot dims, and well stocked with branches and bath, but she was perhaps a bit neglected, not badly treated as such, but just neglected...she was probably bought when she was a little cutey, and as she got bigger she got handled less, and loved less, until she was advertised for sale, viv and all!!
Since we got her sha has bulked out a bit, and got a bit more easy to handle...still can't totally handle her, but she has always been able to be hand fed, and stroked... Her skin condition also seems a lot better now, and her colour is more vivid than it was....we vary her diet, and include hoppers once a month or so as a treat... she seems to like them, and she also has nutrient supplements, on advice from our reptile shop, plus additives in the bath for her skin conditioning.

When we got her, she had some old possibly burn damage on her shoulder, sha has also lost the end 6 inches of her tail some time in the past...the end is now a different colour, but the thing I am confused about is the crest of spikes that runs from the top of her head down her back...we were told they would grow back and that they regularly fall out... however, they have not grown back in the 6 months we have had her, and she has just tiny (what look like torn) stumps of spikes on top of her head, than nothing at all until her shoulders, when her spikes grow normally

I just ondered if she would ever grow them again as she gets bigger, or will she be forever bald?? bless her....

here she is... hope a photo bucket link works on this forum....

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cheers
John
 

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awww bless her. i cant tell u if they grow back but i hope they do. she looks very pretty regardless though. nice of u to take such good care of her :)
 

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im not going to give u a definate answer.my iggy has lost pieces of his crest..individual spikes due to bad sheds etc.most havent grown back.thats a beautiful iggy u have there my male would love her lol.melissa kaplan (iggy expert) makes scarfs for iggys maybe u could get one of those :lol2:
 

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once the spikes have come off, they'll not come back :(
I notice you said you feed hoppers as a treat - what you are in fact doing is poisoning him :( iggys are vegetarians and their digestive system isn't designed to cope with animal protein, so anything animal or animal based (eg dairy product etc) is bad for them, and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
 

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their digestive system isn't designed to cope with animal protein, so anything animal or animal based (eg dairy product etc) is bad for them, and can eventually lead to kidney failure.
Interesting, i didnt know this. I knew that iguana food farms feed a mainly animal protein based food to ensure rapid growth to culling weight and that sort of quantity was dangerous in the long term, but not that such small quantities were going to cause a problem.

Learn something every day!!
 

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Thanks for the advice, I was following advice from our local rep shop, the guy who runs it keeps a lot of different reptiles, and advised that as theyeat them when young, and when they are available in the wild, it's not a problem....I also read this in various technical books and web-sites...it seems the thoughts on this are varied, I am not sure which advice is right, but she only gets 3-4 hoppers a month as a treat, and seems to really enjoy them. I guess, I'll look into it a bit more, but I suppose it's like most things in life, the things we like best aren't always good for you. But I'll bear it in mind...Ta
 

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I keep a lot of different reptiles and i don't know everything. Information is constantly changing as we become more clued up about the animals in our charge.
I'd guess the shop owner was just basing his thoughts on what has turned around to be out of date information rather than him intentionally miss-informing you or just guessing at care info.

After reading the information on the link i would probably say that i personally would still be happy to feed them as an occasional treat - in much the same way you do.

We know excess alcohol is bad for us yet how many still drink, because we enjoy it!?!

EDIT: beat me to it, lol
 

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I think the shop owner is quite up on uptodate info....from my chat with him, he seemed horrified when i first spoke to him, about me not giving supplements...until i explained we had just basically taken her over for the best, and that's why i asked for his advice. From then on, he couldn't be more helpful, and was full of advice, admittedly he may be wrong, all the care sheets and books i've read seem to say different things,and all seem to base their ideas on the fact that igs are insectivores when they grow up, and that some seem to grow out of this.

I will definitely make sure she doesn't have too many hoppers, but if she likes them, then i'll let her have some as a treat once in a while, wouldn't be fair not to, and i also think that mot animals know what is and isn't good for them and wouldn't eat something that was bad for them, unless absolutely starving, and I can guarentee that she always has loads of food available before the hoppers (yes I know some people think it better to occasionally not feed the lizards on odd occasions, to simulate the wild, but i think this relates to carniverous lizards / snakes more....any ideas??)

sorry I do go on a bit...i know:lol2:
 

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i never feed my iguana any kind of insect.they are purely vegetarian.i have seen iggys that have been fed meat and live food and they have all suffered for this.:-| just give him collard greens and a mixture of other veg n fruit and he will thrive on this.no more locusts please:)
 

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well guys thanks for the advice...for now, I'll cut out the hoppers, but I'm still confused...I've spoken to another rep expert today and was told the same thing again. That they'd eat an insect in the wild if one happened along, or if it was on the leaf it was eating...and that the quants I feed her, would only equate to about 5% of her days intake, and then only once a month.

But I will seek further evidence that it won't hurt her before i get any more....it's just so confusing:help:

i think i'll have to start my second thread....:lol2:
 
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