Congrats on your new addition! Well it depends on how old/big your
Ig is if you can tell the sex. You won't be able to tell until it
reaches sexual maturity. If you look on the underside of the Igs
back legs, what would be considered their thigh, you will see some
pores in a line along the leg. Males will have large pores sometimes
with a waxy substance on them. Females will have very undersized
pores and no wax. You usually wont be able to tell this until they
are atleast 18 months.
There really is no way to tell exactly how old your Ig is but a vet
will be able to give you a pretty close guess. One of my Ig's age
was unknown and the vet narrowed it down to 2 1/2 - 3 yrs old so
they can get pretty close.
The food part is probably going to be what you are going to want to
do most of your research on, that and lighting. Iguanas are strict
vegitarians and eat mostly leafy greens (NOT lettuce). The best
greens are Collard greens they contain a lot of calcium and not a
lot of phosphorus. Also Dandelion, mustard, & turnip greens are
good. You want to make sure you Ig gets a variety of greens and
atleast 3 different ones a day. The greens should make up around 70%
of their "salad". Veggies, chopped green beans and/or peas are good
for a green veggie.
Igs respond to color, so you wanna add some color like any winter
squash (softened in water in the microwave). BEtween this and the
peas or G. beans you should be pretty covered in veggies, they
should be about 20% of your diet. Things like sweet potatoes,
carrots, or yams can be used on occassion but not daily. They are
high in oxalates which are bad for your Ig.
For Fruit, Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, papaya, are all
good/safe fruits. Fresh Fgi is the absolute best for them but can be
hard to come by and a bit pricey, but if you can swing it it is the
best way to go. Fruits are usually just used to add flavor and color
to your diet. They dont play a big part in their nutrition so
should only make up 10% of your diet. Bananas are a favorite for
people to give their Igs but are very high in phosphorus and should
only be used occasionally.
So you see there is alot that goes into these little guys but they
are worth it. Hit the web and do some research. Some good sources
are, Melissa Kaplan (author of Iguanas for Dummies) anything she
says most Ig owners wear by it. One place that helped me when I got
my first Ig was www.greenigsociety.org, they have a great website
check it out and read up on everything you can.
hope I was some help!
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, "ask me and i will tell ya"
> I just recently got a iguana off of a guy and how you know if its a
> male or a female. And what to know why it's tail is turning brown.
> also wanted to know if you can tell how old it could be. And what
> all of the foods they can eat like vegs and fruit?
> A timely note to all new iguana keepers who have recently joined
the list: read the Welcome letter you received, and check out the
iguana websites linked to it before you post questions. You will
find a lot of information in those sites that will answer most if
not all of your basic questions. The IML is great for learning
about the nuances and additional information from other, more
experienced iguana keepers, leading to an overall better experience
for you and your iguana.
> My Iguana Care site (www.anapsid.org/iguana) has information on
sexing and size/age, diet, and more.
> As for the tail, turning brown may be a stress reaction to the
change to a new home (read the articles on change-related stress and
iguana skin color), or it (the tail, not the iguana) may be dying
due to gangrene having set in after an injury.
> Since all new iguanas need to be checked out by a reptile vet
within a couple of weeks of acquisition, your vet will be able to
better diagnose the situation if the color change is not a transient
stress reaction. If you don't already have a reptile vet, see the
Herp Vet lists and resources at my site.
> Melissa Kaplan