Posted by sharon robertson on 5/17/2016, 10:19 pm, in reply to "New Iguana" 188.8.131.52
My ig will be 21 this July. He is friendly and healthy so the only tips I can give are to be sure to research proper diet. Igs need a CaP ratio of 2:1 meaning 2 parts calcium to 1 part phospherous. I feed mine endive which has the perfect balance. Do not feed anything from the cabbage family like bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, kale or cabbage. No tomatoes, onions, celery or rhubarb. If your ig is a juvenile you will not be able to tell what sex he is for a year or so. Males have a hemipenes which lie at the base of the tail and extend like hips at the base of their tails like this < > ..females are straight down from the base of the tail. Males will be much larger and have a bigger tympanic scale below the ear than the females and will be much huskier. I have been handling my ig since he was 2 yrs old to get him used being around humans. I take him out in the sunny weather to get him lots of rays.. they need sun to live. Keep him warm in his enclosure and be sure to have UV light shining on him for at least 12 hrs a day if you can't tke him outside. I think he will just instinctively poop in the water tray .. but don't quote me on that. My fella is paper trained. Enjoy your new ig.. they are great pets.. I never regretted getting mine and he has become quite famous in my hometown. My ig is on a leash .... they are fast so be careful he doesn't get away if you take him out..