My Iguana…her name is Cosmo
I know…Cosmo is a masculine name…but we named her long before we knew she was a female. She’s been a good pet…she’s never bitten me, nor whipped me with her tail. She likes me 🙂
If you’re thinking about getting an iguana, give it some serious thought…they really are high maintenance. They require a special diet, which consists of a 2:1 ratio of calcium to phospherous fruits and vegetables….they require ultraviolet rays and Vitamin D for proper metabolic bone growth. They also need to be very warm…all the time. This requires heat lamps,,,and special tube lights which are expensive. Improper care results in a painful existence for the poor creature.
We’ve had our girl for a little over eleven years now. My son brought her home…told me he was going to take care of her for a friend while this friend was on vacation. After about a week, I googled ig’s on the internet, and came across a site run by a woman of the name of Melissa Kaplan
. I’ve been following her advice…and things have gone swell. Oh…the girl my son was watching the ig for? She gave up all parental rights when I discovered that green iguanas require more than just romaine lettuce to survive!
You may have noticed that Cosmo doesn’t have a tail. Poor baby fell in her cage…broke her tail…it got infected…and the reptile vet had no choice but to amputate. It never grew back.
In my prior post, I mentioned that I had to make her vegetables.
The bowl on the left consists of chopped up collards with a large tablespoon of vegetable mix from the bowl on the right. It is also Cosmo’s dinner. The bowl on the right is chopped up green beans, acorn squash, alfalfa pellets, a few orca pods, some mustard greens, and several California mission figs…all chopped up in the food processor. I prepare the vege mix, put it in freezer bags…freeze it…and thaw one at a time…as needed. I mix greens with the vege mix…and that’s what she eats every day. Spinach is a no no….Collards, and Dandelion greens is what she likes best. No crickets…ewwwww.
As soon as the weather gets warm, I take Cosmo outside so she can get some rays…like I said, it’s good for her. She needs it to stay healthy. We usually put some warm water in a kiddie pool…where she sometimes poops. During the winter, she poops in our bathtub. Because Igs can carry salmonellae…we use bleach and water when cleaning up after her. Like I said, high maintenance.
This past October…we experienced an exceptionally warm day. I decided to take her out front for a walk. I always put her on a leash (it’s actually a rabbit or a ferret leash…I guess it doesn’t pay to advertise them as iguana leashes)…haha…don’t laugh. Anyway,,, whenever I take her outside to our front lawn,,, I get some strange looks from people passing by in their cars. One man stopped on this particular day…rolled down his window, and asked me what the heck I had on the leash. My reply, “It’s my dog…dressed up as a lizard for Halloween”. He drove away laughing and shaking his head. By the way, lizard poop makes great fertilizer 🙂
Of course I’ve done a scrapbook page on our Cosmo…and here it is
She’s such a good girl.