Moving Up

2019-07-08
Moving Up
Fio's greenhouse was getting too small - he weighs about 5 pounds now. Fortunately, greenhouses come in bigger sizes. We still need to add some tropical plants, but at least he has room to stretch out his magnificent tail.

He still likes hanging out by the window until the lawn mower comes by. And yes, he hates me and my camera.


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Terrible Pets

2019-02-17
Terrible Pets
Fio is a beautiful creature, but I feel it is my responsibility to say ...

Iguanas Make Terrible Pets!!!

They don't belong in our houses. They belong outdoors. Their huge claws are great for climbing trees. Not so great on skin.

They enjoy 90 degree temperatures and 90 percent humidity. They love to bask in the sun. Lamps and humidifiers don't' cut it in an Ohio winter. The saddest thing is to see Fio sitting on a heating pad looking out a window at snow.

Their teeth are razors. Their long tails are scimitars. When the males go into season (about a third of the year) the world becomes their enemy, now matter how good natured they are the rest of the time. They either want to fight or mate with everything, including you and your clothing. Be prepared with tooth marks where you would rather not have them.

They don't want to live in cages. They need a lot of room since they get really big- up to 6 feet long and 20 pounds.

Buying a cute little baby iguana is like buying a cute little baby dragon. Before you know it, its as big as your house and breathing fire. Even the reptile rescue where FIo originated has a no-iguana policy unless they are delivered by another organization. We think Fio was abandoned in an apartment and delivered to a humane society. One of the lucky ones.

So why would there be a trade in iguanas? Please, reptile breeders and reptile lovers everywhere, let's stop trying to make iguanas into pets!
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When Fio arrived he was tiny. Just like most of the 'pet' iguanas in my experience, when they were once common pet shop 'merchandise'. Few of them ever made it past the baby stage.

Fio is turning into a fantastic beast.
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Iguana Glare

2018-09-27
Iguana Glare
Fio does not like the camera, which is why we haven't taken many pictures lately. He is very demonstrative and lets us know right away when he isn't pleased.

He likes: hibiscus flowers, mustard greens, and arugula.

He hates; cell phone cameras and the orange cat. But mostly, he hates Max. Max is a bearded dragon. He's scrawny and not much to look at.

But, as soon as Fio spotted him across the room, Max became THE ENEMY!Fio reared up, puffed out his dewlap and swished his tail around. We are assuming he thinks Max is another male iguana - a cause for extreme iguana consternation.

Since we are doing our best to help Fio relax, we moved Max to another room. As soon as Max was out of sign, Fio calmed down.

He still scowls at the cat, but the cat is just a dangerous predator who could eat him in a hearbeat, not THE ENEMY!
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Love or Hate...?

2017-11-23
Love or Hate...?
Fio has been 'in season' for the last month and not very interested in food. He may be looking for some other iguanas to fight or mate with, but there is only an orange cat.

One day he saw his reflection in a hand mirror. and got all puffy and indignant. But what bothered him the most was that when he looked behind the mirror he couldn't find the other iguana. I was impressed that he made the connection. Not sure the cat could have figured that out.
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