omg, just woke up from a dream where I had a giant pet alligator who would eat anyone who came into the house, which was this abandoned house with rain pouring in through the decayed walls & roof (an atmosphere I dream of constantly), but would cuddleup with me and would let me kiss him all over his face. ;n; (I was also wearing this sweet dress covered in mold and patches cut from scraps I found around the house & yard). But yeah he was fat and cuddly and when he didn’t have intruders to eat, I’d hunt animals with a bow and would have to feed him far away from me because it’s like he was afraid of scaring me by showing his big teefs. ;u;
Trying to calm myself down with old videos of my iguana, Jax. This was around when I first got him (his cage was WAY too small; he got lots of outdoor-time). If anyone out there found this video by searching “iguana” to try and get information about their care, PLEASE CONTACT ME as I would be happy to help you as much as possible with what I learned from -current- iguana books, vets and reputable breeders over the years.
Iguanas are incredibly difficult and expensive pets. They’re just like dogs or cats or any other animal you would give the utmost love and respect, and you should always have a considerable savings (or some insurance such as CareCredit which covers vet visits) before owning iguanas, or ANY other pet, for just in case anything unexpected happens that requires you to take them to the vet. Jax came to me with gout and he lived years longer than the vet said he would (he gave him 3 months). I took him for many vet visits in those 2 years I had him, and believe me, it was not cheap or easy.
I miss him so much. Even my insect/arachnid/amphibian/reptile-phobic grandmother fell in love with him and took care of him any time I was away for a few days. Keeping Jax brought such joy to my life and utterly convinced me that animals must have some form of a soul.
The thought of these amazing animals getting so mistreated as in my last reblog makes me feel utterly sick. PLEASE, do not look at that tiny little lizard in the pet store and buy them impulsively. In fact, don’t buy any animals from pet stores, BREEDERS are the way to go for the healthiest animals. The iguanas kept in pet stores are often fed crickets (feeding an iguana animal protein is a HUGE no-no, though sadly very common) and are rarely given access to sunlight. Often you can even see the little babies already showing MBD or other diseases. Iguanas should be fed a diet of -specific- fruits & veggies along with a good reptile pellet food. Regular iceberg lettuce or other lettuces should never be fed as anything more than treats as they have zero nutritional value for iguanas. They can be aggressive, and even if they aren’t, they can still bite or tailwhip you out of nowhere, especially males (Jax never attempted either, he was a really sweet boy, but it may just have been because he was too sick). Do your research, do not torture these animals, please.
My beautiful girl, Eidolon in her temporary tank. She’s just beginning to outgrow it (she’s a little over 5 ft, and her current tank is 5’x2’x1’. The ideal is 6’x2’x2’ or larger for adult boas, and since she’ll get two times bigger than she is now, I plan on converting this massive gun cabinet I have into a proper enclosure for her soon.) She’s the coolest snake ever and loves hanging out on my shoulders. I only handle her when Nick’s around and the cat is put up, despite her never showing any signs of aggression or squeezing too hard. She’s very well-fed and relaxed.
I took her to the vet when I first got her about a year ago because she had fresh scars on her face and a wheeze/whistle sound when she’d breathe. Apparently she was fed live at some point and a rat must have got her and caused her nasal cavity to deform a bit when it healed, causing the whistle. She’s doing really good now and her scars are barely visible after several perfect sheds. She’s gained a lot of weight (she was really underweight and was kept in a 20 gallon for MONTHS prior to my adopting her), and has always been nothing but a sweetie.
The whistle is still there on occasion, and I find it quite endearing now. Sometimes when I pet her head, she shivers, and it’s the cutest thing in the worlddd.
I need to get more pictures of her as she gets bigger. Right now, she’s about the max size an adult male would get. Females get much larger, and are a lot more responsibility.
Sir Fucus Fungalshire, my crested gecko! Will get better photos soon. He looks like mossy tree lichen & is SUPER soft;; Crested geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) love to hop, so you can’t handle them over any surfaces where they could be injured. They shouldn’t be handled more than 10-15 minutes every few days or so as they’re easily stressed. They eat mango, bananas, strawberries, and sometimes crickets. But mainly, they should eat powdered crested gecko diet, as it’s already specialized to take care of all their nutritional needs. It smells really good, too :P
I need a tegu in my life. I’ve wanted one for so long, but I’m a borderline herp/invert hoarder as it is… fffff ONE DAY.
My Jax. <3
You can see one of our mango trees in the background of the video we took. He has no interest in them, though.
I am adopting this beautiful 6 year old iguana from a friend online who couldn’t keep him any longer. I’ve never owned such a large reptile, but I recall my first boyfriend having three of them and I’ve adored them ever since. I’ve been reading about them for the past few days and feel I’m well-prepared for his arrival today. I’m so nervous/excited!! I hope he likes me and doesn’t mourn for his previous owner too badly. Going out later to get his greens and a humidifier :o)