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Iguanas for dummies
Kaplan, Melissa.
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Foster City, CA : IDG Books, [2000]

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xxiv, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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SF459.I38 K37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Big, green, scaly, and surprisingly cuddly, a well-adjusted iguana is like a cross between large, friendly dog and an independent cat. On the other hand, a poorly trained iguana can be a living nightmare. With his muscular, three-to-four-foot-long tail and 116-120 razor-sharp teeth, a nasty iguana can be a genuine danger to life, limb and property.  Iguanas require a constant 90-degree Fahrenheit environment and lots of room to range around in.

Iguanas For Dummies lets you take a long, well-informed look before leaping into the exotic world of iguanas. Written by one of the most respected experts on the care and feeding of iguanas, this fun, entertaining book fills you in on everything you need to know to successfully adopt, nurture, live with and love an iguana. You'll discover how to:

Decide if an iguana is right for you Feed and house your iguana properly Keep your iguana healthy Bond with your scaly friend Integrate your green amigo into your life Socialize and train your mini-dinosaur

Ideal for first-time and veteran iguana owners alike, Iguanas For Dummies is a gold mine of advice, guidance and tested-in-the-trenches tips on:

Iguanas 101: history, anatomy, physiology and different species What you should know and what to look for when shopping for an iguana Housing your iguana-includes tips on buying or building an enclosure and how to create a safe environment for a free-roaming iguana How to feed your iguana and how often Health issues, concerns and treatments Breeding iguanas for fun and profit

Whether you're thinking about getting an iguana, or you already have a whole herd of big green herbivores, this fun, friendly guide will answer all your questions .

Author Notes

Melissa Kaplan is an educator and wildlife rehabilitator. She has worked with reptiles for nearly a decade and has written extensively on reptile care and health.

Table of Contents

Part I So, You Wanna Iguana?
Chapter 1 Is an Iguana the Pet for You?
Chapter 2 Picking an Iguana
Chapter 3 Bringing Home Baby
Chapter 4 If One Iguana Is Good, Are More Iguanas Better?
Part II Iguana: The Species and the Lizard
Chapter 5 Cat-ig-orizing Iguanas
Chapter 6 Iguana Anatomy
Chapter 7 The Inner Iguana: Why Iguanas Do What They Do
Part III Setting Up the Environment
Chapter 8 Basic Supplies
Chapter 9 Furnishing the Iguana Home
Chapter 10 Keeping Your Iguana Comfortable
Chapter 11 The Great Outdoors
Part IV Basic Iguana Care
Chapter 12 Cleaning and Caring for Your Iguana
Chapter 13 The Good, the Bad, and the Processed: Nutritional Requirements
Chapter 14 Brunch Is Served
Chapter 15 But Iguana Go with You! (What to Do When You're Going Away)
Part V Socializing Your Iguana
Chapter 16 Gettin' Iggy with It
Chapter 17 No, They Don't Get Tame All by Themselves
Chapter 18 Integrating Iguanas into Your Life
Part VI Health and Well-Being
Chapter 19 Healthy Is As Healthy Does
Chapter 20 Common Injuries: What to Look for and How to Treat Them
Chapter 21 Common Diseases and Disorders
Chapter 22 Dealing with Reptile Mites
Chapter 23 Human Health Concerns
Part VII Breeding and Reproduction
Chapter 24 Caught in the Act
Chapter 25 Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs
Part VIII The Part of Tens
Chapter 26 Ten Plant Identification and Nutrition Web Sites
Chapter 27 Ten Suggestions for Socializing Your Iguana
Chapter 28 Ten Reasons to See a Veterinarian
Part IX Appendixes
Appendix A Toxic and Edible Plants
Appendix B Associations and Veterinary Resources
Appendix C Publications and Booksellers
Appendix D Supply Sources
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