Yesterday I was online, just surfing the web and I came across this site. This is an awesome website! I wasn't able to sign up for the disscusion forum until today, since my wife thought that there was a prowler outside. Turned out to be a raccoon, but she had me out there for near an hour looking around so she would feel safe. lol Then, she got a call from her mother this morning, who we found out is in the hopsital. So, we had to go visit her. The poor dear broke her arm, following in the shower. Anyway, I'm glad to finally have the chance to chat with all you other animal lovers. We live out in the country, so we have a lot of wildlife. There is huge tree, must be hundreds of years old, in front of our house. I discovered what looks to be Iguana eggs up in the tree! Is this insane or what? I found 11 egs in all. I'm not sure if picking them up was a good idea. Shrortly after that I actually discovered a large adult male Iguana in the tree. I estimated him to me 8-9 years old. His tail had obviously been injured, and was regenertating. He was surprisingly friendly, and was quite low on the tree, so I could pick him up. He was around 4 feet 10 inches long, from head to tip of tail. The tail was only starting to regrow and looked somewhat funny. He looked very healthy, and was already tame. I new he had to be someones pet. He was a brillant green, and ate fruit right from my hand! I took him in and set him up in our old Iguana cage, accessories and all. I also took the eggs in. I went around driving putting up fliers. So far, I've recieved one call. The person came over and siad it wasn't his Iguana. He had an adult male, but it was a lot smaller, and brown instead of green. How many lost Iguanas can there be in PA?!? Anyway, I named him Larry. I'm still trying to find his home. If I can't within a month or so, I'm afficially calling him mine.
Sabre (Larry), welcome to TP. It's a little somber here right now due to the loss of a special pet (Angel), so please don't feel that you are being ignored. Everyone here loves their pets as I'm sure you do. The iguana story is pretty cool. We owned an iguana when we still lived in an apartment. He was about 42". He'd had a broken tail before we got him, and about the last 12" were where it had regrown. Awsome animals. Again, welcome. LTLGTO
Welcome to the forum Sabre and I hope your wife's mother heals quickly. Glad you were finally able to join us over here on TP..there's a great bunch of people here and great advice to be given..stick around..you'll love it and soon become an addict like the rest of us! That is really neat finding that iguana...how cool! He was meant to be yours..especially since he came right to you, was so friendly and is having babies..Male iguana's have babies?!?? :o) With his tail injured like that and the eggs..he was in the right tree at the right time! Larry's a great name!
sorry to hear about what happened to your mother in law, hopefully she heals fine. welcome to TP. i would say that if no one claims the little guy soon he's yours. you've put up fliers, so i'd probably give it a couple weeks, then claim him. i'm curious too as to how they are as pets
mls2004, I used to take ours out to sun himself on the blacktop during the summer on a harness and lead. He loved it. The other people around were just fascinated by him. He also loved (I think) to play, "whip the balloon with his tail) game. Those tail can crack 1/4" glass used in an enclosure. He wasn't cuddly, but he was cool! You should have seen him when I took him out to go potty when we had snow on the ground. He didn't want to put his feet down. A large iguana can make quite the mess when the go. ltlgto
I'm crying right now, but I can still can help you a little bit. I'd take him and the eggs, get a large tank, reptile light, ect, ect. Food, water, and the basic needs. Put him and the eggs in there, and try to find a mother. Or wait to do so until the eggs have hatched. If it gets cold, he can die, and he might be someone's pet. Congrats on finding him! : )
Hi! I had an iguana for a while it's name was Ichabod. I had a lot of fun with him, he had a bit of an attitude though! By the way how do you know the iguana is a boy? Iguana's don't have external genitalia, so I was just wondering. I never really knew what sex my iggie was, I just called him a boy boy because I wanted to! Someone might have abandoned the iguana you found, I know some people get them when they are teeny tiny not realizing they can get up to about 6 feet long. So it might have outgrown it's cage and rather than looking for it a new home the owner may have just turned it loose. The iggie was very lucky to find you though, before some other animal did, iggies don't last long outdoors. I hope you enjoy him, the are really fun pets if you handle them often and keep them tame.
Welcome to the board. I hope you'll stick around. That is a really neat story. I never thought of that before, but how do you know that's not the mom? Obviously I don't know a thing about reptiles. Hope your mother in law heals quickly and I'm glad it was just a racoon outside last night. Do you have other pets? If so we all like to see pictures, if not stick around anyway, you'll be wanting one soon. :)
Well, if you are a reptile lover, like I am, you would understand just how Iguanas can be the best of pets. A tame Iguana will sit on your lap, watch tv with you, and sometimes even sleep in your bed! The coolest part is, when eating, anything that is good for you, you can share with your Iguana. Iguanas actually can be cuddly. A well tamed, well socialized one, that has been neutered/spayed(yes, it is possible), will follow you around like a puppy. My last Iguana, Iggy, slept with me in the bed. He was a wonderful little guy. He would even gently nudge my chin when he wanted to go to the bathroom! He had a special corner in his cage that he would go, and was quite easy to clean up. I eventually put a pan down with some newspaper in it, and that was even easier. I rescued him from an abuse situation. He lived to be 25 years old. This is quite old for an Iguana. I lost him only six months ago. Now, I found this little Larry guy. lol I think you guys are right, it is ment to be! FYI: If you have a six foot Iguana sleep in your bed, make sure it is okay with your partner. lol The first time I let Iggy in our bed, my wife woke up screaming after she realized she was hugging an Iguana, and not me. lol That was a funny one. But, she got use to it, as long as I kept Iggy on my side. Larry is doing great right now. He is in my old Iguana's cage, and has all of his supplies. It took me around 3 hours to clean and disinfect everything! lol He is sunbathing right now. I haven't yet found the mother. There must be a female nearby. It is strange behavior for a male to stay near the eggs. Oh well, he's a good father! I am just as surprised about finding an Iguana in my tree. lol I am also gald I found him. Like I said, we have lots of wild animals, and an Iguana would be easy prey for a coyote, raccoon, wolf, or bear. Iguanas are actually quite difficult to sex. He is obviously over a year old, so his male characteristics are shown. His jaw has femoral pores, which are about the size of a nickel. When ready to breed, they let out a waxy substance, similar to candle wax. Humans can't smell it, but other Iguanas can. Another way I can tell he is a male, is that he has fat pads on the back of his head, and there are obvious hemipenal buldges on the sides of the tail near the vent. Larry looks to be in good health. I'm not sure what happened to his tail. If it was caused by neglect(since he obviously had a home), or from an encounter with a wild animal. My mother in law is feeling better. I love her very much, and it hurts me to see her in pain. The poor dear. I'm installing shower railings, and a seat in her shower before she gets back home. I do know that the male is not the mother, but he seems to know that the eggs are babies. He also flares up whenever I touch them. I've never had Iguana eggs, so I hope I can find the mother. I am very happy to be here, and I will stick around. This seems like a really near place to chat. I will get you pics of my pets ASAP.
I can't resist, lol please don't take offense. But you must have one heck of a wonderful wife. If I woke up next to a six foot Iguana both it and my husband would be out of the bed. Or I would die of a heart attack first. I am so glad you found him, and the eggs. You seem to know quite a lot about them and that's great. Seems to me like it was meant to be, can't say that happens very often. And you already had all the stuff. I'm glad your sticking around. Ignore the troll post they happen on occassion. It's not always like that. :)
I must say, I do have a wonderful wife. She is the nicest person I have ever met. We have only had one arguement the ten years we have known eachother, and we both ended up laughing. She doesn't mind when I bring home stray animals in my truck, or when I let them on the bed either. Once I found a Lab Mix on the road, that was covered in mud. I was stupid enough to let the dog sleep on the bed. In the morning I woke up and Kelly was giving the dog a bath. She is really a great women, putting up with me and all. Like I said before, the only time she has ever even raised her voice is when the animal control officer refused to adopt Dozer to us. I picked out Dozer. This dog weighs more than Kelly does. She is a petite little thing, around 90 pounds, 5'3", and Dozer is a little over 100 pounds, and is near her height when he stand on his back legs. Larry has completed our family. I missed my old Iguan Iggy so much. I lost him just six months ago. The way he went was heart renching. I woke up one morning and Iggy was laying right on my chest. He was barley moving and his eyes only half open. I got to hold him as he slipped into the spirit world, and became the companion of the Lord. I know that this is fate. Finding Larry in that tree had to be fate. I have no other explenation for it. Even Kelly has fallen in love with Larry. She is caring for the eggs, and keeping them warm. Since we don't have children, our pets are our children.
Sabre, how did the eggs get there?? Iguanas don't lay their eggs in trees and the males don't care for the eggs. Iguanas will eat eggs though, do you suppose the eggs aren't even lizard eggs? Were they in a nest or just in the branches? It could be that someone abandoned both the iguana AND the iguana eggs in the tree on purpose. ~Seij
I can't say I'm sure that they are Iguana eggs. But the male was right next to them. I know this is very odd behavior for a male Iguana, and I know they aren't layed in trees. But, I suppose there are always exceptions to the rule. I've seen an Iguana eat a piece of steak, and they are purely vegetarian. I know for a fact that they aren't bird eggs, they are reptile. I guess we'll know for sure when they hatch.