Iguanas for Dummies

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764552601
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 341,428
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

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.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

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    Before you get an iguana- read this book first!

    Melissa Kaplan's book is one of the best books about iguanas out there, along with James Hatfield III's Green Iguana, the Ultimate Owners Manual. This is the starter book for anyone seriously contemplating sharing a home with an iguana. Kaplan definitely loves iguanas but does not put on the rose-colored glasses about the ongoing commitment and sometimes grim realities of iguana ownership. The entire book is well-constructed and easy to use, with an excellent table of contents, index, and glossary. You can read it straight through or skip around as needed. Well-laced with humor, Iguanas for Dummies is an enjoyable read for either current or potential iguana owners. Don't get an iguana without having this on hand!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    Best Iggy Care Book So Far

    This book is a must-have for anyone who has an iguana or is thinking about getting one. It's easy to understand and will help you raise a happy, healthy iggy. There's a lot of misinformation on how to keep green iguanas, so even if you have care sheets from a petstore, I would still recommend this book as it is way more informative and covers all the weird stuff that comes up as you take care of you iggy, and trust me, breeding season is a pretty weird time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    great!

    Its a good book .Its also real easy to understand!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    All You Need and Easy to Read

    I first learned of Melissa Kaplan through Loco for Lizards by Jim Cherry, a hilarious book about lizards and their place in culture that includes an interview with her. This book reflects the person I met there . . . extremely authoritative, well researched and well written. A must for anyone interested in keeping one of these cranky creatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2001

    Dedication and Devotion

    Mellissa Kaplan is dedicated to the proper care of iguanas, and it shows in everything she publishes. I believe that it was high time for her internet publications to be put into book format when this book was published, and ensures that those that do not have internet resources can share in her knowledge and research. The information published in this book differs only slightly from the resources on the internet that it came from, but does a good job of covering all the basis, and teaching those individuals interesting in better taking care for their iguana just how to accomplish it. I would recommend this book to everyone that owns an iguana, and I do just that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    great book

    congrats melissa! you've done it again great book great info.

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