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.
Iguanas for Dummiesby Melissa Kaplan, William K. Hayes (Foreword by)
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
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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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!
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.
Its a good book .Its also real easy to understand!
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.
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.
congrats melissa! you've done it again great book great info.