Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Posted Nov 13, 2015
Not wanting to fall victim to being cliché I named my Iguana “Igo” and not Iggy or Igor. A little back story on how I came into possession of a unique animal like an Iguana, is that they were being sold for a very cheap price at some Tennessee flea market/swap meet. Ironically, I fell in love with the way a particular iguana exuberantly smacked at me with his tail. For $8.00 I went home with an Iguana, mini terrarium and a head of lettuce.
Now the sad thing about purchasing an iguana from a flea market booth, which was no doubt owned by a man that was mass producing or mass harvesting these awesome little creatures, is that they have no real knowledge on how to care for these creatures, and in my opinion today, is that they’re basically selling them just so they can die. What do they care, right?
Anyways to make a long story short. My Iguana didn’t last very long, right around the three month mark, once Winter kicked in, I sat the Iguana’s terrarium next to my gas heater, hoping to keep my little buddy warm. Well…apparently the fumes from it were toxic to him, and he passed away that night.
My only word of advice is that if you’re planning on purchasing any type of exotic pet or a species that you have never dealt with before, is that you take the ample time to research the animals and how to care for them all the way. I have the maturity to do so now, but at the time I wasn’t able to mentally grasp the situation and how much these pets actually rely on us.