Denver, Colorado, United States
Posted Sep 04, 2016
Togge was the fourth iguana in a succession of pet iguanas given to me by family members. All three before him had sadly met their end at the paws of our family's pet cats. Togge managed to survive by sheer size and intimidation factor.
He arrived dull in color with a listless demeanor. I knew that something was wrong and sought out a vet knowledgeable in iguana care. The vet diagnosed him with a calcium deficiency that required vitamin drops and an infusion of dark, leafy greens in his diet. In a month, Togge's condition had improved dramatically; he was now a vibrant green hue and became far more active.
While iguanas are not affectionate creatures by nature, they do enjoy a warm snuggle with human caretakers. He would crawl onto my shoulders and rest there until moved. Many nights were spent reading in this position, which was satisfying to both of us. He enjoyed my body heat, and I liked the company.
When it was time to head off to college, I was able to find someone knowledgeable about iguana care and rehome him.