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(from China) A 4-year-old Devil

Discussion in 'Green Iguanas' started by Frank.G, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    iir. male.
    I took him home on 7.31.2011 and he was no longer than 1 ft. 6B99E86BE50F1408388C41E12E6D3748.jpg

    now it has become a 4'6" beast. it eats everything I grow and poops everywhere. L1040347.JPG L1040348.JPG L1040352.JPG L1040353.JPG L1040354.JPG L1040355.JPG

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  2. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    poops everywhere. L1040358.JPG

    seems he doesn't like his cage.
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    so we started to use the fence 130625dda3cc7cd9db1b54ba3c01213fb90e91cc.jpg 106a72310a55b3196007151f46a98226cefc1703.jpg c96facefce1b9d16e3380d0bf6deb48f8d546402.jpg
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  3. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

  4. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    He is stunning.
  5. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    What a big guy.
    I don't think that single basking bulb is doing much good. Probably more harm than good as he can only heat a part of his body.
  6. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, a very nice looking Iguana.
    I agree with Mike (kriminaal) that the "basking" bulb is not at all sufficient/efficient because the idea is to evenly heat at least the SV (snout to vent) length which a single bulb cannot do.
    Much better are the relatively low wattage halogens (must be flood beam not spot) either par 30 or par 38 (the "par" is the bulb face diameter).
    For an animal this size I would recommend using 2 or 3 bulbs placed a few cm apart. These bulbs can be fitted with a dimmer switch which makes adjusting the basking surface temp much easier (or obviously you can raise/lower the bulbs or basking object).
    I would try 50w and see what temps you get.
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  7. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    An example of the halogen bulbs and a basking site (I need more bulbs because of the animal`s size)...
    EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to mention that you must use ceramic bulb fixtures for halogens.


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  8. Kristof

    Kristof Well Established Member

    Great looking lizard ! An Iguana was my first lizard i got, I was 10 though and didnt know much and sadly he passed. Yours looks like he's doing great!
  9. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    soooo glad to hear that. thank you

    I used to use one heat bulb(the lamp-holder in the middle), one intense baking spot buld(the right one) and a UVB tube. Is that ok? or should I add one bulb fixture? thank you very much.

    thank you soooo much for your suggestions.
    I used to use one heat bulb(the lamp-holder in the middle), one intense baking spot buld(the right one) and a UVB tube. is that ok? Do I still have to add bulb fixtures?
    thank you very much.
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  10. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi again, if the heat bulbs are still in the position they are in the photo then yes, you do need to change the setting.
    The object of the exercise is to heat at least the snout to vent length which would be impossible using one bulb with an animal that size. I recommend you use at least two basking bulbs fixed close together as in the photo I showed.
    Try two halogens @ 50w and see what basking surface temp you get...

    This is my Asian water monitor`s basking site, as you see the (halogen) heat bulbs cover at least his snout to vent length which is extremely important (the same is true for your Iguana)....

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  11. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    Thank you! It may take a few days to do the adjustment. I'll post some pictures after it is done. Thanks.
  12. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    What a great looking iguana! Good to see one in good condition now and then. Looks like you have him on a proper iguana diet. As for pooping everywhere, why not? He owns the place.
  13. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    As for pooping everywhere,haha!you are right!!
  14. DragonSlayer

    DragonSlayer Established Member

    That's what I like about Chinese Water Dragons, they poop in the water :)
  15. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

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    most of the time, he stays right under the two lights. and he is getting even more active. thanks!
  16. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    This iggy poops in water when he is in his cage~
    I love Chinese Water Dragons. They seem to be smarter.
  17. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi again, it looks much better with the extra heat bulbs. I`ve been having problems with my laptop and haven`t been online for the last 2 weeks.
    May I ask if you live in China?
    Edit: I recommend you remove the wire screen around the bulbs because if the lizard grabs hold of them it will cause quite a serious burn, much better to have them free hanging so if they are touched they`ll swing out of the way (but hopefully not bang together).
  18. Frank.G

    Frank.G Member

    Yes I live in China.
    Oh, that wire screen is used to protect the bulbs. He is kind of sensitive and can become really aggressive when being disturbed. He once broke the UVB tube by one tail lash, and on some other occassions, heat bulbs and night lamps……

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