I know this post is long, but I'm concerned for my new little buddies well being, so I'm literally begging everyone to please take the time to read this and then feel free to respond as cruelly as you like, as long as it's informative. 3 days ago my children (oldest being 4) were given an Iguana as a gift by a complete nimrod who didn't even know it would get significantly larger than it already is. Now, I'm a strong advocate for not getting a pet unless you know 100% how to care for it prior to purchase so my first instict was to take him straight back to Petco, however they were already closed for the evening. So I set up the friggin Premium Dessert Kit that accompanied him (again, NIMROD), and started researching how to keep him alive until I could figure out what to do with him. Of course, in the mean time, I somehow fell completely in love and I would really prefer to keep him. Not to mention I used to work in a pet store and unfortunately, regardless of the reason for return, returned animals get a bad rap and usually end up worse off than before. I've been researching non-stop, but there's so much information out there my head is spinning. I'm hoping an experienced Green Iguana owner might be able to dumb down the basics for me because I'm not going to lie, I've never had a reptile before, just dogs. I don't actually understand much of what I'm reading. So here's some info.: I've gathered that I won't be able to tell gender until my babies much older, but my children have dubbed "him" Batman. I've currently set up his temporary home in my bedroom, in order to limit his interactions with my very young children to reduce risk of stress. Nimrod says that the sales associate told him Batman was 8 weeks old but quite frankly I find that laughable. All I had the first night to feed him was Kale, but according to my readings that's not the best for him so I've been attempting to feed him Mustard Greens, Accorn Squash, and Mango (squash and mango I use a cheese grater on). All he seems interested in is the greens though. I've been using a brand new squirt bottle to mist him and his cage every hour (I'm a stay at home mom so he's not wanting for attention) to keep humidity 80-90% but I can't seem to get the temp above 80 which I worrying me but I think I don't have the right wattage bulbs. I've also been filling the bath up a little with warm water to let him soak everyday and he seems to enjoy it. When he arrived he was shedding a lot and now all the dead skin seems to finally be gone. He's the sweetest thing, when he first arrived he was very skittish, but that night I put my hand in the tank on the opposite side from him and literally stood still for over an hour reading a book and he ended up climbing up my arm. Ever since then he doesn't fight me taking him out and loves to cuddle. He just lays on my stomach and sleeps most of the time. But I'm concerned about how often I should be taking him out. I've been taking him out a lot because I feel terrible about his current housing, when he's out I mist him every 30 minutes and trying to keep my hand cradled over his back to keep him warm but I don't want taking him out to being more detrimental to his health than I believe the cage is. I've looked for a larger habitat but I can't find anywhere around where I live that has what I need, the taller terriariums are all much smaller that the long tank I have but I know he needs to climb. And I've read that having a top opening terriarium can cause them stress as most predators attack from above. I've add a climbing vine to the tank but I still feel terrible about the whole habitat. I've seen you can make your own out of an old dresser but I don't understand how the wood wouldn't become water damaged and danger for him do to the need for humidity? Also, I've read that having him as a pet and not trimming his claws can lead to broken toes or broken legs, but I'm concerned about hurting him as I'm not certain about his age and I don't want to traumatized him. I've also noticed some behavior that comes off as odd to me, but I don't know shitake mushrooms so.. is it normal for iguanas to defecate on their hideboxes? Or fall asleep on their food bowls? Or seem to.. this is gunna sound weird.. be afraid of heights? He doesn't like climbing on his vines, prefers to lounge around the bottom of the habitat. The couple times I've let him roam he's stuck to the ground and when I try to set him anywhere above ground leave he whips his tail, closes his eyes, and backs down the side of whatever's he's on till he's on the floor. Yesterday, I tried to set him on the arm of my couch and he ran across my arm and clung to my chest so hard I was bleeding. I had to pet him for 20 minutes for him to calm down enough that I feel like I was going to hurt him by detaching him. Can iguana's have anxiety or am I doing something terribly wrong here? I'll post some pictures in a few so y'all can dissect everything bit by bit and help me correct all the issues. Many thanks from me and Batman!