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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby Ash » Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:38 pm

I'm going to be sending pictures of Steel's legs and tail to some knowledgeable pectinata breeders... Probably Ty Park and Kelly Paul. I really can't tell if he is male or female. His femoral pores aren't pronounced, don't have waxy plugs (even though it is breeding season), and his bulges are not pronounced. I mean, if I look hard enough, I think I can see bulges maybe. But I really don't know. Compared to Fault and Phoenix (who are teensy compared to Steel) he has no equipment, lol.

And really, his body build looks more female. His spikes are very small, he doesn't have giant jowls (that's more a green iguana thing, but still).

I'll post some pics of his "manly" (rather, "not so manly") parts here once I get them off my phone to see if anybody else has input. Maybe I'm just being hopeful.
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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby Ash » Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:32 pm

Just an update, he's definitely a boy. Not sure why I was so hopeful back then!
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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby Ash » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:43 pm

So an update on the iguanas finally!

I'm breeding Steel and Ice this year. I've already seen mating behavior, and he may have already mated her when I wasn't around to see it. Steel has been mounting her and biting her head and neck to secure her and inching his tail closer to hers. I haven't seen a successful mating, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened yet. :)

I'm starting to prep for eggs. Time to get the incubator out and running. Pectinatas can lay up to 50 eggs, so I will have to decide if I am going to hatch them all or not. It would be sad to feed off eggs to the monitor--I don't know if I could do it knowing they were fertile--but I don't think it's possible to find responsible homes for all of them. I likely will get about 20 or so eggs from her, but we will see. :) Maybe I will hatch all the eggs though and keep them if they don't find homes.

Phoenix is really beautiful. The stunner of them all. Phoenix has retained all of his bright colors and has grown an impressive crest (as far as pectinata crests go). He's turned into a meanie, but I'm working with him to try and curb that behavior. If you want to get bit by an iguana, he'll gladly do it for you.

Fault has not grown very much, and it's because I've discovered he has worms. I should have suspected sooner, and I feel bad that I hadn't. He's been given dewormer though, and so far I've not seen anymore. But it's hard to find feces in a bio-active enclosure.

The two other girl iguanas that I bought kind of randomly are going to a new home. Phase and Glaze will be going down to a breeder in Texas who is super excited to have them. The two wound up not fitting in with my breeding project so will be in a good place where their genes can be passed on. I feel good about it since they are reptiles. If they were mammals, I wouldn't be rehoming them, but since they're iguanas that have not been super well socialized here, I feel okay about the decision.

So that's the current story with the iguanas. :) Hopefully eggs in the next few months.
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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby Ash » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:46 pm

Figured out how they got the worms. Iguanas are susceptible to pinworms and usually carry some inside them normally... But the pinworms can get out of control for a number of reasons and multiply.

Feeding lots of fruit makes it bad, and I think that's what did it. In the past I always carefully gave them fruit as a treat, but these past few months they've been getting tons of it--everyday, lots with their greens. And their humidity got raised, so that could have aided the pinworm eggs too.

Steel has been digging a lot in the dirt which would make him more susceptible to getting them since that's where his waste falls. He's been dulling and losing weight all of a sudden, and it's obviously the worms.

So everybody is getting panacur! I was really nervous to start the deworming process since I don't want to do it wrong. But after talking with some iguana rescues that deworm all the time, I feel a lot more confident about it. Steel was the worst of them all though, so I took him to the vet and got him on some "official" panacur.
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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby Ash » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:34 pm

Wanted to update this thread for anyone who was curious.

First of all, YES. Monitors NEED UVB. The people I heard from were TOTALLY wrong. They require it to LIVE. So just wanted to get that out of the way because I was dead wrong there and I don't want to spread misinformation.

Second, pectinata iguanas are omnivores--for their whole lives. It's most important that they get a lot of insects when young since that's when they're putting on size, but they still benefit from it when they are adults. Also, pinkies are okay for them to eat according to lots of professional people I have talked to, so every once in a while I give them as treats.

Last, "Project Blue" is likely no more. Over the years I've come to learn a lot about the iguana trade, and I see how many iguanas--even blue pectinata--are being produced. They're not as rare anymore, and they are easily obtainable from the right source. Fortunately they are all CBB these days, so that's good at least. But I don't want to contribute to the number of unwanted reptiles. If Steel and Ice do breed (they are kept together) then I may hatch five of their eggs and feed off the rest, but I don't see it happening. Ice doesn't like Steel very much and when she sees him coming will often hide from him. I'm going to try her with Phoenix and see how they get along, but they may all have to be separate in the end. She just does NOT want to mate no matter how much Steel tries.

The IGUANAS:

Fault is still little. Well, he's a bit larger than size Ice when she originally got here. So he's not teensy anymore, but he's not huge like he should be. I'm wondering if not being given protein in his early years stunted him? Or maybe I can bulk him up with pinkies. His temperament is flighty. Very flighty. I haven't worked with him as much as the others, but he does let me pet him every once in a while. Sometimes I think he's just paralyzed with fear, so I don't do it very often or that would stress him out too much. Just every once in a while to let him know humans can be okay.

Phoenix is big, and beautiful, manly, and hot-tempered. He doesn't let anyone touch him, and he opens his big mouth when you go near him and hisses. He's very gorgeous though. I'd like to work with him a bit more and tame him down again. He would be a very impressive animal if he tolerated handling. But we'll see.

Ice has grown a lot and is quite big. She is really friendly and curious with people, but she doesn't care to be touched. Sometimes she'll climb all over you or jump on you which is cute, but she prefers to be left alone. So she's super friendly, just not very social, lol. When you pet her, she'll "shrug" you off with her spiky tail to get your hand away.

Steel. Steel is a BIG boy and has definitely grown since I've gotten him. He's probably close to three feet long, and that's even with a re-grown tail. Boy, is he friendly and social. As far as I can tell, he "enjoys" being pet and held. He'll even leap onto you--not to get food from you--just to be with you. He likes climbing up and sitting on your shoulder for a short little ride. Then he crawls down your arm, then your pant leg, and plops on the floor. He knows where the superworms are kept, and he always goes over there and tries to eat them through the glass, lol. He's so cute.

I love all four of them. Ice and Steel have a special place in my heart, but Fault and Phoenix are wonderful to keep and to watch. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to get all of them. They're all pets and part of the family.
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Re: Mexican Spinytailed Iguana

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:15 pm

Glad all are doing well. Too bad there are too many of them now.

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