How to identify a healthy Spiny-Tailed Iguana

How to pick a healthy spiny-tailed iguana is something you’ll need to know if you are thinking of getting an igauna as a pet for your household.

The answer is easy: conduct a touch test.

The shop owner should allow you to hold the chosen spiny-tailed iguana in your both hands. You then carefully use the fingers of one hand to inspect the different body parts of the animal.  

What things do you look out for?

In terms of its common appearance characteristics, consider the following:

  • The skin should be firm, clear, clean, and free of bites and scratches. (Bites and scratches might get infected later on.)
  • The stomach should be free of burns.  (Burns may eventually heal, but the skin would always be very sensitive to heat.This may indicate that hot rocks have been used which is a bad sign and you probably not by an igauana showing burn marks)
  • The stomach has no ground-in stool.  (A dirty stomach indicates that the animal is living in an unhygienic environment which can make it sick and weak and clearly it’s growth may have been stunted)
  • The opening is free of dried stool and urine.  (The presence of these shows that the lizard might have parasites and protozoa in its stomach.)
  • The spiny-tailed iguana resists strongly when its body parts are moved.  (Weakness and instability may be a sign that the lizard is injured or suffering from calcium deficiency.)
  • The limbs, tail, and the whole body have no lumps, bumps, or swelling. (Cysts, infections, and fractures need veterinary treatment.)
  • The rear legs and thighs are shaped normally. (A swollen leg may indicate a fracture; two legs or thighs, an insufficient supply of calcium.)
  • The limbs are sturdy and full while the body is smooth and vibrant looking. (If the limbs are very thin, the lizard may be starving or dehydrated.  If the body looks wrinkled and dull, there may be bacterial or parasite infections.)

For its head, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, you may take note of the following:

  • The eyes should be clear. (If they are bleary, crusted, or weepy, there might be an infection in the respiratory system or inflammation of the eyes.)
  • The nose has no dried or wet mucus. (Dried or bubbly mucus is an indication of infection in the respiratory system.)
  • The insides of the mouth should look healthy. (Infections would cause rotting of the insides of the mouth.)
  • The jaw is not swollen.  (If it is, then, the animal might have a metabolic disease.)
  • There are no swellings or lumps on its face, dewlap, or neck. (Swellings may indicate abscesses.)

In terms of your spiny-tailed iguana’s behavior, observe the following:

A healthy baby spiny-tailed iguana would try to get escape and be difficult to hold.

An unresponsive iguana in your hands may be extremely ill and should not be brought if you suspect ill treatment advise the authorities.

These are just some of the things you have to look out for when buying a pet iguana from a pet store or from any where else for that matter.Now that you know how to spot a healthy spiny-tailed iguana buy your cage and all that you need and start enjoying your wonderful new pet a healthy iguana.

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