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Iguanas For Dummies [Paperback]

Melissa Kaplan , William K. Hayes
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Book Description

Aug. 15 2000 For Dummies
Big, green, scaly, and surprisingly cuddly, a well-adjusted iguana is like a cross between large, friendly dog and an independent cat. On the other hand, a poorly trained iguana can be a living nightmare. With his muscular, three-to-four-foot-long tail and 116-120 razor-sharp teeth, a nasty iguana can be a genuine danger to life, limb and property.  Iguanas require a constant 90-degree Fahrenheit environment and lots of room to range around in.

Iguanas For Dummies lets you take a long, well-informed look before leaping into the exotic world of iguanas. Written by one of the most respected experts on the care and feeding of iguanas, this fun, entertaining book fills you in on everything you need to know to successfully adopt, nurture, live with and love an iguana. You’ll discover how to:

  • Decide if an iguana is right for you
  • Feed and house your iguana properly
  • Keep your iguana healthy
  • Bond with your scaly friend
  • Integrate your green amigo into your life
  • Socialize and train your mini-dinosaur

Ideal for first-time and veteran iguana owners alike, Iguanas For Dummies is a gold mine of advice, guidance and tested-in-the-trenches tips on:

  • Iguanas 101: history, anatomy, physiology and different species
  • What you should know and what to look for when shopping for an iguana
  • Housing your iguana—includes tips on buying or building an enclosure and how to create a safe environment for a free-roaming iguana
  • How to feed your iguana and how often
  • Health issues, concerns and treatments
  • Breeding iguanas for fun and profit

Whether you’re thinking about getting an iguana, or you already have a whole herd of big green herbivores, this fun, friendly guide will answer all your questions.

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"If you get only one book on iguanas, this is the one to choose." Stephen L. Barten, DVM, noted reptile veterinarian Praise for Iguanas For Dummies® "So much more than a simple ‘care’ book, Iguanas For Dummies is a blueprint for compassionate and responsible ownership." — Tracy Basile, Features Editor, ASPCA Animal Watch "Melissa's trademarks — long experience, extensive research, and humor — make this book an essential for every iguana owner, present and future." — Sue Solomon, Sacramento Wildlife Care Association

The essential guide for you and your iguana!

Get the lowdown on keeping your pet iguana happy and healthy So, you wanna iguana. Or you already have one. Now what? This fun and friendly guide gives you expert advice on selecting an iguana and taking care of your fascinating pet throughout its life. It provides valuable tips on diet, habitat, health, and other important iguana issues.

Discover how to: Decide if an iguana is right for you Feed and house your iguana properly Keep your iguana healthy Bond with your iguana Integrate your iguana into your life

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About the Author

Melissa Kaplan is an educator and wildlife rehabilitator. She has worked with reptiles for nearly a decade and has written extensively on reptile care and health.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality & Value June 5 2003
Living in the Florida Keys we have dealt extensively with discarded Iguanas - perhaps 15 or more. People buy them, and get rid of them constantly - and down here, in the semi-tropics, they can survive (with difficulty)in the wild.
With all the iguana problems we have encountered good information is a necessity, & we have purchased many iguana books including Hatfield's "Green Iguana, the Ultimate Owners Guide" (a great book, but we still prefer Kaplan's "Iguanas for Dummies").
If you still want addtional technical data you can add "What's Wrong with My Iguana" by John Rossi M.A., D.V.M. and "Understanding Reptile Parasites" by Roger Klingenberg D.V.M.
Kaplan's book is based on research & a lot of personal experience. It is thorough, and her experience shows through - there are tidbits of information that have been useful to us that we have not found elsewhere. She has long maintained a caring website to help iguana owners and potential iguana buyers - not just to sell books. And the price of this book is reasonable.
By all means get a good book like Hatfield's or Kaplan's - preferably before you get an iguana. Even if the book talks you out of getting an ig for a pet it will be well worth the price. Proper care for an iguana involves a devoting a lot of time and spending a lot of money. The cost of the animal is nothing in comparison, and they are far more complex to care for than a dog, cat, or hamster. Judging from the number of abandoned iguanas in the Florida Keys a huge number of people do not bother to inform themselves and the animals suffer. It may not be entirely their fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book Before You Buy An Iguana! Jan. 16 2003
This book is an excellent resource for both novice and so-called expert Iguana owners. It would be especially useful for any prospective Iguana owner. Iguanas grow to be very big lizards in a relatively short period of time. They can be agressive, and territorial. There are many husbandry requirements thatthe local pet store will never tell you. In fact, if you follow most pet stores advice, you will end up with a dead Iguana. This book should help prevent this from happening.
The first chapter is regarding whether the Iguana is the right pet for you. It should be read before deciding on an Iguana as a pet. remember, these are not domesticated animals. There are also excellent chapters on housing, feeding, and socialization of Iguanas. Finally the book disproves much misinformation provided by older books, and disseminated by pet stores. For instance, many pet stores sugest feeding cat food to juvenile Iguanas. What they don't tell you is that while this results in a quick growing Iguana, it also results in an Iguana dying at about four years of age from kidney failure.
There is an excellent resource section in the appendix, with useful websites and references to manufacturers of various reptile products including cages, food, and heating systems.
This book should be required reading before the purchase of any Iguana.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete Dec 28 2001
This book is ok but does not offer all that is needed for these lizards . I would say if you want to know about iguanas get Green Iguana: The Ultimate Owner's Manual it has much more information and is more informitive .
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need and easy to read Nov. 18 2001
By A Customer
I first became acquainted with Melissa Kaplan through Loco for Lizards, a hilarious book about lizards' place in culture by Jim Cherry. She is interviewed in that book. Learning her personal story gave me a great deal of respect for her as a person and as a lizard expert. She knows her subject with absolutely through and through and writes in a way that easily and breezily conveys that knowledge. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Helpful Nov. 9 2001
By A Customer
I found this book to be amazingly well-researched. If ever there was an author who knows her subject this is it. Writing simply without dumbing down she guides the reader through the stuff you really need to know. There's a fascinating interview with Melissa Kaplan in Loco for Lizards by Jim Cherry, a very funny book that's also very informative about lizard basics that incorporates a humorous appraach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I would have to call this the Iguana Bible" Sept. 22 2001
By john
This book is just so wonderful.It has everything that you would ever need to know anything about green iguanas.It is also very organized,and up to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa is THE expert on this topic... July 12 2001
By Lisa
For years, internet users who had iguana questions turned to Melissa Kaplan for information. She gave honest, straightforward answers that were completely accurate. I'm delighted that she has decided to publish her trusted knowledge in print. This is the only iguana information book you'll ever need...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! It talked me out of getting one! ;-) May 18 2001
I was really impressed with this book! They really picked the right person to write it, too. It's probably the only iguana book (or reptile book, for that matter) that isn't dry as dust. This one is actually understandable! I'd been wanting to get an iguana, but after reading what it takes to take care of one, I had to reconsider. Any book that can do that without being negative or harsh sounding deserves ten stars, in my opinion. If everyone considering an iguana read this book, there'd be a lot less homeless iguanas around...
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