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Iguanas For Dummies [Paperback]

Melissa Kaplan , William K. Hayes
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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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Iguana Owner Resource Nov. 21 2000
Format:Paperback
Like most "Dummies" books, this resource guide offers pretty much everything you need to know about its subject. (Iguanas in this case.) It covers iguana history, habits (both in nature and captivity), common illnesses, requirements for housing and feeding, and even a section on tameing and training. Melissa Kaplan has definitely done her homework, and continues to do so with her online research web site, anapsid.org.
The only complaint I have in this book, is that aside from the "About the Author" section at the beginning, there really isn't any indication Kaplan actually raises iguanas. The book lists many options when it comes to enclosures and feeding, but it would be nice if the author specified what exactly she does for her own pets, or provide specific examples of what has happened (good or bad) in the raising of her reptiles.
Other than that minor complaint, I enjoyed reading this book and have already used it numerous times as a resource for determining the best course of action for raising my own lizard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Longer A Dummy! Oct. 14 2000
Format:Paperback
After reading Melissa Kaplan's book (which could be alternately titled Everything You Wanted to Know About Iguanas But Were Afraid to Ask,) I can proudly say that I am no longer a dummy! When my husband and I purchased Kiawahine (named after the Hawaiian Lizard Goddess), we uncharacteristically did not research owning an iguana for a pet. Once we brought her home and surfed the web for a little more information, we were overwhelmed and dismayed to find that we did not know the first thing about taking care of a reptile. In fact, we discovered that there was a lot to learn about the care of this fragile lizard. We found Melissa Kaplan's internet pages very helpful and purchased her book soon after perusing her website. The book covers everything from the basic but vital first question, "Is an iguana the pet for you?" as well as choosing your iguana and bringing her home, owning multiple iguanas, information on the species, the iguana's environment and what you need to create a comfortable home for your new pet, cleaning and feeding your lizard, socialization, potential health risks and problems including human health risks from handling an iguana, breeding and reproduction, lighting requirements and still myriad other details. The appendices even include a list of toxic and edible plants, associations and veterinary resources, publications and supply sources. I would recommend that any person even contemplating getting an iguana should buy or borrow a copy of this book before taking an iguana into your home as a pet.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete
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... Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by Dr Ronald Seawell
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need and easy to read
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Helpful
I found this book to be amazingly well-researched. If ever there was an author who knows her subject this is it. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars "I would have to call this the Iguana Bible"
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.
Published on Sept. 21 2001 by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa is THE expert on this topic...
For years, internet users who had iguana questions turned to Melissa Kaplan for information. She gave honest, straightforward answers that were completely accurate. Read more
Published on July 12 2001 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! It talked me out of getting one! ;-)
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... Read more
Published on May 18 2001 by Nunya Business
2.0 out of 5 stars Not informative, don't waste your time
I have had an iguana for 6 years now and there is only one book that I have found informative and necessary. It is Hatfield's "Green Iguana". Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2001 by Amanda Lively
5.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of knowledge.....
Melissa kaplan is a well known herp expert on the internet, and this book takes her onto the printed word. Offers step by step instructions, how to's, and do's and don't. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2000 by William J. Fiorilli
5.0 out of 5 stars Melissa Kaplan is the best source around for iguana info!
I am so glad that Melissa Kaplan has written this book. Both the life of my iguana and myself have improved thanks to her book and information. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2000 by Sarah Plummer
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