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Iguanas For Dummies Paperback – Aug 15 2000
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From the Back Cover
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good reading for perspective iguana owners. Some parts are a little dated, so don't rely on it by itself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on Dec 27 2001 by Dr Ronald Seawell
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 morePublished on Nov. 17 2001
I found this book to be amazingly well-researched. If ever there was an author who knows her subject this is it. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2001
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
For years, internet users who had iguana questions turned to Melissa Kaplan for information. She gave honest, straightforward answers that were completely accurate. Read morePublished on July 12 2001 by Lisa
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 morePublished on May 18 2001 by Nunya Business
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 morePublished on Jan. 12 2001 by Amanda Lively