Iguanas....

Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:27 am

I've seen many many green iguana's around these days, but never see any of the other varients of this amazing creature. Are there people out there that keep the other types of iguana? If not, is there a reason as to why not? Are they protected?
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby Bushviper » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:26 pm

The green iguana has only two subspecies. The other iguanas are from other genera like the Spiny tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura), West Indian Rock Iguanas (Cyclura), Fiji banded iguanas (Brachylophus), Galapagos Land Iguanas (Conolophus) and the Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus) and then the Desert Iguanas (Dipsosaurus). Most of these listed here are highly protected so the few that are about are in zoos or command very high prices.
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:51 pm

They've definitly got to be one of those animals to put on the list of things to protect... But Id love to see some of these up close one day.
They're absolutely the most awesome looking animals... Awesome.
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:40 am

Prices aside... Are the any people around with these facinating lizards as part of their collection?
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby Bushviper » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:35 am

Dragonfire breeds Fiji iguanas, Pretoria zoo has some Cyclura cornuta (Cuban ground iguanas) and I remember seeing some Spiny tailed iguanas for sale about 2 years ago. They should be breeding by now. The Galapagos iguanas are so heavily protected there are only a few institutions that have ever manged to get these to keep.
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:44 am

Thanks BV.
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby insaniac » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:45 am

There's a Pet Shop close to where I stay that has a pair of Red Iguanas...

Very Cool indeed, especially now that their getting older and their colour is staritng to show through nicely.

Pity about the pricetag, otherwise they would've been in my collection long ago ( 10 G's for the pair ).
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:33 pm

Eish!! - Thats a little hectic, but I suppose the serious collectors would possibly be tempted....
If I came home with a pair of those I think the Mrs would skin me alive!!
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby insaniac » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:58 pm

Same here, I would'nt even be able to sleep in the dog house, cos I would've had to sell it when I bought them...
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby Sico » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:15 pm

what species are they? or are they just a red variant of the Iguana iguana?
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:41 pm

No idea, but check this out http://rediguanas.com
Awesome looking animals indeed!

@Insaniac, are these like the ones being sold up near you?
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby Bushviper » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:44 pm

The red iguanas are just a colour variety of the common green iguana. This weekend we found out that some green ones Bushbaby sold a few years ago have turned out orange. This is not the same and the red ones are red from baby to adult.
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:51 pm

Is there any specific reason they turn out this way BV?
My Aunt has a green iguana female who's about 3 years old now, she turns a orangy kind of colour towards breeding season but always reverts back to her usual browny dusty colour a few weeks after.
The red iguana's on the link I posted, are they a different sub species or are they just green iguanas born with different pigmentation?
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby insaniac » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:07 pm

Sorry fredsmith, can't see the video... Stupid work server...

However, if they look anything like these...

Baby...

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and

Adult...

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then yes...

The red pigment they have doesn't take away from the fact that they are a simple sub-species of the normal Green variety.

The reason why the normal green Igs change colour is a way of showing their breeding " readiness "
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Re: Iguanas....

Postby fredsmith » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:13 pm

Yip, they're the same.
Thanks Insaniac.
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