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All information contained within these pages was obtained from various reliable websites, Green Iguana - The Ultimate Owner's Manual by James W. Hatfield III, Iguanas For DUMMIES by Melissa Kaplan, other owners with whom the authors have discussed the issues of iguana care, and the authors' own personal experience, unless noted otherwise.


The following is an outline of the Green Iguana Society website. Authors and photo credits are listed where applicable. All photos are the sole property of the owners and can not be used without permission. Pages are listed as links for ease in navigating the website. Most users can search this page to find a key word by pressing CTRL-F.

Green Iguana Society Home Page - Photo of Sneakers by Joan Appell ©1999. Green Iguana Society logo and site design by Derek Baze ©1999-2001. All rights reserved.

Glossary of Iguana Terms - Definitions and descriptions of common terms used with iguana care. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000-2001. All rights reserved. The glossary can be accessed on most of the pages throughout the website by clicking on the link at the bottom of each page.

    Are you prepared to own an iguana? - Basic information on what it takes to own an iguana and how to begin learning about the care they require. "Credentials to own an iguana" written by Jamie Wang ©2000. "What to do and learn before you get an iguana" written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.

    Green Iguana Care Information - (menu) Photo of Bob (owned by Marian Briones) by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
      Myths & Misconceptions - Common myths and misconceptions about iguana care. Written by Derek Baze & Deena Spielman ©1999-2000. All rights reserved.
      Food & Feeding - (menu) Photo of Vega$ by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Feeding Iguanas - How and what to feed an iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©1999-2000. Photos of Primrose by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. Photo of Mojo by Derek Baze ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Food Information Chart - Photos and nutritional information of foods that can be fed to an iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Original concept by Jamie Wang. Nutritional information obtained from the USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and Jen Swofford's Iguana Pages. Photos have been used and modified with permission from ZoeAnn Holmes (Oregon State University's Food Resource site), Jamie Wang, Deena Spielman and Derek Baze ©2000-2002. All rights reserved.
        Preparation & Storage - How to prepare and store iguana food. Written by Derek Baze ©1999-2000. All rights reserved.
        Vitamins & Supplements - Basic information on vitamins and supplements. Written by Derek Baze ©1999-2000. Photos by Deena Spielman and Natalie Rigertas ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Animal Protein Issues - Information on the dangers of including too much animal protein in an iguana's diet. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Commercial Iguana Foods - Nutritional information and recommendations on feeding commercial foods. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
      Habitat, Enclosures & Cages - (menu) Photo of Jake & Donnie's habitat by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Habitat Basics - The basics on providing a good habitat. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Heating, Lighting & Humidity - How and why to provide safe temperatures, UV light, and high humidity in a habitat. Written by Deena Spielman and Dominick Giorgianni ©2005. Photos by Deena Spielman ©2000, 2002. All rights reserved.
        Habitat Accessories - Substrates, climbing & basking materials, gauges, food & water dishes, and hiding places. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. Photos by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Outdoor Sunning Cages - Cautions about permanent outdoor enclosures and the importance of sunning cages. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Multiple Iguanas - Pros and cons of housing more than one iguana in the same home or habitat. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Building vs. Buying - Pros and cons of building or buying a habitat. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Planning & Construction - (menu) Photo of Jake & Donnie's habitat by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Planning a Habitat - How and why to plan before you build a habitat. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Materials chart written by Deena Spielman ©1999-2000. Habitat diagram provided by Tory Klementsen ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Habitat Examples - Photos, details and links to examples of different habitats and cages. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Habitat photos provided by Deena Spielman ©2005, Catherine E. Rigby-Burdette and Keith Van Zile ©2000, Willy's cage by Simone ©2002, Bubbette's cage by Darry Conner ©2003, and by Liz Wright ©2003. All rights reserved.
          Example Habitat Instructions - Description and photos of an example habitat, with basic instructions for construction. Written by Deena Spielman ©2005. Photos by Deena Spielman ©2005. All rights reserved.
          Tools - Descriptions and photos of tools that may be needed to build a habitat. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Photos by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
          Construction - Ideas for constructing a simple habitat. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. Diagrams and photo by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
          Advanced Design Ideas - A few advanced ideas for more elaborate and functional habitats. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.
          More Help & Advice - Basic information on where to learn more about building a custom habitat. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.
      Handling & Free Roaming - (menu) Photo of Nelma by Judy Steinke ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Handling Iguanas - Photos and descriptions of how to hold an iguana. Written by Natalie Rigertas and Deena Spielman ©2001. Photos of Jake and Donnie by Tim Spielman ©2001. Photo of Prim by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Taming & Training - Advice on how to acclimate, tame and train iguanas. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Pros & Cons of Free Roaming - Pros and cons of living with a free roaming iguana. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Iguana-Proofing Your Home - How to prevent accidents by making your home iguana-proof. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. Tips for the holiday season written by Gail Easley ©2004. All rights reserved.
        Prepare Your Home for Free Roam - Important information on setting up your home for a free roaming iguana. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Iguanas and Other Pets - Suggestions about and issues related to safely keeping iguanas in a multi-pet household. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. Photo of Donnie, Jules and Winnie by Deena Spielman ©5/29/01. Photo of Primrose, Jake and Elwood by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. Photo of Athena and Petey by Pamela Honken ©2000. Photo of Farach and Bob Marley by Ayuob Saed ©2005. Photo of Vega$, Yucca and Daytona by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Outdoor Free Roaming - Pros and cons of allowing your iguana to free roam outdoors. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Lost & Loose Iguanas - Suggestions for finding lost iguanas. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. Reward poster by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Prim's Story - A good story about a lost iguana that was found. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. Photos of Primrose by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Toxic Plants - Links to sites with lists of toxic plants. Links researched by the Green Iguana Society team members.
        Pros & Cons of Iguana Leashes - Things to consider and tips to successfully using a leash. Written by Natalie Rigertas, Deena Spielman and Darry Conner ©2005. All rights reserved.
        Health & Safety - (menu) Photo of Primrose by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. All rights reserved.
          First Aid Kit - Descriptions of items for a first aid kit for an iguana. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©1999-2000. Photos by Deena Spielman & Natalie Rigertas. ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Injuries - How to treat cuts, scrapes, flesh wounds, and broken limbs & digits. Written by Jamie Wang ©2004. All rights reserved.
          Salmonella - Salmonella information, symptoms, and how to prevent its spread. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved. Additional information from Tortora, Funke & Case, 1998, Microbiology: An Introduction, Addison Wesley Longman Inc., Menlo Park, CA.
          Metabolic Bone Disease - Causes, symptoms, and treatment of the most common disease of green iguanas. Includes photos of iguanas that have had MBD. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. Photos of Devo by Elizabeth West ©1999. Photo of Quasi (owned by Alta Brewer) by Desiree Wong ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Other Diseases - Information on gout, hypothryroidism/goiter, kidney disease/failure, and stomatitis (mouthrot). Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Parasites - Symptoms and treatment of parasites, including ticks, mites, protozoans, round worms, and flatworms. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Miscellaneous Conditions - Symptoms, causes and treatment of abscesses, constipation, dehydration, diarrhea, dystocia, impaction, nose rubs, overheating, prolapse, shedding problems and tail loss. Written by Deena Spielman and Darry Conner ©2005. All rights reserved.
          Tail Loss - Causes and treatment of tail loss, injury or infection. Written by Natalie Rigertas and Deena Spielman ©2004. Photo by Mike Cohen ©2004. All rights reserved.
          Pain Management - Information on using analgesics with iguanas. Written by Jamie Wang ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Your Health & Safety - Fire and electrical safety, dealing with iguana bites, and how to prevent injuries from an iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. Photos by Natalie Rigertas ©1999, Linda Boyko ©2000, and Deena Spielman ©2002. All rights reserved.
          Emergency Preparedness - Tips to dealing with emergencies and suggestions for an "emergency kit". Written by Darry Conner and Deena Spielman ©2005. All rights reserved.
        Regular Maintenance - (menu) Photo of Jake by Deena Spielman ©10/21/00. All rights reserved.
          Cleaning & Cleanliness - Basic information on the importance of and proper procedures for cleaning, disinfection and sterilization. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Bathing, Soaking & Misting - The importance of and suggestions for safely bathing, soaking and misting iguanas. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. Photo of Neroon (spiny-tail iguana), Spike, Quasi (on Spike) and Midori by Alta Brewer ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Claw Trimming - How to trim an iguana's claws, with descriptions of recommended trimming tools and photo of properly trimmed claw. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. Photo by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Journals, Logbooks or Diaries - Discussion of the importance of keeping updated records, and a table of many items you can keep a record of while raising your iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Miscellaneous Care - (menu) Photo of Elmer (owned by Marian Briones) by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Traveling With Iguanas - How to prepare for a trip and travel with an iguana. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. Photos by Deena Spielman ©8/26/01. All rights reserved. This page can also be accessed through the Adoptions & Rescues menu.
          Shipping Iguanas - Detailed information on shipping iguanas with a courier, including packaging, pros and cons of shipping, pre-trip and post-trip recommendations, and courier options. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved. This page can also be accessed through the Adoptions & Rescues menu.
          Preparing for Winter - How to prepare for problems that may occur during the winter months. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Rentals and Iguanas - Information and recommendations for living in a rental home or apartment with an iguana or other pets. Written by Desiree Wong ©2001. All rights reserved.
          Dealing with Death - Basic advice on dealing with the passing of your iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Photo of Mojo's memorial by Derek Baze ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Understanding Iguanas - (menu) Photo of Bob (owned by Marian Briones) and Vega$ by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Anatomy - Labeled photos and descriptions of the basic parts of an iguana's body. Photos of Sneakers by Joan Appell ©1999, Brownie (owned by Kim Scott) by Adam Britton ©1998, Vega$ by Desiree Wong ©1999-2000, and Jake & Donnie by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Body Language - How to speak "iguana-ese" and know what your iguana is trying to tell you. Includes photos and explanations of common postures and behaviors. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. Photos of Mr. Guana (owned by Kim Scott) and Vega$ by Desiree Wong ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Sexing Iguanas - - How to tell whether your sexually mature iguana is a male or female. Includes photos. Written by Deena Spielman ©1999-2000. Photos of Jake & Donnie by Deena Spielman ©1999-2000. Photo of Brownie (owned by Kim Scott) by Desiree Wong ©1999. All rights reserved.
          Color Changes - - Information about the coloring of iguanas and what color changes mean. Written by Natalie Rigertas and Deena Spielman ©2004. Photo of black and white iguana by Meri Martin ©2004. Photos of Jose and Lew by Diane Remphrey ©2004. Photo of Gil by Stephanie Marshall ©2004. Photo of Max by Dana Belstler ©2004. Photo of Iggy by Dawson Mobley ©2004. Photo of Peewee by Denise Batson ©2004. All rights reserved.
          Shedding - Information about the shedding process and ways to help your iguana shed more easily. Written by Derek Baze ©1999. Photos of Jake and Donnie shedding by Deena Spielman ©2000. Photos of Jose shedding by Diane Remphrey ©2005. All rights reserved.
          Breeding Season Issues - Information on breeding season behaviors and physical changes in both male and female iguanas, along with suggestions for coping with related difficult behaviors or health problems. Written by Deena Spielman ©1999-2000. Photos of Jake ©2/7/00, Donnie & Jake mating ©5/29/01, and Donnie's eggs ©6/4/01 by Deena Spielman. Photos of Hal by Tory Klementsen ©2000. X-rays of Vega$ by Dr. Rosskopf, DVM ©1997. Photos of Bumpy and Hopper by Kim Scott ©2000. Photo of Primrose by Natalie Rigertas ©1999. Photo of Vega$' eggs by Desiree Wong ©2001. All rights reserved.
            Breeding Iguanas in Captivity - Discusses the pros and cons of captive breeding, and describes one breeder's experiences and advice. Written by Neil Sweetman ©2000. Introduction written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
            Spaying Female Iguanas - What Owners Can Expect - Discusses the pros and cons of spaying female iguanas, the type of care they will need while recovering from the surgery, and some of the problems that may occur. Written by Deena Spielman. Special thanks to Carroll McNeill, Natalie Rigertas, Desiree Wong and Kim Scott for providing information for this article. ©2001 All rights reserved.
          Iguanas in the Wild - A discussion of the placement of iguanas within the reptile group, as well as their natural history and life in the wild. Written by Deena Spielman ©2005. Photos of wild St. Thomas iguana by Darry Connor ©2004. Photos of wild Mexican green iguana and Grand Caymen blue iguana by Dana Belstler ©2005. Photos of wild iguanas in Ecuador by John Aristei ©2005. All rights reserved.
          Feral Iguanas In Florida - A discussion of the origins of, problems caused by, and methods of controlling the feral iguana population in Florida. Includes suggestions for deterring iguanas from a yard. Written by Deena Spielman ©2005. Quote taken from Reptiles magazine, Nov. 2009, Volume 17, Number 11. All rights reserved.
        Fahrenheit/Celcius Conversion Chart - Helpful for converting Fahrenheit temperatures to their Celsius equivalents. Written by Jamie Wang ©2000. All rights reserved.

      Adoptions & Rescues - (menu) Photo of Mr. Guana (owned by Kim Scott) by Desiree Wong ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Before you rescue or adopt - Serious issues that a person should think about before they rescue or adopt an iguana. Written by Jamie Wang ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Iguanas for Adoption - Adoption board listing iguanas in need of adoption or rescue. Written and updated by Green Iguana Society Team members ©2002. All rights reserved.
          Adoption Application - Information on how to submit an adoption application for a specific iguana. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Adoption Guide for Owners - Questions iguana owners can ask a potential adopter. Written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. All rights reserved.
        List an Iguana for Adoption - Form to submit information about an iguana that needs to be adopted or rescued. Form written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Other Adoptions & Rescues - Lists of other organizations that list or have iguanas for adoption. Written by Deena Spielman and Derek Baze ©2004. All rights reserved.
        Traveling With Iguanas - How to prepare for a trip and travel with an iguana. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. Photos by Deena Spielman ©8/26/01. All rights reserved. This page can also be accessed through the Miscellaneous Care menu.
        Shipping Iguanas - Detailed information on shipping iguanas with a courier, including packaging, pros and cons of shipping, pre-trip and post-trip recommendations, and courier options. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved. This page can also be accessed through the Miscellaneous Care menu.

      Veterinarians & Societies - (menu) Photo of Primrose (owned by Natalie Rigertas) by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Recommended Vets & Clinics - Lists of herp vets recommended by society members with links to other sites with lists of herp vets. Updated by Green Iguana Society team members ©2002. All rights reserved.
        Herpetological Societies - List of submitted herp societies. Written and updated by Green Iguana Society Team members ©1999-2001. All rights reserved.
        Questions for the Vet - Questions to ask your iguana's vet. Written by Natalie Rigertas, Derek Baze and Deena Spielman ©2004. All rights reserved.
        Checkups & Tests - Basic information about procedures and tests that should be done by your iguana's vet. Written by Natalie Rigertas and Darry Conner©2004. All rights reserved.
        Other Vet Listings - Links and information about other online lists of herp vets. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Some descriptions of other sites quoted from the recommended site's own description. All rights reserved.
        Health & Safety - (menu) The Health & Safety information is also listed under Green Iguana Care Information and the About Iguanas sections so that it can be easily accessed through several areas. See above for credits and acknowledgments.
        Vet & Clinic Registration - Form for herp vets to submit to be listed on our site. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. Some help with the questions came from Choosing a Reptile Vet and the Importance of Veterinary Care by Tricia Power. All rights reserved.

      Green Iguana Quick Help - Quick help and basic advice for common problems associated with iguana care. Written by Natalie Rigertas, Jamie Wang, Deena Spielman and Derek Baze ©2004. All rights reserved.
        Tips for New Iguana Owners - Advice for new iguana owners and information on how to begin learning more. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.

      Pamphlets & Handouts - Pamphlets and handouts that can be downloaded, printed, and handed out in your area. Written by Derek Baze © 2001. Pamphlets & handouts written by Derek Baze & Deena Spielman ©1999-2001. Photo of Sneakers by Joan Appell ©1999. All rights reserved.

      Approved Information & Products - (menu) Photo of Einstein (owned by Jamie Wang) by Desiree Wong ©1999. All rights reserved.
        Web Sites - List of quality web sites about iguanas and iguana care. Written by Deena Spielman ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Interactive Internet Resources - Information about internet forums, mailing lists, and chat rooms. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved.
          Message Board & Forum Etiquette - Basic advice on participating in internet forums, mailing lists, and chat rooms. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Books & Publications - Short list of the best books and publications about green iguanas. Written by Deena Spielman and Derek Baze ©2000-2001. Cover photo of Iguanas For Dummies used with permission from Melissa Kaplan. All rights reserved.
        Products - List of products that the Green Iguana Society recommends. Written by Jamie Wang ©2000. All rights reserved.
        Companies & Stores - List of recommended online herp supply stores. Written by Deena Spielman ©2004. All rights reserved.

      Green Iguana Society Kids Club - (menu) All "Tubby" the iguana characters by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Caring for Your Iguana - Very basic advice on iguana care. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Doing Your Chores - List of daily, weekly, and yearly iguana chores, including tips on making them easier and fun. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Green Iguana Quiz - Quiz to test yourself on how much you know about iguanas and iguana care. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Iguana Word Puzzle - A definition and word search puzzle to help you learn more about iguanas and iguana care. Written and created by Derek Baze and Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Color the Iguanas - Pictures of iguanas that can be printed out and colored. Written and drawn by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        How to Help Others - Basic advice on how kids can help others learn more about iguanas. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Got a Question? - Where and how to ask questions about iguanas. Written by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Info for Parents - Advice for parents on helping their kids with their iguanas. Written by Deena Spielman ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Better Reptile Pets for Kids - Advice and links about more suitable reptile pets for kids. Written by Deena Spielman ©2002. All rights reserved.

      The Green Iguana Society Journal - Yearly Report of Green Iguana Society activities. Written by Deena (Spielman) Hergert . All rights reserved.

      Link to Us - List of web sites that have provided a link to our site. Approved web sites are listed on our Web Sites page. Written and updated by Derek Baze ©2001. All rights reserved.
        Banners - Green Iguana Society banners that can be used as links on your web site. Banners designed by Derek Baze ©1999-2001. Photo of Sneakers by Joan Appell ©1999. All rights reserved.

      Donations - Information about donating to the Green Iguana Society. Written and updated by the Green Iguana Society Team ©2005. Photo of Lucky and King Blue by Desiree Wong ©2005. All rights reserved.

      The Green Iguana Society Team - Information about the people involved with the Green Iguana Society. Introduction written by Natalie Rigertas ©2000. Other information written by team members. Photo of Natalie & Primrose by Deena Spielman ©2001. Photo of Deena, Donnie & Jake by Todd Leif ©2000. Photo of Derek & Mojo by Derek Baze ©1999. Photos of Dana, Max & Tude by Dana Belstler ©2003. Photo of Cindy & Samantha by Cindy Hiddeman ©2003. Photos of Darry & Bubbette and Ted & Sandee by Darry & Ted Conner ©2002. Photo of Des & Vega$ by Desiree Wong ©1999. Photo of Dominick & Rex by Dominick Giorgianni ©2004. Photo of Paula & Ginger by Paula Germond ©2004. Photo of Lyn & Chester by Sarah Claire Ahlers ©2006. All rights reserved.

      Contact Us - How to contact the Green Iguana Society. Written by Derek Baze ©2000. All rights reserved. The contact page can be accessed on most of the pages throughout the website by clicking on the link at the bottom of each page.

      Disclaimer - Written by the Green Iguana Society team ©2000. All rights reserved. The disclaimer can be accessed on most of the pages throughout the website by clicking on the link at the bottom of each page.

      Site Outline, Credits & Acknowledgments - Photo of Bob (owned by Marian Briones) by Desiree Wong ©2000. All rights reserved.

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