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Izod, Wizard, and Sarge enjoy a Summer Time Treat

Izod eating watermellon-1 Izod eating watermellon-2 Wizard eating watermellon Sarge eating watermellon

Here's some pictures of Pretzel.

Pretzel-1 Pretzel-2

Pretzel was fed an incorrect diet as a baby and had metabolic bone disease and multiple fractures along her spine.
Pretzel was our poster child until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 4th, 2005.

Pictured here is Beer, she's a friend of Pretzel. When Beer came to us she wouldn't eat.
One of the functions Pretzel did for us was teach the new comers how to eat.
As you can see, she did a good job!

Beer eating

Guacamole has been a resident of the Sanctuary since 1997.
When he came to the Sanctuary he was so sick he looked like three day old guacamole, hence his name.
Because of his various ailments he never developed the ability to climb so he stays in a ground level enclosure.

Guacamole eating

Izod is one of the big boys at the Sanctuary.
His former owners had done a good job raising him and he has very little health problems.
He was turned into the Sanctuary because "we didn't know he would get so big!".
Once again, one of the things most people don't think about when they buy that "cute little green iguana" at a pet shop,,,
it grows into a BIG green iguana!

Izod eating

This is Mortimer.

Mortimer in a tree

Mortimer was turned in to the Sanctuary as a nine year old.
He was fed a correct diet and is almost 6' from nose to tip of his tail.

Al getting Microchiped.

Al getting microchiped

Can you tell which iguana is Stubbs. and which is a statue?

Stubbs on statue

When Stubbs came to the Sanctuary in 2004 and he was very lethargic, dehydrated, had mites, and was starving.
He was over nine years old, and stunted as he had been kept in a small aquarium and fed only once a month so “he wouldn’t grow too big!”.
He spent over a month in intensive care.
He became very active, was cured of his mites, had been rehydrated, and was eating great and gaining weight.

Stubbs crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 8, 2008 and is now "Basking in the Sun" on the other side.

The Iguana Condos.

Iguana condos

The three condos on the right are 3 foot by 3 foot by 10 foot high and the one on the far left is 3 feet deep by 6 feet wide by 10 feet high.
They all have a high basking limb and a mid-level platform with a shelter house as well as a bamboo shade area.
They now have grape vines planted around them to provide more shade and something special for the Iguanas to nibble on.
These are the first ones, we are going to build more of them.

This is Boris "basking" at the top of one of the Iguana Condos.

Boris Basking

Here's Miss Iggy, She came from a disabled Navy Vet who had build Miss Iggy a special room of her own in their new house.
Unfortunately his disabilities had progressed to where he was no longer able to care for her so he sent her to live here at the Sanctuary.
Miss Iggy is one of the few lizards that has house privileges.
She was the star of our 2004 Christmas Card as she loves to smile!
Click on the below left picture and you will see her smile.

Miss Iggy-1 Miss Iggy-2 Miss Iggy eating

This is Camo.
She came to the Sanctuary this February 2006 from a nice lady who had rescued Camo from some teenage kids
who were sticking her with pins and needles. Camos new owner did her research on Iguanas.
She provided Camo with the correct lighting and food and Camo grew into a nice specimen of an Iguana.
When Camos care giver fell ill she had to find her a new home so she brought Camo here to the Sanctuary.
Camo is seen below at a recent lecture with the Aggies for Animal Rescue for a local Girl Scout Troop.

Camo-1 Camo-2 Camo-3

Here's a picture of one of the male Iguanas in his breeding "Colors".

Male in Color

2008 saw the completion of the indoor/outdoor iguana enclosure.
All of the iguanas were moved to this enclosure.
Some of them didn't "play" well with the group so those were moved back to individual "condos",
but, the vast majority of them were "social" and did quite well together!

The indoor enclosure is 16 feet wide, 24 feet long and 10 feet high.
There are lots of basking lights and limbs within
and many "condos" for the iguanas to climb on and hide in.

There is a window at ground level which can be opened and closed as needed
to allow the iguanas the freedom of movement from the inside to the outside.

The outside inclosure is 12 feet wide by 16 feed long and 8 feet tall.
It is totally enclosed in wire with two access doors.
There are many "basking" limbs and even a tree within this enclosure.
There are large water containers for the iguanas to soak in
and drink from as well as places for them to hide in.

The iguanas seem to be enjoying their new "Home" and are getting very fat!

Here are a few pictures of the outside enclosure.

iggy yard pic 1 iggy yard pic 2 iggy yard pic 3

By the spring of 2011 the number of Iguanas residents had outgrown the size of the outdoor enclosure.
Therefore Iguana enclosure needed to be expanded.
The back of the enclosure was divided in half and the two parts were moved to the ends of the sides making the entire enclosure over six foot longer.
Then the "Condos" were moved to the opening at the end of the enclosure adding another three foot in length and ten feet in height at the back side of the enclosure.
More dirt was moved into the enclosure raising the floor six inches.

Picture of end before opening it up.
iguana endcap b4 move view 1

Picture of end before opening it up from other side,
you can see the "condos" in the background
on the right side of the picture.
iguana endcap b4 move view 2

Pictures of inside of enclosure after condos moved, and roof installed.
The Mays Business students are hauling dirt.
iguana yard with condos moved and dirt being hauled pic 2 iguana yard w/concos and dirt being hauled

The iguanas enjoying the newly enlarged enclosure
iguana condos

The iguanas enjoying their food
iguana eatting pic iguana eatting pic 2

The iguanas enjoying the last rays of sun at sunset.
iguana condos at sunset

On April 10, 2013 the Iguana Building exploded caused by a leak in one of the propane heaters in the building.
The flash fire and explosion that occured blew the walls away from the foundation and the door open.
iguana wall blownout
The propane to the buildings was turned off and the couple of places within the building
that were on fire were quickly put out.

iguana fire pic 1 iguana fire pic 2

The animals were removed from their cages and relocated to other enclosures.
While we were assessing their burns we noticed that the building had re-ignited.
There was a strong north wind blowing and within a few minutes the building
and the tool/supply building next to it were fully involved.

The Snook volenteer fire department arrived quickly but the fire was so intense
a second call was put out to the Sommerville volunteer fire department.

pic of firemen #1 pic of firemen #2 pic of front of buildings pic of rear of Iguana building

They were able to save our home, and part of the Serpentarium.
Most of the roof, one wall and part of another wall of the Serpentarium were destroyed.
The Iguana Building and the tool/supply building were a total loss along with
all of the Sanctuarys tools and supplies for future expansion of the Sanctuary.

In the day following the fire the poor iguanas began to die of their burns.
When it was all over, we has lost 35 iguanas, 1 nile monitor and 1 Tegu.
Sassy and Jethro were the only Iguanas to surive. It was a sad time at the Sanctuary.

We decided to replaced the burned out iguana building with a metal shipping container.
After the mess of the fire was cleaned up we had the container delivered.

pic of new iguana building #1 pic of new iguana building #2 pic of new iguana building #3
pic of new iguana building #4 pic of new iguana building #5 pic of new iguana building #6
pic of new iguana building #7 pic of new iguana building #8 pic of new iguana building #9

Work on the new Iguana building continues. We expect to have it completed by
the winter of 2016. Check back for pictures of the new building as they become available.

Iguanas continue to arrive at the Sanctuary. As of April 15th 2016 the number is
up to 21. And to our amazement, both Sassy and Jethro are both still with us.

Here's pictures of two of the newest arrivals.
spike pic 2 new iguana  pic 1

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