WI Iguana Husbandry Manual complete.pdf


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Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 4
Natural History ............................................................................................................................... 7
Captive Management ................................................................................................................... 25
Population Management .............................................................................................................. 25
Quarantine ............................................................................................................................... 26
Housing..................................................................................................................................... 26
Proper Animal Capture, Restraint, and Handling...................................................................... 32
Reproduction and Nesting ........................................................................................................ 34
Hatchling Care .......................................................................................................................... 40
Record Keeping ........................................................................................................................ 42
Husbandry Protocol for the Lesser Antillean iguana (Iguana delicatissima)................................. 43
Nutrition ....................................................................................................................................... 47
Captive diets ............................................................................................................................. 47
Food categories and suggested ranges, with flexibility for seasonal changes and foods available.
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Target nutrient ranges .............................................................................................................. 48
Seasonal changes: ................................................................................................................ 50
Sample diets: ........................................................................................................................ 50
Nutrition related health concerns ............................................................................................ 52
Metabolic bone disease (MBD). ........................................................................................... 52
Gout...................................................................................................................................... 52
Vitamin D needs and assessing Vitamin D status...................................................................... 53
Meeting vitamin D needs...................................................................................................... 53
UVB. ...................................................................................................................................... 53
Oral vitamin D supplementation. ......................................................................................... 53
Assessing vitamin D status.................................................................................................... 53
Serum nutrients ........................................................................................................................ 53
Natural diet .............................................................................................................................. 54
Gastrointestinal tract characteristics in relation to diet ........................................................... 58
Diet survey................................................................................................................................ 58
Standard dietary protocol at ICR, Zoological Society of San Diego ............................................... 58

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