Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I’m a biologist with over 20 years of experience keeping reptiles. I’m sorry to hear about this accident. Some additional information may help me determine the best steps for you to take.
How long was the light out?
How long ago did you find him like this?
Thank you for getting back to me. If the only problem was the cold, your iguana should have come around by now. In ?Florida, where they run wild, they survive actual freezing temperatures (30’s and 40’s) by going into a dormant state. They become stiff and barely breathe, and they fall out of trees.But when the temperature warms, they recover. So it’s possible your iguana is not dead, but if he’s been warm for several hours, he should not still be like this. I suspect something else was going on besides the cold.
I’ll give you something to try before you conclude he is dead. Prepare a shallow bath consisting of half Pedialyte and half water at about 90*F. Soak him for 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to hold his head out of the water.
If you don’t have Pedialyte, you can make your own by combining 2 cups of water, 3 teaspoons of sugar, and one-fourth (1/4) teaspoon of salt.
After that, I would place him in his cage under the light and give him some time. If he’s still stiff and not visibly breathing in a few hours, we can assume he has died. I hope that won’t be the case. If you have more concerns, just let me know. I’m glad to help in any way I can.
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