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My iguana is shaking and cold to the touch. Everywhere I ...

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My iguana is shaking and cold to the touch. Everywhere I have read says this is hypothermia... is this true and if it is how can I help him?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Joan replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

What type of lighting are you using?

What are your Temps?

Do you use any supplements?

Joan

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jav917's Post: Brooder bulbs and the temp is between 80-90 sometimes we sprinkle rep-cal calcium on his greens (mustard, collard, turnip)
Expert:  Joan replied 9 years ago.

Hello,

Your problem is not Hypotheremia , but Metabolic Bone disease. An Iguana cannot Metabolize the Calcium unless you are using a UVB bulb which simulates sunlight. The first sign of MBD is twitching and shaking. This Ig needs to get under a UVB light or into some direct sunlight asap. This will help. This is the type of bulb you should be using.

Zoo Med ReptiSun HO UVB Bulbs

http://www.anapsid.org/iguana/index.html

The Temps should be about 80*-90*F . This is another link that will help you with the care. Joan

http://www.greenigsociety.org/heatlighthumidity.htm