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Joan, Vet Technician
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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.


What type of lighting are you using?

What are your Temps?

Do you use any supplements?


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.


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

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