||Four and a half years old|
||San Diego, California, USA|
is a 4 & 1/2 year old iguana who recently re-located to sunny San
Diego, California from the frigid un-reptile-friendly state of Michigan.
Louis recently completed a series of ten shots to combat a bacterial
skin infection he got when his brother Sartre (also an iguana) bit him.
This makes him the bravest iguana in the world....
In honor of his courageous act, he has been bestowed with gifts,
including a large version of his favorite toy -- Chocolate the Moose,
the beanie baby -- and a new jungle gym to climb on. However, we think
he needs public recognition for his unwavering bravery.
||Louis Merle Orr|
||Jean Paul GG Sartre Allin, Tommy Pickles (iguanas),|
Nietzsche (Savannah monitor), Camus (leopard gecko),
Zooey, Eesham & Ripley (box turtles) &
Mondrian (Hermann's tortoise).
||Herb Alpert & Marylin Manson|
||climbing & car rides|
||"If you can't eat it, climb it."|
||Lewis Carroll -- he wanted the more regal spelling, though.|
||to eat a dinner of Mac & cheese with Herb Alpert in Tijuana|
We have four free-roaming iguanas at present, each with their
own personality and behavioral quirks. We have found them to be as
involving and interactive as dogs or cats, but without the fur (my
husband is allergic). I've been keeping reptiles for 16 years,
everything from turtles to a boa constrictor, and by far, iggs are my
personal favorite. There is a drawback, though... they're expensive to
keep. With food, vitamins, special lighting, aquariums, vet bills and
"toys," they are as expensive, if not more-so than dogs. Plus, as they
aren't truly "domesticated" animals they take a lot more attention
than their canine and feline counter-parts. If they aren't held and
played with on a daily basis, they can get mean. Overall, though, we
wouldn't trade them for any other pets. They've become an integral
part of our lives. We refer to them as our "kids" and actually chose
our current apartment based on their desire and need for actual
sunlight. We even made the decision to move to San Diego based in a
large part on them.
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