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April 13, 2000

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Conan, the Pet of the Day
Name: Conan
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Green Iguana
Home: Texas, USA
   Conan is my 4 and 1/2 foot long, male green iguana. He is five years old, and is my baby, without a doubt. He is extremely tame, knows his name, and responds to certain commands, such as "eat your food" and "give me a kiss." If a stranger should come into my room (i.e a friend of mine he's never seen), he puffs up and lashes his tail in an attempt to protect me, but would never bite anyone he is familiar with. He is extremely patient with my two nephews who are three and five, and he even tolerates the dog! He is in an extremely large enclosure that he likes so much, he won't come out even if I leave the door open for hours. He loves to look out the window and bask in the sunshine. His favorite staple is string beans, and his favorite treat are kiwis.

    Everyone in my family has learned to love him as their own, and come in to visit him often. Even my mother, who was deathly afraid of reptiles, now sees that Conan is a gentle, intelligent, protective, loving creature.

    I found that too many iguanas are purchased by people who do not have enough patience, and have not done enough research to properly care for an iguana. For those who are willing to make the commitment, they make wonderful pets!

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