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August 29, 2001

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Wilma, the Pet of the Day
Name: Wilma
Age: Three years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Green Iguana
Home: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
   My husband and I adopted Wilma from a woman who was moving to another state about nine months ago. At first, she was scared of us, and wouldn't come near us. Eventually she warmed to us, after she realized we were feeding her. Now she is the sweetest iguana, and the prettiest! She is still very territorial while in her cage, but she loves it when I open the door and talk to her. She lifts her head up and looks at me, and loves to be called "pretty girl." When she finally decided to come out, she is free to roam the house.

    My favorite thing is to put Wilma in the office with me when I'm at the computer, and watch her bob her head at herself in the mirror. She can do that for hours. My husband will spend over two hours every couple weeks, making an iguana feast for Wilma and her little counterpart Louie (our baby iguana), that consists of collared and mustard greens, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, kiwi, mango, apple, and melon. This will last a couple of weeks in a good container, and the igs love it.

    Wilma keeps fat and sassy, and therefore sheds constantly. She gets a bath once or twice a week (deep enough for her to swim), and between baths, she gets a coat of vegetable oil to help the shedding process. Wilma is mad at us right now for bringing two kittens into her domain, but in time, she will forgive us. I agree with others who say that igs are not for everyone, but if you are willing to give the time and attention they require, they will be a very fulfilling part of your life.

    Don't forget National Iguana Awareness Day is September 8th this year!!! This is a day to promote the proper handling and care for your igs!!! Go out, show them off, and be proud!!!

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