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URGENT! I NEED YOUR HELP! Lizard trauma       6/30/14
It's me again and I need your help!
<Fire away.>
My neighbor just rescued a green iguana-looking lizard from a dog while on her way home. Knowing that I own a turtle, she thought that I'm the most okay person to take care of it.
It has external injuries from the dog. It doesn't look serious, just some
wounds. And I'm panicking about the poor thing. I don't know how to clean
reptile wounds much less how to take care of it.
<Short term, standard skin medications as we'd use for cuts will work just
fine, e.g., Iodine, antiseptic wipes/creams, etc.>
I can take a picture for you so you can identify it for me.
<Yes, please do.>
It's not really limping or weak-looking...the poor thing just looks a bit
terrified at the moment.
<I bet.>
I assumed he' (the lizard has long nails so I assumed it's a male) is a
terrestrial so I got some coco peat to make a moist terrarium for him. NOW
I'M REALLY PANICKING! I don't know what to feed him or how to make a
terrarium for him!
<You really don't want to be housing this lizard for too long. For one thing, adult Iguanas can be very aggressive and dangerous. Your first thought must be to contact someone who can help -- local animal welfare charity for example, or a local zoo. Also, wild animals don't always adapt well to captivity, and their high stress levels will impair healing. Much better to get the chap cleaned up, make sure his wounds have stopped bleeding and the skin is otherwise intact, then release the lizard somewhere safe and appropriate (which is where your local animal welfare can be really useful).>
HELP! PLEASE! Help me help the poor beautiful lizard.
PS. He's not green anymore!!! He's turned into a brownish brown with black
<Stress colouration. Cheers, Neale.>
Re: URGENT! I NEED YOUR HELP! Ig     7/1/14
Hi again,
sorry for the late reply...
I've been trying to send pictures from my phone to the PC and my Bluetooth wasn't cooperating...so yeah.
Anyway...I've calmed down a bit.
I tried Google-ing a bit and I think it's a Green Crested Lizards. But I'm not really 100% sure because some characteristics are not exactly the same (like the black circle around the eye)
<Indeed. Do bear in mind Green Crested Lizards are native to Asia, so if this chap turned up in, say, the US or Europe, then he might well be an escapee. Or for that matter, some entirely different species of lizard.>
Here's a picture of him I took while sorting out his temporary habitat. A few minutes after I calmed down, he turned green again (so I wasn't hallucinating, thank goodness) and he hasn't turned brown ever since. He's a bit more active now, walking around his cage and well...being green.
<A good sign.>
I'm not sure if there are any animal wildlife charity or zoo nearby. I'll try looking at the next cities or towns but it might take a while (because real life. and I don't have a car. It might be too stressful for him to transport him via public transport so I want to make sure first.)
So in the mean time, I thought it might be best to keep him here until I properly contact a wildlife charity to take him away and take care of Fred for me.
<Quite so.>
I've started calling him Fred, because he's very nimble...you know, like Fred Astaire.
I don't know what to feed him. I'll look for meal worms at local pet shops tomorrow. But if I don't see some meal worms, does he eat beef or chicken?
<Unlikely. Lizards are usually "sight oriented" predators that respond to movement. Earthworms might work, or failing that, flies or crickets you have about your home or garden.>
I know other lizards eat meat...do they
<Some do, yes. A few are herbivores though.>
(whatever his specie actually is). I put some moist peat moss and coco peat on the makeshift plastic tank as the terrarium substrate.
<Sounds good. He will likely need warmth too, quite probably a source of UV-B light for proper bone growth, and some degree of humidity. Lizards, tropical lizards anyway, are somewhat demanding pets.>
Anyway, thanks for helping me out.
<Welcome. Neale.>

worm/snake... terr., ID   12/1/11
I live on a fresh water lake. While clearing grass and muck from the lake edge I came across a strange creature. I never heard of it and can't find it in Google.
It is about 4-8 inches long and about an inch in diameter. The head is blunt with no mouth that I could see. The tail is tapered and pointed. It's dark gray to black in color.
I discovered it digging into the lake edge. It moves very quickly, trying to burrow back into the ground. It's so fast; I haven't been able to take a picture.
Any ideas what it is??
<Hello Randy. Without a photo, this is impossible to answer. Yes, it could be some sort of unusually large earthworm, but in different parts of the world there are certainly snakes, legless lizards, caecilians, even fish (particularly eels) that could match this sort of description. Flowerpot Snakes for example are easily mistaken for worms, but they're largely tropical in distribution. Likewise, caecilians are strikingly wormy, but their distribution is very patchy, and so far as I know they're absent from the cooler parts of the world like North America and Europe. So where about are you? That would help. Did the "worm" have openings around its neck that resembled gills? Did it have any sign of fins or legs? Any eyes? Was its
skin uniform in appearance, or segmented, or scaly? Was the animal sleek or slimy? Cheers, Neale.>
Re: worm/snake  12/1/11
Thanks for your response! I will try to be ready for a photo next time, but will have to be FAST. I live in Orlando Florida.
As far as I could see from my quick view, there were no gills, legs, fins, segments, etc. Just a smooth sleek uniform surface. I don't remember any eyes even. It was short, "fat", and very muscular, diving back into the ground very quickly.
The back half tapered to a point.
<Glad to help. Do look up Ramphotyphlops braminus, a snake species reasonably common in Florida though often overlooked. Cheers, Neale.>

Lizards. Gecko comp., not env., nor temperament    - 4/1/10
I bought a golden gecko and a crocodile gecko and I was wondering what other lizards could go in the same tank with them without killing each other
<Hello Kyle. You can't actually keep the Golden Gecko (Gekko ulikovskii) and the Crocodile Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) together, so you've already got problems. Reptiles are divided into two basic types, those from dry habitats and those from humid (wet) habitats. The Golden Gecko comes from humid rainforests of Vietnam and needs high humidity to do well (60-80%). The Golden Gecko comes from North Africa, and lives in semi-arid
environments where the air is quite dry (50% humidity). What suits one species will be stressful to the other. These two Gecko species cannot be reliably mixed and will need quite different homes. The Golden Gecko needs
a tank with rocks, sand and a few burrows, while the Crocodile Gecko needs fake or real plants, bogwood branches to climb, moss or coir to root about in, and lots of moisture. As for mixing species, this is very difficult to
do with Geckos. They are often territorial. Males will fight to the death except in the largest vivaria. Mixing species causes problems because bigger or more aggressive species will bully small and weaker species, hogging all the food. In short, do what virtually all reptile keepers recommend: keep one species per vivarium, and optimise that vivarium for the species in question. Cheers, Neale.>

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