Decided to do a before and after sort of thing with Calcifer. The top two photos were taken when we first got her. Cal was a rescue reptile, we had gotten her from the Herps Society. At the time the man there said that she was not going to live, and gave her to me practically free.
After taking her to the vet we learned she had a sever burn on her back and a fungal infection. The vet said that there is not too much they could do but give her some antibiotics and even then, she said not to get my hopes up.
But I was determined and figured I would give her the best life I could. And slowly but surely, she started getting better. And now, a little over a year later, she is infection free, no burn, her color is back, and she is just as healthy as any other iguana. The only way you would even know she had a rough start is the scarring on her back and legs from the burn. Not to mention she is literally 5x bigger than she was.
I just thought I would share this, help raise awareness for reptiles and what happens when they are not taken care of properly.
Calcifer is an amazing and hilarious pet, but iguanas are a lot of work and can live a long time. So if you want one, be smart and research and prepare before you bring your reptile home.