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I found it to be detailed, witty, interesting and useful to anyone keeping green iguanas. The book reads like a novel and is a must for anyone serious about green iguanas. Lots of little obscure facts that blend together to provide even the seasoned professional herpetologist with 'tidbits' he or she did not know.
Sean McKeown, past Curator of Reptiles
Chaffee Zoological Gardens
Fresno, California


The Guadalajara Zoo (Zoológical Guadalajara) is located in Mexico's second-largest city, Guadalajara. The zoo was established in its current location in 1988, displaying animals from throughout the world in an area of about 35 hectares.
     I have been the head curator of reptiles and amphibians since the zoo opened here, and I designed the herpitarium. I am responsible for all the zoo's snakes, turtles, frogs, and lizards-as well as the spiders and scorpions. One particular lizard of interest is the common green iguana (Iguana iguana), which is found in the lowlands and coastal acres of Mexico.
     We have a green iguana population here at the zoo that fluctuates between about 10 and 70 animals. All our iguanas are donated by people in the area who had them for pets and then had some kind of trouble keeping them.
     When we get the iguanas healthy we release them back into the wild. We always keep about 10 iguanas at the zoo so the people who come to visit can see a lizard that is indigenous to our state and country.
     With up to 70 iguanas here, it is important to know how to care for and feed them properly. Luckily we have a book by James W. Hatfield III called Green Iguana-The Ultimate Owner's Manual that has a chapter dedicated just to feeding these lizards in captivity. Now I know what are the correct foods to feed iguanas.
     Also included is a long chapter on iguanas' behavior in the wild; illustrations of their internal organs with detailed descriptions of their functions; six pages of black-and-white photos of their skeleton; and information about their intelligence and memory that I have never seen before. There is also a huge chapter on their possible medical problems, including how to identify the problems and what solutions to try.
     It is difficult to find good information on iguanas here in Mexico, which is why we are especially pleased to have found Green Iguana-The Ultimate Owner's Manual. It's referred to as a "pet care" book, but with its well-documented scientific references and illustrations, it's much more than that. This one 650-page book offers everything I can ever imagine needing to know about green iguanas. I really appreciate having this book as it will help me greatly and it is a true asset to our zoo.
Eduardo Fanti Echegoyen,
Head Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians
Guadalajara Zoo



 
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