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Iguanas for DUMMIES ®
by Melissa Kaplan
IDG Books Worldwide. August 2000
Wiley Publishing Inc.

354 pages; Photos and illustrations
ISBN 0-7645-5260-0
List: $21.99

Iguanas for Dummies:


 "Melissa's trademark combination of research and humor is a recipe for happier, healthier iguanas and iguana owners. Her extensive experience with and fondness for these complex creatures is everywhere evident."

Sue L. Solomon, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Reptile Rescue, Educator

For years, iguana keepers have been asking if I have written a book on iguana care. Well, now I can say, "Yes, I did!" Iguanas for Dummies® is for anyone who has or is thinking about getting an iguana. Readers who put into practice the information included in this book will find themselves sharing their lives with healthy, robust iguanas. The book includes information in addition to what has been available at my website in the convenient, organized format of the successful Dummies® series.

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"As a scientist, I am impressed by the depth of its research. As a pet owner, I am impressed by the practical knowledge this book displays. As a writer, I am impressed by this book's clarity. It is fun to read, loaded with clear information, and packed with extremely perceptive advice."

Kathryn W. Tosney, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, The University of Michigan


General Description

Iguanas for Dummies is a book both for those who are thinking about getting an iguana and for those who have had iguanas through the years but not had much luck with taming them or keeping them healthy (or alive!). This book will also be useful for the iguana owner who isn't such a beginner, but who is looking for ways to improve their care practices, make their iguana's life more interesting and comfortable, and just be a better iguana parent.

"Kaplan understands the complex biology and natural history of iguanas as well as anyone I know. Kaplan covers iguanas in captivity in a style that is concise, comprehensive, accurate, and focused on common issues seen by iguana owners. If you get only one book on iguanas as pets, this is the one to choose."

Stephen L. Barten, DVM; herpetological veterinarian, speaker, author


"With humor, intelligence and an astounding eye for detail, Melissa Kaplan urges her readers to 'do right by your iguana.' So much more than a simple 'care' book, Iguanas for Dummies is a blueprint for compassionate and responsible ownership."

Tracy Basile, Features Editor, ASPCA Animal Watch, free-lance author

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Is an Iguana the Pet for You?

Chapter 16

Gettin' Iggy with It

Chapter 2

Picking an Iguana

Chapter 17

No, They Don't Get Tame All by Themselves

Chapter 3

Bringing Home Baby

Chapter 18

Integrating Iguanas into Your Life

Chapter 4

If One Iguana Is Good, Are More Better?

Chapter 19 

Healthy Is As Healthy Does

Chapter 5 

Cat-ig-orizing Iguanas

Chapter 20

Common Injuries: What to Look for and How to Treat Them

Chapter 6

Iguana Anatomy

Chapter 21

Common Diseases and Disorders

Chapter 7

The Inner Iguana: Why Iguanas Do What They Do

Chapter 22

Dealing with Reptile Mites

Chapter 8

Basic Supplies

Chapter 23

Human Health Concerns

Chapter 9

Furnishing the Iguana Home

Chapter 24

Caught in the Act

Chapter 10 

Keeping Your Iguana Comfortable

Chapter 25

Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs

Chapter 11

The Great Outdoors

Chapter 26

Ten Plant Identification and Nutrition Web Sites

Chapter 12

Cleaning and Caring for Your Iguana

Chapter 27 

Ten Suggestions for Socializing Your Iguana

Chapter 13

The Good, the Bad, and the Processed (Nutritional Requirements)

Chapter 28

Ten Reasons to See a Veterinarian

Chapter 14 

Brunch Is Served


Chapter 15

"But Iguana Go with You!" (What to Do When You're Going Away)

Errata, First Printing

Book Review from

"The book that you have in your hands is a testimony to the years of dedicated work and experience that have made Melissa Kaplan a widely recognized expert on the captive care of iguanas. "

Excerpt from the IFD Forward by William K. Hayes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California


How To Get Iguanas for Dummies®

You can find Iguanas for Dummies® at most bookstores selling the popular Dummies® series. If your local book or pet store doesn't stock it, they can order it for you, or you can order it yourself from your favorite online bookseller:

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If you are interested in quantity purchases, you can place an order directly with the publisher (but you will probably get a better price from one of the above online sellers!):

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Iguanas For Dummies, ISBN 0-7645-5260-0

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Iguanas for Dummies, by Melissa Kaplan.  Published by IDG Books Worldwide.


Iguanas for Dummies ®
by Melissa Kaplan
Published by
Dummies / Wiley Publishing Ind.
909 Third Avenue
New York NY
ISBN# 0764552600
August 2000


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