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I bought a new iguana from petco last week. He seems to be happy and healthy but this is new for me. So I was wondering if the black tip on his tail is normal?

Hi Kyle,
A black tip can be one of two things... if it is dry and brittle, then it is most likely dry gangrene and needs to be seen by a vet so the "dead" part of the tail can be removed to prevent it from moving on up the tail.  If it is soft and rubbery, then it is fine and is new growth  from an injury.  You might want to do a search for pictures of  both conditions so you can get a better idea as to what it is.  


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I am well versed in all aspects of the care and keeping of green iguanas. This includes all husbandry issues pertaining to the Green Iguana. I am not a vet so I cannot answer medical questions, other than ideas for normal supplementation, removing stuck shed, dropped tail and mites and other general health questions


I own 3 green iguanas, two of which are rescues. I've had my Iguanas for 11 years. I own a yahoo group dedicated to raising healthy iguanas. I've rescued and rehabbed several young iguanas and have placed them in wonderful forever homes. I prefer taking in the "hard cases" that need critical care.

Scales and Tails Exotic Pet Rescue (one of the founding members)

One of the Co Authors of the Book "The Iguana Dens Care and Keeping of Giant Green Iguanas"

I was a vet tech for a small animal practice for 6 years.

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I own a yahoo group dedicated to raising healthy iguanas.(babyiguana) I have answered several Iguana questions on the "reptile" forum on here.

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