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Around Christmas of 2013 my Iggy dropped his tail. Its growing back, but its curled. Where it broke off is straightened and keeps getting long. But the end is still curled. Will it straighten itself out or is he going to have to loose the end of his lethal "whip" again? (I'd attach a photo if I had one).

Hi Layla,
If it is hard and dry, then yes, it will most likely need removed....if it looks like healthy tail tissue, then chances are there was some nerve damage with the old break and it will most likely remain curled.  Keep a close eye on it and don't hesitate to get to the vet if it is dry or becomes dry.  


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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.

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