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Our 13 yr old iguana, Piggy, got stepped on. She seemed ok, then she stopped eating. The vet said to force feed her- so we tried feeding her slurry with a syringe and she started acting primal,( normally she is a free range baby that's docile and sweet) her tongue turned purple, and she went limp. We took her to the vet- he said she is in a coma, and there is nothing he can do. We brought her home, now she is limp- barely breathing-  but still alive.Can she be saved? We are keeping her warm, and she has been hydrated up until this incident. Can you help?

Hello Shonna,

Oh gosh, I am so sorry to hear of the accident with your iguana.  Piggy is a unique name.  
Can you tell if her eyes are fixed & or dilated?
I would avoid feeding her though if she is unresponsive.  Do you have any pictures of her?
Could she support herself after she got stepped on & how badly was she stepped on, on her back?
Could her lungs have been damaged?
Try to keep her calm as much as possible.  You can keep her around 75-80 overnight to help.
I am unsure if at this point she can be saved, if there are any internal injuries.

Please let me know how she is doing.



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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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