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Make this sort and simple. My male ig just tried to mate with my female ig. My male ig earl is in. Breeding season. He's great not aggressive or anything. But female I am fostering is two years old as the people I resuce her from but is only six inches snout to vent maybe 5. Earl is 12 inches snout to vent. Two years old just about. But just a few min ago I saw female ig roam in earls cage. Earl is free roam with acces to his cage. So she roamed in went to earl head bob earl did a c turn grip back of neck and that's when I broke it up. Haha. I took female under light examined it no skin was borken. Now question is I don't think she hit maturity yet she was very poorly taken care of she has a lot of catching up to do. But can she get pregent even though she's not developed:? She's in her own cage now. But she's not in season could she get pregrant? I don't want baby iguanas anytime soon. Also my earl went back toward her after putting him across the room. Could he sense she's is season? Her coloers are bright green she's so pretty. No signs of organe. Thanks for your time.

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Hi Chris,

I would agree with your assessment. Breeding is a function of size just as much as chronological age and the fact that she is severely stunted for her age has very likely prevented ovulation. She is about the size of 6 to 7 month old iguana rather then a two year old and looks very much like a juvenile in the photo.

I strongly doubt that you have to worry about her becoming gravid.  

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

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Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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