The Iguana Den




Iguana Dictionary

Graphic of Iguana face defining different features

Ambient - external or outside

Ambient Temperature - outside air temperature

Anorexia - Loss of appetite

Arboreal - Pertaining to a tree dwelling habitat

Back Slapping - When the Iguana is lying on its stomach with arms at their sides flipping them upward

Bacteria - Any of numerous groups of one celled organisms which are involved in infectious diseases

Calcium - a mineral used by the body to create strong bones and in other metabolic functions

Carnivorous - Flesh or meat eating

Carrier - An animals that is a host to parasites or bacteria

Cloaca - Posterior opening of both the excretiatory and reproductive tracts

Cross-Feeding - The transferring of uneaten food to another animal

Dermatitis - A skin infection

Dewlap - Throat fan, vertical loose flap of skin connected to the throat region

Digits - Fingers or toes

Disinfect - to kill microorganisms

Diurnal - Daily or being active in the daytime.

Dorsal - Pertaining to the back

Dorsal Scales - Scales found on the back of the body

Dystocia - Difficulty in delivering eggs or young

Ecdysis - The shedding of the skin

Ectotherm - Cold blooded

Femoral Pores - the row of dots located on the underside of the rear legs

Gout - accumulation of urate crystals in tissues sites

Gravid - Pregnant

Heat Strip - Electrical heating element used for under cage heating

Hemipenes - paired male sexual organs

Herbivorous - Vegetarian or preferring a diet plant material

Hypercalcemia - Abnormally high blood calcium level

Hyperphosphatemia - Abnormally high blood phosphorus

Hypervitaminosis - condition in which the animal is overdosed on vitamins.

Hypocalcemia - Abnormally low blood calcium level

Hypophosphatemia - Abnormally low blood phosphorus

Hypovitaminosis - Condition in which the animal is lacking sufficient vitamin levels

Host - The animal in which parasites or bacteria is present

Hot Rock - Electrical heating device in the form of a rock

Mites - a small parasite that feeds off of an animal

Necropsy - Post mortem examination

Nares - Nostrils or Nasal openings

Nocturnal - To be active at night

Omnivorous - Both flesh eating and plant eating

Oviparous - Laying Eggs

Parasite - An organism that lives in or on a plant or animal of another species from which it obtains its nutrients

Photoperiod - time interval between day and night

Prolapse - Falling out

Renal - Pertaining to the Kidneys

Rostral - Pertaining to the nose or front of the head

Salmonella - Bacteria that enters the digestive track causing severe food poisoning

Salmonellosis - Food poisoning cause by the consumption of salmonella bacteria

Sneezing - Commonly occurring process in which excess salts are expelled

Substrate - Bedding or covering for the floor of a cage

Tail - Part of the animal posterior to the cloaca

Tympanum - a drumlike vibrating structure functioning as a hearing organ also know as an ear

Thermal Burns - Burns occurring from coming in contact with a heating device

Vermiculite - Light weight absorbent heat resistant material used when incubating eggs

Viable - being alive or still living



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