Help! I've Lost My Iguana- Some Helpful Tips

Monday, November 30, 2009
How To Find Your Lost Iguana
Unfortunately, I can't guarantee he will be found but I can certainly help you think of all the best spots to look. I have heard of many iguanas either escaping their enclosure or worse yet, escaping the house. Since I was a kid I've been overly obsessed with keeping all animals indoor, all the time. I hate to think of a poor helpless pet lost outside :( That being said, let's first look indoors. Here are some things you should do first, before ripping apart your room.

Inside
1. Close the door of the room where your iguana spends most of his time. For example, if your iguana's habitat is inside of your spare room there's a good chance he's still in there.

2. Keep other pets locked up in a crate or outside so they don't mistake your missing iguana for a snack or play thing.

3. Check the floor first so you don't step on him while your searching. Then check in high spots- the top of book cases, cabinets, or curtains. Don't just look with your eyes but feel through the curtains and lift up things.

4. Check closets. Again, don't just look but feel in between clothes, coats and whatever else is hanging. I have heard of many iguanas climbing up inside of sweatshirts only to be found three days later because their owner didn't physically check.

5. Next, look inside of dark small spots. Under the couch, the space between your bed or couch and the wall. Iguanas love to cram themselves inside of itty bitty spaces as it makes them feel more secure. To this day, Iggy tries to go underneath my dresser despite it being too small for her to fit in.

6. Once you have thoroughly checked the initial room, branch out into the rest of your house or apartment. Check the floor, then look up high, then check hiding spots.

Hopefully you have found her by now! If not, don't give up. Something like 95% of all escaped iguanas do not leave their owner's property! There is hope and you will find her. Leave a plate of food out in each room and during the day you can set up a heat lamp on a certain spot so hopefully your iguana will see it and be coaxed out of their spot.

Be sure to continuously check any danger areas in the house such as the stove, radiators or other areas that can get extremely hot. You do not want to find your iguana like that :(


Outside
After you've checked the inside of your house it's time to move onto the outside yard. As we know, iguanas love to climb so any tree will be ideal. They just want to get up off the ground so they won't get eaten. If you live in a warm area of the world, your escaped iguana can live for many days provided they are in good health- so keep searching!

Put up Lost Iguana signs around your neighborhood. Alert neighbors, animal shelters, heck- if it were me I'd even call the police and fire department so they are aware of a missing iguana.

If you have a tame iguana who normally does not act aggressively, I'd suggest putting on the missing ad that he/she is sweet and not threat to children or animals. I have heard many sad stories of missing iguanas being mistaken for vicious animals so scared neighbors do what they can to 'get rid' of it before it hurts their own pet or children.

Here are some hiding spots that fellow iguana owners have found their iggs in:
- In the garage inside of a trash can
- In the shed curled up inside of a car tire
- On top of kitchen cabinets inside of a jar
- Smushed between the fridge and the wall of the kitchen
- Inside of clothing in closets
- In couches/arm chairs
- In piles of dirty laundry/laundry hamper
- Shower curtain

Best of luck finding your iguana. For those of you who have been lucky enough not to have had this happen- remember- it can! Iguanas are very sneaky when it comes to escaping out of their enclosures or just walking out the door. They are naturally very curious of their surroundings and most will venture out if given the chance. I have even heard of iguanas banging against doors in order to vibrate the lock open!

27 comments:

  1. My iguana broke the screen on a window yesterday and escaped yesterday, now i'm just terrified of someone killing her or of a wild animal getting a hold of her. I looked through my neighbors yard today with no luck, but we have reason to believe that she is going to be laying eggs. Our one neighbors yard is the easiest yard for her to get to, and I have not spotted her in any of the trees so i am hoping that after she lays her eggs she'll come back looking for food and heat. This might be florida but its getting quite chilly lately =(

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  2. Don't give up hope! She is probably close by and it sounds like she escaped because she wanted to find a place to lay her eggs. Put out food and be ever so vigilant. Check the same trees from all angles. And look on the ground more often being that she may be looking for a spot to dig in.Put out her faves? Bananas? Bread? Best of luck, my heart goes out to you.

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  3. Well its been 2 days and my igunna is lost in my house i try to let him out as often as possible but this time he got away and know after carefully searching the room i lost him.He is ,no doubt about it, sqeeezed under the door and is somewhere around the house becoues i carefully looked everywhere under the bed in the dark coners in all the dressers so im guessing he got out i did leav some food around the house to see if hed eat some but still no luck CAn some1 plzzz tell me how i can draw him out becoues i dun want to find him dead somewhere in a couple of years i willing to go to any extreme to find him??

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  4. Anonymous! If you had left some contact information I could have contacted you. I hope your iguana was found... :(

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  5. i wanted to stop by and say that i found my igunna and hes in perfect health now. It took me about 1 week but after tearing up my hole house ,infact i even took 1 hole day to take every single last thing out of my house but i still had yet to find him. turns out he was in the attic the hole time. Had no idea how he got up thier considering the only way up thier is through a ladder that i have to pull down. but anyway i found him and hes safe and living well. Oh and sorry for not putting my information but if you want to contact me heres my email
    nicholas_esteves@yahoo.com and love your ideas, really helped me with my igunna.^^

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  6. I was sitting in my room yesterday chilling with my lil buddy Blue the door to the room was shut their was no way out. he was on the shelf behind me when i started the movie half way through the movie i noticed he was missing. I didn't think anything of it because he has done this befor, I usually found him in hiding places like the top of my blinds. my closet shelves, once in my leather jacket. anyways i was looking for him for awhile than thought he might come to his tank for food, so i went downstairs and shut the door behind me and brought it back shutting the door again, watched another movie till my boyfriend got home. so 2and a half hours went by and he walked in the door i told him blue was hiding and we needed to find him.
    so we ripped the room apart searched every were. no blue:( i was so upset i was in tears. i knew he was shedding real bad so i started looking for his skin. found a trail of stomic and leg stin out of my room (some how he had sliped out when i went to feed him or came back in) my boyfriend noticed that glass door was open about 6inches the screen door behind it was closed but the skin led to the door, but no blue. so i got down on my hands and knees and looked close at the screen(usualy if he climed sceen he left marks on it) that was wen i noticed a rip that was not their the other day i feared the worst and i had good reason to.
    i walked out onto the balcony and found a full foot skin on the deacking. now he is outside i am so worried for him i have not been asleep since it happened yeasterday. i put a heat lamp outside hanging from a tree to try and atract him for the night and been searching with bunoculars all afternoon and evening yesterday. we live in the great canadian north and right now its about 60 degrees. i am so worried about him:( as soon as the sun rises i plan to go and try and bait him throwing strawberrys and lettus and beans around the property. is their anything else i could try?
    i cant inform nabours cuz are closest one is a good 5acres away in 2 directions then behind us their is 100 or more of crownland and in front is the road and then more crownland. anything you can think of that i havnt please let my know my email is raztaz10@hotmail.com
    i am so worried
    thanks for the time
    rachael

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  7. Hello iggy's mom,

    My husband and me left out of town and came home and when we got back our Iguana was out of it's cage. We looked in every room closets, clothes, shower, under the bed, all frames, walls, and etc. And we still can't find her. But we are worried because when i was grabbing her water and food dish i noticed blood. And it's quite a bit for a small reptile but if you have any more suggestions me contact us at.

    P.S Thank you for taking the time to read this and responding back.

    Mark & Bertina

    Contact information
    shortymaravilla@yahoo.com

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  8. Our 6 month old went missing from the enclosure yesterday in the sunporch (In RI) yesterday 6pm... I left the Hibiscus tree inside w/ Heat lamp no avail....searching in main house (Attached) outside and sunporch/garage still no avail...placing all spare heatlamps around still hoping but he is only 14 1/2" =(

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  9. Aww, poor thing. Sure hope he shows up!

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  10. someone please help me.my iguana has tore through his screen and is loose on our three acres which has at least fifty trees.we have had him for six years.and he is five foot for inches.his room has his heater and lights and tree limbs everywhere.i have been looking in the trees and everywhere i can think of.he has never been outside,i got him as a baby.i am so sad.any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  11. That happened to me last Sunday,the 26th, escobar is 2 1/2 years old and 3 feet long. With so many trees I thought it would be impossible to spot him, specially cuz he is very green. I found him around 30 hours after he ran away, he was up 25ish feet on a tree, the tree was 200 yards from the our house. We think he wondered for a long time, jumping from tree to tree and finally got tired. So if you are positive he is out of the house look at the same trees over and over. I also read that lots of people take around 5 days to find there iguanas when they get lost outside. You will find him, don't give up!!

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  12. My Chloe went missing this morning. I put her outside to get some indirect sunlight. Her back leg is in a cast because it is broken. I went to check up on her and the bottom door was open. I am so distraught. I hope I can find her. :(

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  13. I am watching a very beloved iguana for a friend... they told me he would be fine in front of a screened window, but when i came home today he had torn through it. I found him, he he way up in the tree in front of my house. Now what do I do??? He appears to be settled in for the night but i have to get him out of there tomorrow! kimmyjones76@msn.com

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  14. So my boy baby iggy keeps on getting out his name is jet im12 years old and impretty scared hes going to get hurt were do they usually hide

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  15. Hi Marcus, did you find your baby Jet? E-mail me , IggGirl@gmail.com, if you need more help than this blog has provided. Check all tiny spaces and especially places up high.

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  16. my iguana has been missing for 4 days n its 3 or 4 feet long n doesnt bite i lost it in kentucky n if i dont find it il fry my brain with drugs till i die

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  17. I certainly hope you found your iguana and have not fried your brain.

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  18. Hi..my Iguana survived the Feb 28th tornado in a tree in the back yard for several days before i got her.. I then adopted her and two days later she got loose. I too searched my whole house inside and outside with no luck!! Now five days later we found her on the rod in my closet thus her name Houdini! she is 2 yrs old and almost 3ft long. She was cold and scared but we managed to get her back into her cage unfortunately now after 6 hours i still can't get her to eat. I know she has to be hungry!! Any suggestions?? Im really worried about her! Contact info jennglass75@email.com

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    1. Maybe shes still too cold or scared! Just leave out a big bowl of arugala for her! Lol or whatever kind of greens she likes best! And make sure thr temp. Is good!

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    2. I hope things improved for your iguana Houdini. She sounds like a survivor.

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  19. This is very helpful. Especially the part about them squeezing into small, dark spaces. I lost my iguana in my room a few days ago, and i searched the entire room, and my whole basement for 2 1/2 days. I just barely found him this morning, and he's doing just fine! :) I decided that before i gave up, I'd better check one last place. So after I woke up this morning I took my bed apart, and shined a flashlight inside the frame through a hole (the frame of my bed is a wooden frame with thick cloth stapled around it). There he was! He was just chilling out inside my bed the whole time! He must have run under my bed and found the hole, which caused his curiosity tendency to kick in, and climbed in. I just ripped off the fabric where I could reach him and now he's safe in his habitat again.

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    1. So glad you found this to be helpful! As Iguanas get bigger the disappearing act is usually more difficult for them, at least inside. :)

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    2. I lost my iguana

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  20. I lost my iguana just now , its not tame iguana , its wild one , im afraid if its too dangerous for us in the resident omg hahahaha

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    1. I wonder if you've found your wild iguana, lol. are you alive or did the iguana lick you to death ha

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  21. my iguana is lost in the house. I swear I have searched every spot. He always finds a new spot to hide. I'm so afraid for him because he's still small. How long can they go without food?

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    1. They can go quite some time without food but the water/dehydration could be a major issue. If you can, set out food around the house and bowls of water. If you can run the shower or the faucet extra, hearing the water might pull him out of hiding. how old is he?

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