Monster is a Green Iguana and was born in 1998. He was sold in a local Dallas
Texas pet store for only $12.95. He was picked out solely based on appearance.
Monster was the brightest iguana of them all and had the most spunk.
Unfortunately, both of those characteristics faded gradually the older he
Throughout his lifespan, his own habitat has taken a toll on his health. The
current light source, which was a valuable necessity, has burned and left minor
scars. The heat sensation felt so good he couldn't resist moving!
However, Monster was faced with a serious mite problem. After weeks of
treatment, he appeared to rid of the pests. Unfortunately, weeks later the
pests would return and resume their blood sucking diet on Monster.
It was later realized that the parasites were actually breeding in the habitat
even after numerous bleach cleansings and scrubbings. The only logical next
step was to construct a better habitat. The mites left permanent scarring and
ate away some of the spikes on his back. Through clumsy climbing, Monster has
dismembered 2 fingers. Besides that, the rest of his health is good.
By infections unknown, Monster had an abscess develop underneath his right eye.
The abscess was removed with surgery and Monster was under anesthesia. It took
the wound 3 days to heal and 20 days of antibiotic shots.
Throughout Monster's life, he has accomplished 2 incredible feats. He is potty
trained! After only two weeks of training, he has learned to defecate in a
water dish placed in his habitat. Originally, before he could roam freely
throughout the household, he had to wait in the bathtub and defecate before
venturing. With time, Monster eventually accepted water as a natural waste
management resource. He is currently in litter box training.
The second feat is truly remarkable. During an escape attempt, Monster's best
choice of action was to leap from a 3 story balcony as if it were an Amazon
tree. The landing surely knocked the wind out of him, which froze him for about
2 minutes. No physical damage was noticed. Not sure if there was any mental
damage, but there wasn't much brains there to begin with.