Are You Missing An Iguana? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Are You Missing an Iguana?

Are You Missing An Iguana?

MEAD, Wash. - On Monday some employees at Country Homes Building Supply, on 4111 East Francis Avenue in Spokane, got a big shock when they found a 2-and-a-half-foot iguana sunning itself on a rock pile behind their building.

Of course, iguana's are not native to Spokane so they figured it was someone's pet that got away. The employees put it in a cardboard box and called Traci McDonald who runs Reptile Rescue in Mead. KHQ met up with her at the rescue Thursday.

McDonald said the reptile is in good health and has a full tail which is a sign that she's been kept indoors and therefore believed the iguana belonged to someone. McDonald also believes, the animal might be pregnant.

"She is scared, that I will tell you," McDonald said. "She is very tense in my arms. But once you get her out and start holding her for a while she does seem to relax."

By law, McDonald has to hold the iguana for 10 days, in case an owner claims her, and then is allowed to adopt her out. As of Thursday afternoon, no one had come forward.

McDonald told KHQ she's been running the rescue for more than 18 years and, in that time, has taken in more than 1,700 iguanas which have often been abandoned. In her experience, she said baby iguana's, or "hatchlings", start out small but often get too big for families.

"That's little Jeffrey's 12-year birthday present," she continued. "They don't realize they get this big and larger. They also need special care, they need a lot of patience. So when they get to that point, (families) get rid of them."

McDonald encourage people to educate themselves about pets before they buy.

At this point, it's still unclear if the reptile got loose or was let out on purpose.

If you're missing your iguana or would like to adopt her, she'll be available next Wednesday, June 29. Please Call Traci at (509) 218-3880.

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