Originally Posted by calico2222
My boyfriend in college had an iguana, but he was more blue and white....the pet store we got him from (I know...
) said he was a rare breed. Have you ever heard of a breed that is more blue than green?
Several species of reptiles have slight variations in color depending on what regions they are from. In the case of green iguanas, yellow and blue pigments in the scales make green, slightly less yellow and you get a more blue looking lizard.
It's not particularly rare, and even if a baby iguana looks more blue then one of it's cages mates (say at a pet store) it could very well end up looking just as green within a year or so. Others can have heads that look more grey, white, or red after they mature (again, region dependent). Diet can also play a small part in vibrancy of any lizard, as does temperature and stress.
To the OP, good luck with the lizards. And if you've never 'handled' a healthy tokay before.... I suggest you don't.
I had one actually draw blood with it's bite.
But a helpful tip for flighty geckos, try to never grab them. If you just let them comfortably sit on your hand (tokay claws will itch when they clinch their toes on you), or slowly shuffle them hand to hand then you'll have less bites. If it jumps away from you or escapes, moving slowly and offering it a dark box to climb into is more effective then chasing it all over the place - learned that from all my goldens.