Iguanas are magnificent reptiles and possessing them means understanding them. I highly recommend doing your own research as unfortunately some pet shops will tell you what you would like to hear to be able to make”the sale”.
Here are 5 quick and easy iguana care tips:
- I highly recommend starting your iguana out in a 20 gallon aquarium (or its equal). Before bringing him/her home, make sure the enclosure is ready for housing. Ensure that your iguana enclosure has UVA and UVB lighting, heat lamp (I do not recommend”heat rocks” as reptiles in general tend to stay on them and can burn), hide box (babies will hide) and a water container big enough for your iguana to completely submerge in (they love water).
- After bringing your iguana home, place it in it’s already prepared enclosure and let it settle in for a day or so. It’s imperative to allow your new addition to acclimate to its new surrounding. This can help”tame” your iguana making him/her more trusting and secure.
- Being a tropical to sub-tropical species of reptile, high humidity within the enclosure will be essential (80% or higher), as is proper temperature. Temperature during the day will have to be approximately 88 – 93 degrees (f). At nighttime, lower the temperature to 75 – 78 degrees (f). Use a UVB”black light” to accomplish this and put it on the opposite side of this”day” lamp.
- Do not be alarmed if your iguana shy’s away from food for the first few days. This is very common until acclimated to its new environment. It’s still crucial to set their food inside their enclosure. Start them out with finely cut romaine lettuce and red cabbage (they love romaine lettuce) for a few days. This will”break them in” and prompt them to feed.
*80% vegetables (clover, romaine lettuce, squash, green beans, peas, mustard greens, collard greens, kale and turnip greens).
*10% fruits (melons, bananas, grapes, strawberries, apples and pears). 1 flower to avoid is the azalea.
In its simplest form: 80% vegetables + 10% veggies + 10% flowers = 100% nutrition!
- Maintaining your iguana enclosure clean is quite important! If their enclosure is filthy, your iguana can become susceptible to parasites. Parasites can and eventually will cause illness or worse kill your iguana (s). If you see fecal matter, rotting food, or clouding in their own water, clean the enclosure immediately.
To conclude, Mimicking character is the surest method of keeping your iguana healthy and happy.
As time goes by, you won’t believe your once small lizard is now as long as you. Once your iguana matures, you’ll feel as if he/she a part of the family!
The last step is to locate a excellent exotic veterinarian for your iguana. It’s nice to know that if something should ever go wrong, you have an exotic veterinarian who knows that your iguana and what is needed to keep them healthy and happy.