Iguanas are magnificent reptiles and possessing them means knowing them. Knowing about them will make caring for them so much easier. I strongly recommend doing your own research as sadly some pet stores will let you know what you want to hear in order to make”the sale”.
- I strongly recommend beginning your iguana out in a 20 gallon aquarium (or its equal). Before bringing him/her home, ensure the enclosure is ready for housing. Ensure your iguana enclosure has UVA and UVB lighting, heat lamp (I do not recommend”heat stones” as reptiles in general tend to stay on them and can burn), hide box (babies will conceal ) and a water container large enough for your iguana to completely submerge in (they love water).
- After bringing your iguana home, place it in it is already ready 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, higher 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). Use a UVB”black light” to accomplish this and put it on the other side of this”day” lamp.
- Don’t be alarmed if your iguana shy’s away from food for the first few days. This is quite common until acclimated to its new environment. It’s still vital to put 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). One flower to avoid is the azalea.
In its simplest form: 80% vegetables + 10% veggies + 10% blossoms = 100% nutrition!
- Keeping your iguana enclosure clean is quite important! If their enclosure is dirty, your iguana can become vulnerable to parasites. Parasites can and eventually will lead to illness or worse kill your iguana (s). If you see fecal matter, rotting food, or clouding in their own water, clean the enclosure immediately.
In conclusion, Mimicking nature is the surest way of keeping your iguana healthy and happy.
As time goes by, you won’t think that your once little lizard is now as long as you. Once your iguana matures, you’ll feel as if he/she is part of the family!
The last step is to locate a excellent exotic vet for your iguana. It’s wonderful to know that if something should go wrong, you have an exotic veterinarian who knows your iguana and what is needed to keep them happy and healthy.