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How Care for Iguanas

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Iguana Care Tips

Taking on a reptilian pet may seem like a fairly easy task, especially when comparing the care associated with animals that roam free around the house, like dogs and cats. Unfortunately, many owners learn too late that the responsibilities are greater and more costly than expected. It is important to do a lot of research before bringing a small reptile into the home. Remember, these animals are not meant to be domesticated, so there are very specific conditions that must be met in order for them to live long and healthy lives. Before deciding to take on the responsibility, it's a good idea to do some reading about iguanas to make sure all the necessary diet and climate issues can be accommodated. 

  • Do not like to be touched. Unlike other pets that welcome the human touch, iguanas feel intense levels of stress when handled. Do not be misled into thinking that it can learn to enjoy a nice pat on the back. Petting may result in a good whip by the tail.
  • Diurnal creatures rise with the sun. Most reptiles are nocturnal, but iguanas keep the same schedule as human owners. This is a benefit for kids who will enjoy observing them scamper and play during daytime hours.
  • Expensive pets to acquire and maintain. In addition to the cost of the lizard, the large glass enclosure it requires is not cheap. Furthermore, they need to live in a temperature controlled environment with costly bulbs to provide heat and light. And then there is the heft price tag of seeking care from exotic veterinarians since the normal doctors don't usually treat reptiles.
  • Take up a lot of space in the house. Full-sized iguanas can grow to almost 72 inches, or six feet long, and reach up to 20 pounds. The terrarium needs to be large enough for this huge lizard to move and play comfortably. If not, the pet iguana's health and wellbeing will be jeopardized.
  • Long-term commitment. These hearty reptiles can live to be twenty years old when cared for properly. With the proper diet and environment, iguanas in captivity can thrive for two whole decades.
  • Can eat food from your refrigerator or back yard. There is no need to shop for gourmet feed, live crickets, or other gross specimens to feed a pet iguana. They are herbivores, so any leafy greens or vegetables will do just fine. You can even pick flowers from outside to feed these plant-loving animals. This is just one of many fascinating facts that usually surprise new pet owners.

 

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