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How To Care For A Iguana

Updated on December 11, 2009
Iguana's can grow very large and live up to 30 years. So be sure you really want a Iguana before you purchase one.
Iguana's can grow very large and live up to 30 years. So be sure you really want a Iguana before you purchase one.

How To Care For A Iguana

Iguanas are not that easy to care for and often die in captivity so you really need to do a lot of research and some careful consideration before you purchase a Iguana. Your Iguana will tn time grow to a quite large 4-6 feet so you will want to provide your Iguana with a cage to start with that will allow your Iguana room to grow. Its also very important to make sure they have the proper lighting and heat.

Your Iguana cage or enclosure needs to be in a area where it will get a lot of natural sunlight but it also needs to be protected from cold air rushing in open doors or windows. You really need a U.V.B. fluorescent light bulb in your Iguanas enclosure to provide U.V.B. light that your Iguana requires.

You need a heat lamp for your Iguana enclosure and the day time temperature needs to be 80-90 degrees with the nighttime temperature no lower than 70 degrees. You must have a thermometer in your Iguana enclosure and a automatic timer to turn the lights on at 8 AM and off at 6 PM. Your heat lamp has to stay on all the time but you can use a thermostat timer to have the day time temperature set at 80 degrees and the night time temperature set at 70 degrees and you will have a happy Iguana.

Below is a really interesting video all about Green Iguanas that everyone is sure to enjoy. How much do you really know about Green Iguanas. If you are thinking about keeping a Green Iguana as a pet you need to learn everything you can about the care and keeping of Green Iguanas.

Here's a really interesting video all about Green Iguana's.

Here is a Green Iguana baby. Yes they are really cute at that age but keep in mind that when full grown your Iguana will be 4-6 feet long and will require two people to handle at that size. Are you sure you want a pet Iguana when it grows up.
Here is a Green Iguana baby. Yes they are really cute at that age but keep in mind that when full grown your Iguana will be 4-6 feet long and will require two people to handle at that size. Are you sure you want a pet Iguana when it grows up.

The ideal enclosure for your Iguana should be 3 feet high , 6 feet wide , and 6 feet high with a large tree limb standing up right and secure so that your Iguana will have a secure object to climb on and exercise. You really should consider incorporating a small humidifier into your Iguanas enclosure to keep your Iguana healthy and happy.

Its very important to keep in mind that Iguanas grow really fast and you need to provide a much larger enclosure at first than what your Iguana needs because your Iguana is going to grow really fast.

And you need to make sure that your Iguana has the proper food. Iguanas are vegetarians and a wide variety of dark leafy vegetables will keep your Iguana healthy. Below is a list of what will probably be your Iguanas favorite foods. 

1. Watercress

2. Collard Greens

3. Mustard Greens

4. Alfalfa Greens

5. Dandelion Greens

6. Green Beans

7. Butternut Squash

8. Mango

9. Acron Squash

And from time to time you can give your Iguana a treat of grapes , strawberries and whole wheat bread.

You can also purchase and feed your Iguana a commercial Iguana Food which will have all the necessary nutrients and vitamins added to it for your Iguanas good health. Its also very important that your Iguana have a fresh supply of water changed on a daily basis or more often if the water becomes dirty. It really is best to purchase filtered or spring water for your Iguana especially if your available water supply has a high chlorine level. 

Iguanas are very territorial so you really need to keep one Iguana to a cage. You need to closely monitor your Iguanas nutrition and cage temperature so that you keep a healthy and happy Iguana. It is very important to keep your Iguanas cage or enclosure very clean. Your Iguana especially when it is small should have a box with adequate size hole where it can go and hide. As it grows and gets older this will not be as necessary. I keep a daily journal about my Iguana and how I care for it on a daily basis so I can keep track of its favorite foods and I make notes about my observations of its daily activities. This helps me in its care as I have something to refer back to.

Questions About Your Iguana

If you have questions about your Iguana or about Iguanas in general feel free to post them below and I will try to give you a quick and I hope helpful answer. Just post in the comments section below.

If you have Iguana questions post them now. If you have comments , suggestions or tips about keeping a Iguana as a pet post them now.

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      6 years ago

      I'm having trouble with my baby iguana. I've had him/her 7 months and most of the time he/she seems skiddish. Running from me, hideing. Sometimes he/she stays and lets me rub his back and kneck and sometimes his spines. Why does he do this? if someone could email me with more info, my email is Put Iguana in the subject. Thanks

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      7 years ago

      my iguana is about a foot long, do i still have to keep a bigger cage for him? the one i have now is like 2 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide should i get a bigger one now??? PLEASE COMMENT!

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      Billie Lengal 

      8 years ago

      My iquana's name is Fred (he had that name when I adopted him). He loves kale, tomatoes, mango, greenbeans and loves to give kisses. I raised two years ago and they got huge. I always adjusted their surroundings to their size. Fred is only a year and a half old, but shedding a lot. I think he will be huge in another year.

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      8 years ago

      Good information. People really don't realize just how high maintenance iguanas are. And I'm still amazed when people tell me they've been feeding meat or bugs to their iguanas.

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      8 years ago

      why would a iguana sleep in water

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      It's always good when they go to good homes. People don't realize how big they get and how aggressive they can become.

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      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes I have been gave several after people got scared by how big they do get and the time required to care for them. Luckily so far I have been able to place them all in good homes. People need to realize that the 1 foot Iguana bought at the pet store will grow and grow. I have two that are over 5 feet and I would say most people would be afraid to care for them at that size.

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      Iguanas are the most thrown away and released pet. People buy them small and young, and when they quickly start to grow, they're generally released. People need to research before getting a pet for sure.


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