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Iguanas -- What Are They?

Iguanas are considered as a relative of lizards. They are among the exotic
animals that are kept as pets by some people in the present-day society. In
fact, there are many pet shops now that sell iguanas at a fairly low price. The
iguanas that are usually sold in these pet shops are those that are quite young.
People see these iguanas as very cute that they become interested in keeping
them as pets. But the fact is they are still reptiles that has the tendency to
grow bigger and bigger and can become very aggressive.

Iguanas can be a good pet but you should not forget that like other pets they
need proper feeding and care. To understand the proper way to care for iguanas,
it is important that you have knowledge of the basic nature of iguanas, their
feeding habits, their habitat, and other issues relevant to their existence.

What is an iguana? Are they similar to lizards? What are their characteristics?
Are they harmful? Iguanas belong to the family of lizards. Specifically they are
a member of the family Iguanidae. They are deemed to be invasive species that
are mostly found along the shores of Gasparilla Island and the coastline of the
gulf of Florida. They are commonly seen in the beach and attics of houses. But
generally speaking, iguanas thrive best in the wilds especially in deserts and
rain forests.

There are various species of iguana. They normally vary depending on the
environment in which they live. Some iguanas dwell in dry lands while others
grow best in rain forests. Some are even found in the sea. These iguanas are
called marine iguanas. There are also iguanas that are called as green iguanas.
They are very common in Mexico and the South American countries particularly in
Brazil. By and large, iguanas are classified into four major kinds namely:
marine iguana, green iguana, blue iguana and lesser Antillean iguana. In terms
of the food they eat, iguanas are known as herbivores. They feed on leaves,
fruits, and other parts of plants.

Iguanas have different features and behavior. In essence, a male iguana looks
and acts in a different way compared to a female iguana. In terms of
territorial behavior, a male iguana will fight tooth and nail with other male
iguanas even if their life is at risk. They do this to win supremacy over the
territory. A male iguana will find other males and wage in war. Just like
humans, the male iguanas have ego, they want to be the only powerful male iguana
in a certain territory. They seek out for other males to declare war and mate 
with females.

Hence, there are other things that you have to know about iguanas. These
include the fact that iguanas are arboreal. They dwell in trees and it's just
natural for them to climb on some stuff as well. They lay eggs and they can
stay alive for 30 years.

All in all, if you want to keep an iguana as a pet, you have to take into
consideration the do's and don'ts of caring for them. The cage of your pet
iguana should be cleaned well regularly. And also the cage must be very big. In
addition, you have to take into account that your pet iguana should have the
appropriate kind of lighting, supply of heat and water. They should be fed on a
daily basis. It is important to feed them properly so as to keep them on good
physical shape. And most importantly, the iguana should be taken to the vet for
a checkup at least once a year. When you have understood all these things, then
you're ready to house an iguana.

Information about Iguanas that can stop you from getting one

Having some basic information on iguana will make your decision whether to take
one or not. Take note that having them as a pet is not because it is what your
friends have. You should not only make the wrong assumption of thinking that it
is the easiest pet to take care of and to have around.

Below are some informations that will help you decide why you should NOT have
iguanas in your home.

1. Iguanas are not cheap.

The minimal amount that you pay for an iguana is only the beginning. What
follows next are the series of equipments and accessories that is needed in
caring for your iguana. There is the special cage with special lighting
installed to keep its body heat.

You will also need some shelves for them to climb on and a timer to monitor
changes in temperature. Feeding them is also a consideration. You need to buy
green and leafy vegetables that are rich in calcium and vitamins to keep them

If you do not have the budget set aside for these things, then you should
consider against having one as a pet.

2. Iguanas are not low maintenance pets.

They may look small enough not to cause you trouble or problems. That is just
their appearance. As miniscule as they seem, they also need to be handled with
care and given proper treatment just like any other pet.

Their places needed to be washed and cleaned. You also need to tame them
yourself so that your iguana will grow up disciplined and manageable.

These things should be done on a daily basis so that the iguana will be trained
early on. In addition, you may find it difficult to tame them once they are
bigger and restless already.

3. Iguanas are not "huggable".

You cannot hold your iguana in your lap and cuddle with them like you do your
cats, dogs or rabbits. Although you can put them in your shoulder or hold in
your arms, you should adhere to some restrictions that will prove vital to your
health and well being.

This is especially if you do not have a tamed iguana. Chances are, they will
bite or scratch you at the first sign of contact.

4. Iguanas are not sociable.

Notice that no matter how much you try, you will not be able to build rapport
between your iguana and other pets in the house. This is because iguanas
consider other animals are enemies. For them, these animals are predators
waiting to eat them up.

Since iguanas are not as big as any other kinds of pets, there is a big
possibility that they might be stepped on or squashed when other pets start
playing around in your home. That is why you find these iguanas all by
themselves in a quiet and dark corner.

5. Iguanas are not the kind of pet for small children.

Do not agree with your child if ever they decide to have an iguana for a pet.
This is because these reptiles are not suitable for minors who do not know
about proper handling and caring.

Stick to dogs or cats if ever your child is not big enough to understand what
iguanas are like as pets.

So, what information about iguana is stopping you?

Interesting Facts about Iguanas

Here are some things you might want to know about iguanas:

1) They are better suited to eating plants -- some sources still continue to
say that iguanas are omnivores. To say that iguanas will benefit from eating
both plant and animal products would be mistake. This is because the metabolism
of the iguana is better suited to absorbing plant proteins. The proteins found
in animal products are just too complex to be properly utilized by iguanas.
This means that not all proteins can be absorbed by their bodies as nutrients.

So what happens to the unabsorbed proteins? Well, it is usually stored as uric
acid. This uric acid can have very harmful effects on your iguana. A build up
of uric acid can cause gout. Getting rid of animal protein can also be very
hard work for an iguana's kidneys. This means that feeding animal products to
your iguana may cause it to have kidney problems. This shortens the iguana's

2) Iguanas can be trained -- many people think that iguanas are stupid animals.
However, people who own iguanas can actually attest to the opposite. A pet
iguana can be trained to do many different things. Some people have
toilet-trained their iguanas. Other people have trained their iguanas to do
different types of tricks. Some iguanas can even find their way home!

These feats attest to the fact that iguanas are far from stupid. Sometimes,
people just tend to judge other creatures as being lower than them.

3) They can grow up to six feet long -- most people think that iguanas will
always fit their cages. However, when an iguana is properly taken care of, it
will grow up to six feet long! This means that you will have to prepare a
habitat that can accommodate an iguana's growth. Some people may not be able to
immediately provide a large enclosure for a six foot iguana. However, you should
realize that an iguana will grow to that size and so you must always plan ahead.

4) Iguanas are arboreal -- Wild iguanas spend most of their time on trees. What
are the implications of this? Well, an iguana owner has to simulate an iguana's
habitat. This means that you need to put some climbing materials on your
iguana's enclosure. Of course, you don't have to put real trees inside the
enclosure. However, you should consider placing a post or something that your
iguana can climb on.

5) Iguanas need sunlight -- some people think that artificial lights are good
substitutes for sunlight in an iguana enclosure. However, what you need to know
is that iguanas need sunlight not just for the visible light. An iguana utilizes
UVA and UVB light in absorbing nutrients properly. This is because the UVB light
triggers a chemical reaction in an iguana's skin which helps it make the vitamin
D3. This vitamin is used to properly process calcium in the bloodstream.

These are just some of the little quirks that you may want to know about
iguanas. As you can see, taking care of an iguana is not an easy task. In order
to take proper care of an iguana, people should learn as much about them as
possible. By taking these little details into consideration while caring for an
iguana, you would assure the continued health of the iguana.

Man's New Best Friend: iguanas

Dogs are man's best friend.

That's what we usually hear.

But would you believe if I tell you that iguanas can be your best friend, too?

Sure, we've heard a lot of stories about people treating dogs, cats, birds, and
fishes as best friends. But how many would want large reptiles like snakes and
lizards as best friends?

If you're an ordinary pet owner, you might take a rain check on taking care of
an iguana. But you'll never know the joy being felt by those who dared to live
up to the challenge.

Let's take a look at some of the reasons to have an iguana as a pet:

1.  Iguanas are vegetarians.

If you're a pet owner, chances are, you have to go to a pet shop and buy food.
It's bearable if you have to buy only the simple dog food or cat meal, but what
if you have to buy mice? Or worms, cockroaches, crickets, and the like? Most of
the time you have to hold these tiny creatures and feed them to your pet -- may
they be affectionate or seemingly uncaring.

You don't have to go to a pet shop to feed your iguana. You can simply pick
greens from your garden or buy fresh vegetables from the grocery. Isn't that

2.  Iguanas usually hit it off with their owners.

Unlike some lizards and snakes, iguanas are known to interact with their loving
caretakers. Some would sleep beside their masters -- evidence that iguanas can
be very close to human beings.

Some are calm when held by their owners, but would twist and bite when held by
a stranger. Nevertheless, some are so tame that anyone can hold them.

Some iguanas would even allow their owners to dress them up in silly outfits.

3.  Iguanas live long.

We all would like to have a pet that would live very long since you're going to
invest emotion, not to mention money for food, medicine, and veterinary services.

While rats, hamsters, or bearded dragons may live only a few years, iguanas,
like cats and dogs, may live up to 20 years.

Actually, the oldest iguana on record lived up to 29 years!

4.  No hair or fur will stick to your clothes or worse, get into your nose!

If you're asthmatic, you very well know the difficulty of being around animals
that would make you sick. Iguanas, however, being reptiles, have none of the
fur and hair that would send you to the hospital.

5.  Iguanas are very educational.

Children will learn a lot when they care for iguanas. They have to know about
temperature, rainforests, animal husbandry, importance of proper care of
lizards, etc.

It maybe good to take note too that these lizards are distant relatives of
dinosaurs and taking care of them will provide children with a venue for study
of the prehistoric creatures.

Iguanas are good subjects for Show-and-Tell, research work, and the like as

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to become an iguana owner. Why not
live up to the challenge? Go to your nearest pet shop and get an iguana for you
and your family now!

Proper Iguana Care Tips

One of the most exotic animals that are kept as pet nowadays is the iguana.
Many pet shops do offer some iguanas at reasonable rates. Iguanas are now
considered as among the extraordinary favorite pets of people of all ages. They
see iguanas as cute strange pets, something weird and wonderful and out of the

Just like any pet, iguanas need proper care and attention. Now people would
think that it's just easy to care for a pet iguana, but it's not. There are
some important things you have to consider when housing an iguana. In fact
there are several iguana caring tips that you can find in the internet. These
tips usually come with iguanas lizards photos to make the discussion more
interesting and clear to the readers.

Some of the basic iguana care tips are discussed below:


A cage is needed to house the iguana unless you want them to roam freely in
your house. The cage must be large enough to house your pet. The size will also
vary based on the exact size of the iguana pet but the ideal size is up to 6
feet long. It is also important that there's a sufficient supply of water in
the cage, some stuff for the animal to climb on and a hiding place. The cage
should be twice the size of the iguana since they are considered to be
arboreal, meaning they love to climb.


Iguanas are herbivores. They eat different kinds of green leafy vegetable and
fruits as well. Basically, their diet should be composed of tofu at least twice
a week, lettuce, broccoli, berries like blackberries and raspberries, and
oranges. Fresh food and water is the foremost thing that you have to take into
account in taking good care of an iguana lizard. The water and food that should
be served to the iguana should be fresh at all times. Unclean water as well as
spoiled food can cause some health problems to the iguana that's why it's so
important to choose the right food for your pet. It's best to feed your pet
lizard early in the morning. This is in view of the fact that food in the
morning enables proper digestion.


The cage of your pet iguana should have proper heating. It is of high
importance that the iguana should be heated by a light or heat pad. Hot rocks
are not necessary for they can lead to the killing or burning of your pet
iguana lizard. The ideal heating for the cage is approximately between 80
degrees Fahrenheit to 92 degrees Fahrenheit. If the iguana is not heated
properly, it may lead to the iguana's food indigestion.


Proper lighting is also of the essence in caring for an iguana. Iguanas when
deprived with UV lighting usually become ill with a disease known as MBD or
Metabolic Bone Disease. It's important that your pet lizard is allowed to laze
around under the sun. The cage should have special fluorescent that are usually
purchased in pet shops that sell some pet supplies.


The cleanliness of your friend iguana is also of the essence. Your iguana and
its cage should be cleaned regularly. Proper hygiene of your pet should be
practiced so as to prevent it from getting sick. Iguanas are identified to be
carrying bacteria known as Salmonella. To keep your pet iguana safe from the
threats of these bacteria, it's best to keep them clean all the time.

Are You Ready for an Iguana Pet?

People think that iguanas make cool pets; they may be right. Some may have the
misconception that iguanas are low-maintenance pets; they would be wrong. As
with all pets, iguanas have their requirements. However, the main issue in
taking care of a pet iguana is not just your ability to provide the iguana's
needs. It also involves your qualifications.

So what does it take to have a pet iguana?

1) Love -- of course, you need to love your iguana in order to take proper care
of it. When you love your pet iguana, it naturally follows that you will do
everything to take good care of it. This is the basic requirement for an iguana
pet owner. This is because love lays down the foundation for all the other
things that you need to do or have in order to take proper care of your iguana.

2) Patience -- iguanas need a very long time to be tamed. You cannot expect an
iguana to begin behaving properly immediately. You need to be patient in order
to spend the amount of time required to properly train an iguana. You must
persevere in order to truly take care of your pet iguana. Remember that
patience is not just about riding out your pet iguana's bad habits; it is about
making the effort to train it properly.

3) Commitment -- we are not talking about a marriage. However, you need to be
committed to taking care of your pet iguana. Some people just buy an iguana on
impulse. During the first days, they might take proper care of the iguana.
However, as time goes by, they soon lag in their responsibilities and the
iguana is neglected. This, of course, leads to some serious consequences.

Before buying a pet iguana, you should realize that iguanas can live up to 20
years. Are you prepared to make a commitment for that length of time? If you
think that you can just sell an iguana when you're bored with it, you would be
wrong. You see, a sudden change of owners can affect the iguana very deeply. It
would adversely affect the iguana's health.

4) Finances -- taking care of an iguana can be very expensive. You need to
provide food, a spacious habitat, and other supplies that are necessary to a
pet iguana's well-being. You will also have to spend cash for regular trips to
the veterinarian. Can you do that? Remember that buying the pet iguana is only
the first step. You need to spend money to take care of it too.

5) Willingness to learn -- some people jump at the prospect of buying a pet
iguana without first thinking about the things they need to do in order to take
proper care of an iguana. If you are planning to own a pet iguana, you should
have the willingness to learn how to properly take care of them. This means
that you have to make the effort to read up on iguanas and how to take proper
care of them. 6) Time -- you need to have available time in order to take
proper care of a pet iguana. This does not mean that you need to have time to
feed it and clean it. You need to spend some time to play with your pet iguana.
This will definitely help the health and well-being of your pet iguana.

Pet Iguanas: What can You Expect from Them?

Nearly thousands of people are currently keeping pet iguanas in their homes.
But then certainly, there are a few valuable information to note of when
intending to keep pet iguanas. The pet stores give pertinent information to the
buyers of these reptiles especially when it comes to their behavior, caging,
lifestyle, and diet. The internet also hosts the most worthy information about
taking care of pet iguanas. So if you are a budding owner of pet iguanas, this
article is just for you.

Iguanas are the most popular lizards that are taken home to be pets. They rank
to be among today's pet "fads". They are even sold in the most affordable
prices in several pet stores. They are not that difficult to take care of but
of course they are to be highly maintained. Things such as veterinary
medications, feeding techniques, caging tips, and many others are among the
most particular things to consider when getting pet iguanas. Yes, the pet
iguanas must be properly caged and well-fed so as not to risk their long life
span. They become very huge that owners may think they will be hard to tame,
feed, and control. At times, the bigger and matured iguanas can become really
aggressive. They may also attempt several times to escape.

So what should you expect from a pet iguana? Obviously, what you need to give
your pet iguana is sufficient tender loving care. Aside from that, you should
also maintain right sanitation within its cage. You must be careful to handle
your iguanas especially when there are children, pregnant women, elderly
people, and not yet immunized individuals that try to be in contact with your
pet iguanas.

Which iguana will be right for you to take care of? The "Iguana iguana" or the
rainforest green iguana ranks to be the most-sought after pet iguana by many
people. These plant-eating lizards find solace in the shrubby places. If you
intend to have them as pets, you must create a homey environment for them. It
will be utterly significant to provide branches that will allow them to bask
under the heat of the sun that will be allowed to enter into their housing.
More so, alternative heat sources can be utilized. You just have to be careful
not to let your pet iguanas reach the bulbs and other heater devices or else
they will get burned.

It is also important that you know of its digestive makeup. The iguanas are
known to be Hind-Gut fermenters which mean that their lower intestinal tracts
play a major role for their survival. Such digestive tract is held to be
responsible for the production of the fatty acids, water reabsorption,
vitamins, and many others. Malnutrition and uncleanness often result to
sickness and death of the pet iguanas. Overall, you must learn how to cater to
the food and habitat needs of your supposed to be pet iguana.

Like any other living being, the pet iguanas have their own taste preferences.
They may or may not like certain foods that you will give. It is better to
study the overall profile of your pet iguana so that it can live its life to
the fullest. Having pet iguanas will give you some time to understand how
animals of these species react and behave. Their existence actually lies on
your own hands.

Facts about Iguanas: Things You Need To Know

How you ever wondered what make up the body of an iguana? Now if you are
interested in taking care of one iguana, you better take heed and take into
account these vital facts about iguanas.

The term iguana is usually used to refer to all types of the members of the
lizard family branded as the Iguanidae. As a general knowledge, the iguanas
possess powerful but short limbs added up with their sharp claws. These claws
are utilized for digging and climbing. Yes, they do love to climb that is why a
set of branches for climbing must be set up in their tanks. The strong tails are
used for their defense mechanism.

They whip it in the air especially when a predator corners them. Their tails
are likewise used for swimming. The dewlap is a huge flap of skin that is
contained on the sides of the body particularly in the areas of the throat of a
male iguana is used to either intimidate a predator around or to impress another
female iguana. The dewlap also functions in the regulation of their body
temperature. Furthermore, the iguanas also contain some crest of very soft
spines that lineup the middle part of their backs and necks. Relatively, the
male iguanas have longer spines in contrast with the female iguanas.

By means of size, the male iguanas appear to be bigger. They have bigger heads
and brighter body colors compared with the females. The body of the male iguana
is much distinct during the time of the breeding season. Physically, both the
male and the female iguanas contain twelve up to thirteen pores underneath the
sides of their thighs. The pores are the ones which secrete the waxy substance
which they use in marking their territories and identifying each of them. When
the male iguanas mature, their own femoral pores come to develop some outward
projections which they tend to use in the copulation strategy to take a grasp
of the female iguana.

The skin of the iguana is filled with very minute scales. They are unable to
change their skin colors just like the deed of the chameleons but when they get
exposed to light, some parts of their skin become darker in color. The young
iguanas appear to be colored in pale green alongside with black ringed tails.
As they grow mature, their colors turn out to be more earthly colored which are
usually darker especially in their bodies and tails.

Back in their natural habitats, the iguanas appear to be wary since they always
feel that danger is beside them. They could always be spotted running and
hiding. They make full use of their accurate vision, keen sense of hearing and
smell so that they could better ensure their own survival. They may appear to
be clumsy at times but then the iguanas are great swimmers and tree climbers.
They usually bask in the morning atop the trees and they can jump into the
water anytime they sense danger.

Mating fro the iguanas occur in the months of January to February. The female
iguana tend to get pregnant for two months and then by the time laying the eggs
come, the female iguana digs in the soil or sand to deposit the eggs which range
from 25 to 40 eggs. After two weeks, the hatchlings are ready to come out into
the world.

The iguanas could be great pets provided that you know how to take care of
them. They are inherently high maintenance. But then everything will pay off if
you just learn how to care for your pet properly.

Types of Iguanas: Getting to know them

Iguanas basically belong to the lizard family called Iguanidae. Their most
common characteristics include elongated tails, eyelids and four rambling legs.
Like most reptiles all types of iguanas are cold blooded and can reach a life
span of up to 20 years.

Iguanas are naturally found in Mexico and The Central and Southern part of the
Americas and some are found in the Lesser Antilles Islands, Hawaii, Florida and

Most type of iguanas are arboreal which can be found on living on trees but
some also inhabits the desserts, rocky terrains and even near sea side caves
which are called the marine iguanas.

There are basically eight types of iguanas within the Iguanidae family. The
Genus Cyrclura, Genus Amblyrhyncus, Genus Conolophus, Genus Ctenosauria, Genus
Dipsosaurus, Genus Sauromalus, Genus Brachylophus.

The Genus Cyrclura is also commonly known as the rock iguana which can be in
most parts of the Caribbean Islands, these types of iguana are under the
protection of endangered species so they are scarcely sold or traded but if
ever you find one on a shop they are mostly captive bred.

These types of iguanas, the Genus Amblyrhyncus are known as the marine iguanas
or the Galapagos Marine Iguana.

These types of iguana is the most hard to be reserved in confinement for the
reason that they feed on a diet which is basically close to impossible to
produce commercially which is the Marine Algae.

Genus Conolophus, these are the closest relatives of the marine iguana. This
type of iguana is also called the Galapagos Land Iguana they basically feed on
plants and cactus.

Genus Ctenosauria this are mainly called the spiny tailed iguanas and are
native to Mexico and Central America. They are small compared to other iguanas
because they can only grow from 5 inches up to 35 inches.

The most outstanding feature of this creature is the large scales on its tail.
They are grouped as omnivores which basically feed on fruits and flowers as
well as small insects.

Genus Dipsosaurus consists of the dessert iguanas of the Southern America and
Mexico. This kind of iguanas is full-bodied with an apex of elevated and
expanded scales on its back.

They have cream to white colored bellies and are spotted with white dots and
stripe colored tails. They can grow up to 15 inches long with a tail that is as
twice as long as its body.

Genus Sauromalus is also known as the Chuckwalla which is a robust herbaceous
iguana commonly found in United States and Mexico. These types of iguanas are
strict vegetarians they confine themselves with eating only fruits, leaves and

Chuckwallas have skins that hang loosely on its fat body; they love heat and do
not basically moves in the morning until the heat reaches a hundred degrees.

To shove of the extra heat they either change color to reflect the suns heat or
hide in the shade. Chuckwallas is also good for captivity as a pet cause they do
not move that much.

Lastly the Genus Brachylophus or known as the Fijian banded Iguana which is
found in the island of Fiji and Tonga.

Iguanas nowadays are coined as endangered species and illegal possession of any
types of iguanas is punishable by law so be sure that if you want an iguana as a
pet, have it registered first in a legal process and consult some veterinarians
for some advices and guidelines in preparing to adopt an Iguana.

The Basics of Iguana Care

There are a lot of people who seem to adore the iguanas and they end up buying
the baby iguanas out of a spur of the moment decision. But then when these baby
iguanas grow larger than what they have expected at first, they cram as to whom
to give them to. If the iguanas are given the utmost care, they are likely to
grow really large. It is vital to know that the iguanas can grow to some really
large measurement, in fact, even larger than their containers. If you do intend
to keep an iguana under your care, it is relatively essential to know the
basics of iguana care.

The Selection of Iguana

If you intend to pick an iguana to be your pet, it is important to get the
iguana that looks active and alert. But make sure that your choice will also
get calmed especially when you try sticking your hand into its tank. The iguana
of your choice must possess bright and clear eyes, must be free from any sort of
abrasion, sores, scratches, and any from of marks, and should possess good
health. Ensure also that the iguana that you are to buy is not in any way
covered with feces that signify its dirty environment. A disgusting environment
means the presence of bacteria and the possible outbreak of a disease that can
harm the health of the iguana.

The Housing of the Iguana

For starters, the iguana can be kept in a tank that measures about 30 to 50
gallons. During its entire growth, it will be necessary to have a custom built
cage for your pet. It is important that the cage should be higher since iguanas
love to jump around. The cage bottom cover is also another important
consideration to dwell on. The cover can be an orchid bark, indoor or outdoor
carpeting, an artificial turf, a newspaper, or an alfalfa pellets. Remember
that wood chips or barks are unadvisable, as they tend to attract insects and
termites. Meanwhile, those cedar chips can be toxic too.

It is better that you set up some branches to allow the climbing sprees of the
iguanas. Take note that they are tree-dwelling lizards. The branches must be
able to hold on the size of your pet iguana. Hot rocks are likewise not
recommended as a substitute for the lighting of the tank.

The Heating Technique

Iguanas should be maintained warm so that proper digestion of their food will
be allowed. This technique will also save them from diseases. A good type of
thermometer must be placed inside the tank so as to monitor the temperature of
the house. There should be a basking spot that has a temperature of between
95-100 degrees F. One of the best heat sources that you can opt for is a
spotlight. Other options include the undertank heaters, heat tape, or ceramic
lights. Some recovering iguanas will need warmer temperatures especially at

The Feeding Scheme

It is important to be very careful with the food that you feed your iguanas.
The green iguanas are plant-eaters. Any kind of animal protein should not be
feed to them. They may like the pizza and junk food treats but these food will
do them no good and will henceforth subject them to kidney failures. Vegetables
must be given to them in minimal quantities. Spinach is a NO NO to them.

The diet required for iguanas are the food that contain high content of
calcium, vitamin D3, and low in phosphorous. The commercial iguana food can
also be made part of their diet.

Food and Shelter: The basics of proper iguana care

Iguanas are very popular pets. People who take iguanas as pets do so because
they may find iguanas "exotic". However, some people are put off by the fact
that iguana care can be very hard work. However, if you know the basics of food
and shelter for iguanas, then iguana care can actually be quite easy. Here are
some things you should know about proper iguana care:

1) Food -- Iguanas are strict herbivores. Old books on iguana care still say
that you need to feed small insects to an iguana. This advice is backed by the
fact that some iguanas have been seen consuming small insects in the wild.
However, you should know that wild iguanas usually eat insects accidentally,
when some such insect lands on a piece of vegetable matter that the iguana is

Another reason why some wild iguanas eat insects is because of the fact that
they have nothing else to feed on. Sometimes, different factors affect the
vegetation on an iguana's habitat and so the iguana is forced to feed on

Why shouldn't you feed animal proteins to an iguana?

First of all, iguanas' bodies are made for maximum use of plant foods. This
means that they are not ale to properly process the high concentration of
protein contained ion animal products. The part of the protein that their
bodies cannot process often ends up as crystals deposited in the tissue. This
could lead to gout or kidney failure.

Proper iguana care requires that you try to keep your iguana on a strict
vegetarian diet. Some people think that their iguana's growth will be stunted
if they do not feed it any animal proteins. You should know, however, that
iguanas which are fed strictly plant foods will grow bigger and live longer.

2) Shelter -- this is the second consideration to take in proper iguana care.
An iguana owner should pay very close attention to the habitat because of the
simple fact that an iguana is cold blooded. This means that the iguana depends
highly on its environment for its survival. Here are some things to consider:

a) Temperature -- the enclosure for the iguana should have varying spots of
temperature. This is so that the iguana can regulate its body temperature by
moving between cold and hot spots. You should provide a basking spot for your
iguana that has a temperature ranging from 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

b) Size -- proper iguana care requires that you provide an enclosure which
gives your iguana plenty of space to move around. Some people might think that
iguanas require small habitat, but the fact is that an iguana that's properly
taken care of can grow up to six feet long! This means that you have to be
prepared for the future if you want your iguana to remain healthy.

c) Lighting -- iguanas need a source of UVA and UVB light. Now while iguana
care shops may have some artificial lighting which provides these, you should
know that natural sunlight is still the best for your iguana.

These are just the basics of proper iguana care. These tips should get you
started on taking proper care of an iguana. However, if you wish to truly
master the art of p[roper iguana care, you should definitely research more
about the subject.

Preparing the Iguana Nest

So as to ensure that the reproduction will go on smoothly, it is advisable to
place iguanas of the opposite sex together especially during the breeding
season. It is right to group the iguanas according to the size and ratio. There
should be one male and one or more females. The male iguanas are typically
smaller than the female iguanas because if the opposite thing happens, the
latter may end up killing the male during the mating.

You can likewise try out some media for the iguana nest you are creating. You
can try out the 100% potting soil wherein the eggs can be buried, the 50% play
sand and 50 % potting soil, or the 100% play sand which is much easier for the
female iguana to dig into and thus making it possible for the pit formation to
settle the eggs into. Also put in your mind that the iguana nest must be safe
for your pests. The environment of the iguana nest should make the reptiles
safe against the possible abrasions, scratches, and other injuries.

The nesting box must be durable enough to hold up to 200 pounds of the soil or
sand that you will include in the iguana nest. You can add up some tray planter
with the other end cut off so that there will be some sort of tunnel for the
iguana to play on. If you would like to use some cheaper alternatives, the
wooden boxes or plastic trash may do. Just ensure again the safety of the

It is important that you monitor the laying of the eggs of your pet. At times
not all eggs are laid which may result to some problem on the female iguana's
part. Do not interrupt when the female iguanas guard their nests. It is some
sort of mother's instinct too.

Iguana Nests: Important Bits of Information

The breeding of the iguanas which are taken captive has risen to several
controversies. This is said to actually limit the existing demands for iguanas
which are still imported from the iguana farms of the Central and South
America. Why not? The iguana pet owners will certainly provide the iguana nests
and initiate the breeding of the reptiles. But then, the iguana pet owners have
seen the brighter side of the matter. They are in truth making money out of the
iguana nests! The adult iguanas are being bred while the iguana babies are sold.
Today, the iguanas are sold in a very cheap price therefore giving the
impression that the iguanas are disposable pets.

There are the pros and cons too of having iguana nests and breeding the
reptiles. For one, the breeding of the iguanas is such a wonderful thing to
enjoy and experience. The mother iguana tries its best to be resourceful enough
to find a good place to lay its eggs and wait until they get hatched. With the
natural or artificial iguana nests, the mother iguanas settle their babies. As
a con to the breeding of an iguana, as the reptiles increase in number, the
more space the owner needs to house them. Feeding them likewise becomes a
problem. The control of the iguanas tends to be hard to be maneuvered
especially that they are already too many. Those who are only given proper
attention and nutrition are likely to stay healthy, fit and able to survive.

What is Rhinoceros Iguana

The rhinoceros iguana claims the Galapagos marine iguana as its relative. It
inhabits mainly the tropical dry forest of North America especially in the
Caribbean Sea and the island of Hispaniola. People have spotted a relative of
the rhinoceros iguana on the Navassa Island which is currently believed to be
already extinct. Most individuals refer to the rhinoceros iguana by its
scientific name which is the cyclura comuta. Let us look into the vital details
about the rhinoceros iguana.

Rhinoceros Iguana by Physical Description

The rhinoceros iguana is by all means a known powerful lizard. Its body is
crested with very firm row of spines at its back and it is also a stout one.
Its long legs make it walk while being elevated above the ground. The
rhinoceros iguana usually comes in a typical grey-brown hue. The male specie of
the rhinoceros iguana can grow up to 56 cm by length and 10 kg in weight.

The skin of the rhinoceros iguana is said to be rough since there are epidermal
scales on it. Large scales are on its head while some of these species have
horns which are perceived to be simple enlarged scales. The males are obviously
bigger than the females and are credited to contain bigger horns too.

Rhinoceros Iguana by Diet and Lifestyle

Iguanas are mainly vegetarians. They can be typically spotted devouring leaves,
flowers, seeds, and fruits. The diet of the rhinoceros iguanas varies based on
the season and the ontogenetic. At times they do eat land crabs, insects,
animal food, and carrion. The younger rhinoceros iguanas often take in small
insects and animals. When they take a particular bush or location as a main
source of their food, they are likely to defend it from other species of their
own kind.

Most of their time is spent eating and then basking under the heat of the sun
and at nighttime they do retreat into the burrows, caves, or into some hollow
trunks. The male rhinoceros iguanas are the ones that serve as the defenders of
their territories and can be found atop the tall trees and large rocks as their
sunbathing areas. The male rhinoceros iguanas also tend to be hostile towards
the rest of the male species and they are territorial as well. A signal such as
the head-bob is used by the rhinoceros iguanas in keeping in touch with one

Rhinoceros Iguana by Reproduction

The reproduction stage of the rhinoceros iguanas occur during the spring just
right before the rainy season comes in which particularly comes in by the later
part of May. The females start excavating their tunnels of about one meter in
length to fit in the 34 eggs that they will lay. Typically, the laying of the
eggs comes at the earlier part of August. After a period of six months, the
eggs start to hatch. The hatchlings take after their parents but are considered
to be more of tree-dwellers. Their maturity stage settles in after three years
and they could live up to about 30 years.

Like most of the iguanas alive, the rhinoceros iguanas regulate their body
temperature by means of the solar energy. Some people opt to keep the
rhinoceros iguanas for pets unlike the earlier days when more individuals love
to take these creatures as food.

Facts about the Rhinoceros Iguana

The iguana family is one of the thirteen species of the lizard family. Usually
they comprise the group of reptiles that belong to the largest species. The
popular iguana species are commonly found in Mexico, southward to Brazil.

Features of Iguana

The common iguana is green with dark bands that form rings on tail. Similar to
other reptile, iguanas are also egg-laying animal, cold-blooded with an
exceptional ability to adjust to their environment. Species like iguanas vary
on different colors, behaviors, sizes and their endangered condition in the

Different kinds of iguanas vary in their looks and acts. You might not even
recognize that they belong in the same family. Some iguanas are dull while the
others have a vivid and bright color.

Iguanas are found in different habitats so each one has its own unique
adaptation. Most of the iguanas are herbivores that eat flower buds, young
leaves and fruits. Some of them also eat the rare juicy mealworm and wax worm.

The Origin of the Rhinoceros Iguana

The rhinoceros iguana is also one of the popular members of the iguanidae
family. Its common name is rhinoceros iguana or rhino iguana.

This species got its name "rhinoceros" because of its horn-like shape that is
found on the head of the male iguanas. They are found mostly on terrestrial
like the rocky and dry areas. They are infrequently found in trees or in
forested areas. Rhino Iguana is much heavier than common green iguana but it is
not as long as the

The species is composed of large reptiles, heavy-bodied lizard with a
homogeneous gray body. The male has a three horn like protrusion on its head.
The common rhino iguana has a total body length of 1.2m or 4.5ft long and
weighs for about 10-20lbs or 4.5-9kg.

Rhino iguanas are omnivores, they eat a wide variety of vegetables as well as
small mammals, birds and invertebrates. They lie for about 15-20 eggs and
develop for approximately 75-100 days. Typically, rhino iguanas develop its
sexual maturity when it reaches its second to third year of its birth. The most
common rhino iguana lives up to 20 years or more and most of them dwell on dry
rock areas and savannas.

Most of the male iguana experience complicated courtship behaviors of head
bobbing and erecting the spines along the back. They normally quite timorous
and will flee when approached, but during courtship rhino iguana males are
aggressive. Female iguanas on the other hand have a horn-like shape but smaller
than those in males. Female rhino iguanas mate with several male rhino iguanas
and have the ability to hoard sperm.

Rhino iguanas are tremendously territorial and use their whip and long tails to
rip off predators or intruders. The rhino species has ability to re-grow its
teeth that were lost after a battle. Territorial battles of male iguanas seldom
come to full aggression, the subsequent face off can last for several hours.

Due to its population, rhinoceros iguanas are particularly susceptible to
environmental and man made disturbances. People in the islands often eat
iguanas as food because of their accessibility and somewhat poor economic
status in the island. Wide-scale release of iguanas in pet trades and zoos make
them protected. There are also wildlife organizations that protect the species.
Thus, they play an important role in the conservation of rhinoceros iguanas and
other species.

Red Iguana Facts

Facts about the Red Iguana

The Iguana family is considered the largest of the lizard families. The most
common are the green iguanas. But there are also some with colorful skin, they
are known as the red iguana.

One of the popular red iguanas is the Red sided skink. These are multicolored
terrestrial and semi-aquatic lizards that are native to the rocky steppes and
open forests habitat of Southern and Eastern Africa.

Today, these red iguanas are now the most common well-liked pet reptiles. They
are also one of the most purchased on some pet shops. Thus, these red iguanas
are now found in the garden and even inside the house.

Care and Feeding Your Red Iguana

Like any other pet, there are some requirements needed in order for the red
iguana to grow on its new environment.

1. Proper Housing

A red iguana can live in an aquarium with 30 gallons of water. Enclosures can
vary in shapes, sizes and styles, and are made out of glass or wood. The base
should be easy to clean. The most efficient to use is the newspaper, but
linoleum and artificial grass are also excellent options as well. Keep
enclosures away from soil, sand and bark, as these can lead to impaction or
obstruction if your iguana ingests them. It is also important to provide them
with shallow container for the food and water. These food and water dishes must
be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned regularly. It is also necessary to add
climbing materials such as twigs, barks, broad limbs and rocks.

2. Right Feeding

Iguanas in general are herbivores and should be given a variety of vegetable
and fruits. The bulk of the diet must contain green leafy vegetables such as
mustard greens, escarole, kale, and spinach. But it is also important to feed
them with limited amount of protein rich foods. You can also offer mixed
vegetable like green peppers, squash, frozen mixed vegetables and green beans,
and fruits like, bananas, mangoes, and apples. Like other pets, iguanas should
be fed everyday.

3. Appropriate Amount of Water

Water is the most essential needs of the iguanas, thus it should be readily
available. Normally, iguanas get water through the plant they consume, others
lapping water off wood or on the leaves. Exposing your iguana on your
environment early in the morning will avoid them from being dehydrated. These
iguanas provided with water dishes can train on their own to purge on their
water. So, it is important that their dishes are regularly cleaned to prevent
bacterial infections.

4. Grooming your Iguana

Like all pets, your iguana must also be properly groomed. Bathing is a good
routine to get your iguana used to. It is one way for your pet to obtain water
and cleanse themselves. Bathing should be done using lukewarm water in a
shallow container, at least 3 times a week. Always, aid your pet to avoid
accidents. Keep in mind that not all iguanas have fun during bath time, some
might panic.

5. Handling your Iguana

Iguanas should be handled frequently to discipline or tame them. Your pet
iguana can be trained to show fondness for those who handle them regularly.
They should be held 2-3 times everyday for at least fifteen minutes. Gently
stroke, their back and neck and get your pet reptile used to handling and
picking them up. Just keep in mind that iguanas can be aggressive by nature so
extreme caution is needed in handling your pet reptile.

The information above are some facts about the red iguanas that you must keep
in mind. Remember that the pet iguanas are also important and should be treated
with proper care.

More about the Red Iguanas

The iguana is one of the largest species of lizard families that consists of 60
different types with over 700 species. Iguanas have whiplike tails, curly tails,
swifts, and anoles. They are mostly America, specifically southern Canada and
South America, and in some on the islands of Madagascar and Fiji.

Iguanas range in type from the terrestrial to the tree dwelling arboreal type
and semi-aquatic type. The iguana can easily adapt to their habitat because of
its skills like the marine iguana of Galapagos Island that is an excellent
swimmer. The green iguana on the other hand likes to be in high trees of rain
forest. Others acquire adaptation to live longer in dry or hot deserts.

Iguanas that are forest and desert dwellers are mainly herbivores, eating
flower buds, young leaves and fruits while others are insectivore or omnivores
that eats juicy mealworm or wax worm.

Common iguanas are quite muscular, the legs and thighs are similar to frogs in
appearance. Their toes are delicate; there is a large multi jointed toe on each
rear foot that assists iguanas in climbing. They have claws that are extremely
sharp. Male iguanas have larger crest on their back compared to female iguanas.

Usually the mouth of iguanas is wide and with very sharp teeth. Their nostril
snorts out unwanted salts and possesses external ear drums.

But did you know that most iguanas have a third eye on top of the head? Their
third eye actually detects movements from above.

One type of iguana that has this feature is the Red Sided Skink. This type of
red iguana dwells on forest habitats and rocky steppes of Southern and Eastern
Africa. It reaches for about 8 inches long and like other reptiles they are
also egg laying, cold-blooded animals and can easily adapt to its environment.

The Red Skink Iguana eats mealworms and crickets coated with calcium and
vitamin power. It is important that they are given clean water, dark leafy
green and fruits.

These terrestrial iguanas spend their daily routines looking for foods but just
travel for a short distance. Also they are unable to travel to a more suitable
habitat and easily become fragmented.

The female red iguanas dig burrow in a hot sunny area where it lays their eggs
inside, cover it and then leave the eggs alone. An egg incubates because of the
warm temperature that stays a fairly constant of about 77 to 89 degrees
Fahrenheit. Usually, all eggs hatches at same time and the young iguanas dig
out of the burrow all by themselves.

Iguanas also go through courtship behaviors and they are usually quite timid
and flee if approached. But during its courtship, iguana males are quite

Unfortunately this kind of species are becoming endangered, the once copious in
the wild are now starting to disappear. The main reason is the loss of habitat
like deforestation, the existence of animal prey on iguanas and some were eaten
by humans like those iguanas that live in islands.

There are several actions and measures that can help iguanas from extinction,
such as strict implementation of hunting and collection, captive propagation in
places like zoos, and also education programs for people who lives near iguana

Today, Americans also take part in conserving the iguanas. They adopt them and
kept as pets. Hence, these iguanas are given with proper care and good habitat.

Puerto Vallarta Iguanas: Enjoy Seeing them while You're on Vacation

No idea of where to go for a holiday escapade? Why don't you try Puerto
Vallarta? Most people are desiring to enter the haven and paradise world of
Puerto Vallarta and you could be one of those aspirants! For one, there is the
Banderas Bay. The place is fit for sunbathing, snorkeling, and surfing. If you
love these activities then Puerto Vallarta is the best place to stay! There is
no need to worry about the facilities and accommodations because there are
inclusive condos and hotels all over the place. In Puerto Vallarta, you will be
communing with nature in a relaxing manner. There are colorful butterflies,
bountiful tropical flora, egrets, pelicans, scissor tails, geckos, and Puerto
Vallarta iguanas! When it comes to the enjoyable activities, Puerto Vallarta is
also rich with them. Golf courses and bars abound the area. With all of its
captivating sceneries, Puerto Vallarta has not only been once featured in
Hollywood movies! In fact, it was in the year 1963 when the place was taken to
center stage with the film "Night of the Iguana". You might as well want to
take a glimpse of the captivating place of Puerto Vallarta during one of your

A native Puerto Vallarta travel would be to take the local bus. The trip will
not be boring since there are drumming, tooting flutes, "bus-kers", singing,
and strumming on board that do the entertainment of the passengers. As you
reach your destination, you can settle in at a homey environment as offered by
the number of hotels and condos around the area. The Puerto Vallartans are very
hospitable in a sense that they will take care of you up to the utmost manner.
You can go bar hopping, go to galleries, listen to the music, surf, snorkel,
scuba dive, enjoy the lush beauty of nature, walk by the seashore, swim, tour
the caves, and see the Puerto Vallarta iguanas.

Because Puerto Vallarta is a place that is close to nature, the Puerto Vallarta
iguanas thrive in it. They can be seen thriving close to streams and rivers.
They can usually be seen atop the trees basking under the sun, eating fruits,
seeds, flowers, and leaves of the bushes, and then diving into the water
especially when predators aim at them. The Puerto Vallarta iguanas are fast
runners and splendid swimmers. Other habitats of the Puerto Vallarta iguanas
are the cacti, burrows, and shrubs. Beforehand, the Puerto Vallarta iguanas can
be spotted near the coastlines but since the time that the area has been
frequented by travelers and visitors, these reptiles had been forced to retreat
into the further sides of the island. They do love to bask under the sun because
they need to regulate their body temperatures.

For most of the visitors of Puerto Vallarta, they get inspired to keep the
Puerto Vallarta iguanas for domestic pets. When these reptiles sense an
oncoming attack, they usually strike its tail, bite, or scratch the enemy as a
way of its defense mechanism. Aside from this, they prove to be harmless to

Like other animals, the existence of the Puerto Vallarta iguanas are now also
at risk especially with the rate in the destruction of their natural dwellings.
The clamor of the Puerto Vallarta iguanas may be taken as the restoration of
their habitats so that they can enjoy their existence more.

New Pet Iguana -- Tame Them

Iguanas belong to the family of lizards. Like most reptiles, iguanas belong to
the cold-blooded animals whose body temperature changes with the temperature of
the air or water around it that is why iguanas have excellent capability to
survive to the environment.

Iguanas have a long, whip-like tails, eyelids, four sprawling legs, big mouth
and saw-like teeth. Iguanas are of different species. They may differ in
behavior, size and color which may vary from green to yellow. Some has a vivid
color, some has dull color. These creatures usually have a life span of 15-20
years in captivity.

Iguanas have its unique adaptation to its habitat. The Marine Iguanas are
skillful swimmer, the Green iguanas can usually be found in rainforest, and
others, like the desert iguanas have the ability to adapt and survive even in
dry and hot desert.

There are iguanas that are readily available in pet shops. These have gain the
popularity of iguanas for pet. It is challenging to own iguanas especially in
taming it. Unlike cats and dogs, iguanas are not domesticated animals. It takes
time before they become comfortable and tame. They have still the instinct and
behavior that help them survive in the wild even after years of captivity and

It is also very important when handling iguanas, to make sure they are
comfortable. Iguanas are sometimes territorial aggressive creatures. In taming
them, you need to be patient. It is best to handle them daily. In handling
them, do not swoop your hand from above them, they may think you're a predator,
remember these creatures are used to wild habitat. Instead, bring your hand to
its eye level and approach them slowly. Don't make any fast moves. There are
pictures of iguanas and how to handle them that may give you vivid picture on
how to handle them. Talking and whispering while you are approaching them may
also help. Handling your iguanas on daily basis and spending time with them
will gradually tame them. Understanding their body language and their real
meaning, like bobbing of their head, whipping their tail will help you interact
with your pet better.

There are highly debated topics when it comes to feeding or what to feed to
your iguanas. Iguanas are basically herbivore creatures. They eat leaves,
fruits and flowers. Improper feeding may result to death or sickness of your
pet. Iguanas are strictly vegetarian. Although there are books that say iguanas
can be fed other animal protein based foods. It is recommended for them to have
a varied diet.

Iguanas have saw-like teeth that they use to rip and tear their food instead of
chewing it. Clean and chop the food finely before giving it to them. It is
important for your iguanas to have strong and healthy bones. Providing them
with a wide variety fresh food that is high in calcium and phosphorous and
clean water is good for your iguanas' diet. Iguanas should be fed daily. At
least two leafy green each day.

The amount of food that you may give to your iguana depends on the size and the
appetite of your pet. It would be best to give them enough food that will last
all day and even leave food at night. You can also find tables of good food
that you can feed to your iguanas.

Reading up more information about iguanas, such as how to tame them, proper
training, handling and proper feeding them will help you successfully kept them
for years.

What are Marine Iguanas?

As its name suggests, the marine iguana is set apart from the rest of its
relative mainly because it has a unique attribute of being capable to forage
and live in the seawater. The marine iguana is in truth only to be found
thriving within the Galapagos Islands that is why its existence in the island
has branded the reptile the name "Galapagos marine iguana". The natural habitat
of the marine iguana is on the rocky shores of the Galapagos Island but they can
likewise be seen in the mangrove and marshes beaches.

Some people such as Charles Darwin describe the marine iguanas as the black
lizards thriving on the sea. But the truth is that the marine iguanas are not
usually black in color. The younger marine iguanas take the dorsal stripe color
whereas the adult ones are grayish. Their color may be really dull but there is
a reason behind this. Such color allows them to easily absorb heat right after
they emerge out of the water. Their food is usually the marine algae. They
expel the remaining salts from their nasal glands as they go on with basking
under the heat of the sun. The salt contained in their bodies makes their faces
appear whiter.

More so, the matured male marine iguanas have a varying color -- all of which
depend on the existing season. During the breeding seasons, the adult male
marine iguanas become teal-green or reddish in colors. Those thriving in Santa
Cruz appear in black and red brick while those found in Fernandina come in dull
green and brick red colors. Their sizes likewise differ which depends on the
island that they live in. Those found in the whole of Isabela and Fernandina
are the largest marine iguanas in the entire island of Galapagos. Meanwhile,
the smallest marine iguanas are to be found in Genovesa.

As said to be poikilothermic animals, the marine iguanas can only spend very
little time out in the cold sea whenever they dive for their algae food. Thus,
they commonly swim within the very shallow water of the island. After swimming,
they proceed to bask under the sun to have their bodies warmed up again. During
the cold days, the marine iguana cannot effectively move thus making them too
vulnerable for their predators. Since they cannot move fast, what they do is to
strike their tails up in the air and bite their enemies. During the entire
breeding season, the male marine iguanas mate with the females and likewise
guard them against the rest of the male reptiles. Moreover, the marine iguanas
adjust their sizes to be able to adapt to the food condition in existence.
There was a time during the onset of the El Niño when the algae decreased in
number so the marine iguanas actually decreased in their lengths too. When the
food supply started to normalize, the reptiles returned to their normal
condition. The marine iguanas are not as fast as the rest of its relatives.
When taken as pets, their predators become the dogs and cats. They can be
easily attacked by these predators since they are too slow and much tamed.

To date, the government of Ecuador has set up laws that aim to protect the
existence of marine iguanas. There are artificial nestling sites which had been
made in the smaller islands so that there will be lesser predators that can harm

Iguanas Ecology

What You Need to Know about Iguana Ecology

Iguanas, specially the wild ones are crucial part of the ecosystem; a slight
change in the population of Iguanas in the wild can harm the total balance of
the ecosystem. So when setting up your own pet house you need to know things
about the proper iguana ecology so that it can feel comfortable in your

One thing that you will probably notice is that iguana ecology is not an easy
task to replicate and the iguanas themselves are not that easy to take care of
too. Iguanas like most reptiles are solely dependant on their environment for
their most basic needs like heat and body chemistry. Iguanas use wavelengths of
light on its environment to aid with their metabolism.

These animals are very well-tailored to their natural habitat, which are humid
and warm environment which can be very different from the confined cells that
they are when in your captivity. So if you can provide an environment that is
conducive to live in for the iguanas they might get sick or even die.

Basically an iguana needs the following to survive under captivity: A large
cage or room is a crucial thing in your iguanas growth, you have to keep in
mind that a fully grown and properly cared for iguana can grow up to six feet
long. A large 55 gallon aquarium is barely enough in your iguanas first year

At most the minimum height of an iguana's cage should be six feet tall and
twice the length of the Iguana. Iguanas are know to be arboreal so they feel
much comfortable up on high places like a tree so be sure to include even just
a small branch on you cage for them to hang on. The total width of your
iguana's cage must be at least half the iguana's length.

The rule of the thumb should be the larger the cage the healthier.

A small cage can harm your iguana's growth and can even injure and stress them
out. They can even cause muscle weakness due to the small amount of space that
they can crawl in causing them to be stagnant on one place and build fat and
hinder the much needed exercise to burn them.

The room temperature should also be taken into consideration, a basking should
be provided with a temperature of ninety to ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit and
the air temperature should not be lower than that what they are accustomed to
which is eighty degrees Fahrenheit.

Proper room temperature aids the iguanas with their digestion process. On the
other hand, the inadequate supply of it can cause illness in your iguana's
digestive system.

Your iguana should also have a day and night cycle so you have to find ways to
provide heat without the lights on night times.

As you can notice, providing your iguana with the right kind of habitat is
crucial to its health and growth. These things that are stated about are a must
for an iguana to be able to survive in your captivity. Not being able to provide
this stuff may cause death to your pet. Just try to get the right information
about your iguanas need and everything will work out just fine. Having an
iguana pet is not an easy thing but it I surely an enjoyable sight to watch
your iguana grow.

A Society that Cares: The Green Iguana Society

How much do you know about green iguanas?

Here are some fast facts about these animals: 

*  Green iguanas are also called common iguanas.

*  They are so "common" that many people like them for a pet.

*  Though green iguanas are expected to be green, they may also be brown in

*  Iguanas are herbivores, eating fruits, flowers, growing spurts, and leaves of 
   trees, on which they usually live. 

*  They can be found in South and Central America, some islands in the Pacific, 
   and Florida, United States. 

*  If well taken care of, a green iguana in captivity can live for more than 20 
   years. The oldest pet green iguana on record lived as long as 29 years. 

*  Green iguanas are considered as a threatened species because its habitat is 
   slowly disappearing.

There are a lot of other things that one can know about the green iguana.
Bearing the information above and much more in mind, three individuals decided
to form an organization of online volunteers that will provide accurate
information, such as the ones above, to people who want to learn about the

And so, in the fall of 1999, the Green Iguana Society was born.

Green Iguana Society

The founders of Green Iguana Society had the following goals for the
organization's website:

*  It will be a venue for finding out how to feed green iguanas and how to
become an owner of one, as well as the kind of veterinarian one should consult.

*  The website will serve as a valuable and convenient source of information,
such that enthusiasts need not go through tons of reptile writings, or
frightened away by overzealous crusaders.

*  It will be an important provider of correct information anytime interested 
people need or want any information about the green iguana.

*  And last, but not the least, the website will encourage people to move toward 
improved caring for the iguana and a greater comprehension of the issues involved 
with owning one.

The website tackles many aspects of taking care of the green iguana. From
approved pieces of information and recommended products, myths and common
misconceptions, kind of food and feeding, health and safety issues, to
veterinarians and related societies, the website is indeed a reliable source of
information for the green iguana aficionado.

Some FAQ's

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about the Green Iguana Society:

*  Why should I involve myself with the Green Iguana Society? According to the
founders of the Green Iguana Society, through joining the organization, you
would put across the message that you love green iguanas, you want to keep on
learning on the subject of green iguanas and the kind of care they need, and
the ways by which you can help share your knowledge in caring for the wonderful

*  How much will it cost me to become a member of the Green Iguana Society?
There is no membership fee needed to be a part of the organization. Fees for
newsletters and other benefits may be sought later if there would be
adjustments in the level of membership in the future.

*  Will I be included in a list of members in the website? Years ago, the
founders of the organization started a listing of members in the website.
However, as the years went by and many people from all over the world joined
the Green Iguana Society, the founders were no longer able to keep track of all
those who took part in the organization's mission and had to remove the list of

*  How old should I be before I can join? You should be fourteen years old or
more in order to become a member of the Green Iguana Society. Thirteen year old
kids or younger may join the Kids Club however.

*  What should I do to join? The website instructs potential members to fill
out a form. You should provide as many information as you can and hit the Send
button. That easy.

There are still lots more to learn about the green iguanas and the Green Iguana
Society. Why not try to find out more? Do some Internet surfing now and be a
part of the society that cares!

How to Pick a Healthy Iguana

So, you've decided to get a pet.

But you don't know what kind yet.

You leave the comfort of your home sweet home and go to the local pet shop.
After looking at several types of dogs, cats, birds, and even fish, you
suddenly realize that you want something out of the ordinary; something that
would definitely turn heads.

You look around, wary that you might not find the perfect pet, when suddenly
you chance upon a tank or two of very green lizards with dewlaps hanging from
their chins. Some are just hatchlings, while others look somewhat old. You get
excited and want to know what the animals are. You ask the clerk or pet shop
owner about them. He/she tells you.

He/she also gives other interesting information, like the reptiles came from
Peru, Surinam, Honduras, Columbia, or Mexico; there are more than 700 species
of these animals; or the lizards are called "Bamboo Chicken" in some places.

You listen more and nod your head in agreement while telling yourself that you
must get this animal for a pet. At long last, you tell yourself. You've found
the pet of your dreams -- the iguana.

However, you want to make sure that the animal is healthy. You are not just
willing to spend your money on an animal that would die quickly. So, what are
you supposed to do?

The answer is easy: conduct a touch test.

The shop owner must allow you to hold the chosen iguana in your two hands. You
may use the finger of one hand to inspect the different body parts of the

What things do you look out for?

In terms of its common appearance, consider the following:

*  The skin should be firm, clear, clean, and free of bites and scratches.
   (Bites and scratches might get infected later on.) •  The stomach should 
   be free of burns. (Burns may eventually heal, but the skin would always be 
   very sensitive to heat.)

*  The stomach has no ground-in stool. (A dirty stomach indicates that the 
   animal is living in an unhygienic environment which can make it sick and 

*  The opening is free of dried stool and urine. (The presence of these shows 
   that the lizard might have parasites and protozoa in its stomach.)

*  The iguana resists strongly when its body parts are moved. (Weakness and 
   instability may be a sign that the lizard is injured or suffering from 
   calcium insufficiency.)

*  The limbs, tail, and the whole body have no lumps, bumps, or swelling. 
   (Cysts, infections, and fractures need veterinary treatment.)

*  The rear legs and thighs are shaped normally. (A swollen leg may indicate a 
   fracture; two legs or thighs, an insufficient supply of calcium.)

*  The limbs are sturdy and full while the body is smooth and vibrant looking. 
   (If the limbs are very thin, the lizard may be starving or dehydrated. If the 
   body looks wrinkled and dull, there may be bacterial or parasite infections.)

For its head, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, you may take note of the following:

*  The eyes should be clear. (If they are bleary, crusted, or weepy, there
   might be an infection in the respiratory system or inflammation of the eyes.)

*  The nose has no dried or wet mucus. (Dried or bubbly mucus is an indication
   of infection in the respiratory system.)

*  The insides of the mouth should look healthy. (Infections would cause rotting 
   of the insides of the mouth.)

*  The jaw is not swollen. (If it is, then, the animal might have a metabolic

*  There are no swellings or lumps on its face, dewlap, or neck.
   (Swellings may indicate abscesses.)

In terms of behavior, observe the following:

*  A healthy baby would try to get away. •  An unresponsive iguana in your
   hands may be extremely ill.

These are just some of the things you have to look out for when buying a pet

Now that you know how to spot a healthy iguana and you have already spotted a
healthy one, you leave the store with a smile on your face. It will not be an
easy job to raise your newly bought iguana, but it is sure worth a try.

Get Acquainted with the Green Iguanas

The green iguanas or those which take the name of "Iguana iguana" are commonly
found all over the South and Central America, in Mexico, in the southeastern
part of Brazil, eastern Pacific, and the Caribbean. Breeds of the green iguana
are now also spotted in Hawaii and Florida. The green iguana is popularly the
largest type of lizard that happens to inhabit much of the territories of
United States.

The Physical Description of the Green Iguana

In a matter of three years, the young twelve-gram green iguana can turn into a
one kilogram adult green iguana. Right after they get hatched, their length
varies from 17 to up to 25 centimeters. Most of the well-fed matured green
iguanas come to weigh at about 4 and 6 kilograms but at times they reach the 8
kilogram weight.

The term green iguana does not stereotype these reptiles. The matured iguanas
come in uniform colors whereas the younger ones vary between brown and green.
Their colors can also get affected by their health, mood, temperature, and
social statures.

One of the distinct features they have is the dewlap that can be found under
their throats. The dewlap is much dominant in the male green iguanas rather
than in the females. The laterally positioned eyes of the green iguanas are
being protected by some immovable eyelids and mobile lower eyelids. The
parietal eye functions as some kind of a meter for the solar energy and
contributes much to the maturity of the endocrine and thyroid glands in these
reptiles. Lastly, the plates or scales on their heads are much irregular and
larger compared to the scales found on the rest of their body parts.

The Habitat of the Green Iguana

Arboreal lizards -- these are what green iguanas are and they therefore enjoy
living on top of tree canopies. The younger green iguanas tend to stay in the
lower portions but the matured ones like it high above. This kind of dwelling
technique allows them to do basking in the sun and they rarely go down with the
exception of the time when the female green iguanas deem the need to dig their
burrows so they can lay their eggs. They still prefer to have water around
their habitat so that they can easily escape the predators who love to attack
them. They are great swimmers so they most of the times successfully manage to
avoid their predators.

The Development of an Iguana

Right after an estimated 65 days upon the mating period, the female green
iguana is now ready to lay her eggs. The number and size of the eggs depend
upon the size of the female iguana. Within a three-day period, about 10 to 30
pale-colored eggs get deposited into the nests. Other nests can be shared by
many female iguanas especially when there is a very limited space for them.
Actually, the female iguanas do not guard their nests but they do visit their
eggs from time to time. The incubation for the iguana eggs last from about 90
up to 120 days. The hatchlings are the ones that crack their egg shells open by
making use of their special egg teeth which are known as the caruncle. The yolks
in the eggs are the providers of nourishment for the young iguanas.

Iguana Tattoo

Some Things to Consider before Getting an Iguana Tattoo

When you're thinking about getting an iguana tattoo, you should definitely try
and ponder the implications of it first. Here are some factors to consider when
you want to get an iguana tattoo:

1) Symbolism -- iguana tattoos and other types of lizard tattoos are usually
used to symbolize the human soul's search for light. However, there are other
symbolisms attributed to this type of tattoo. Before getting an iguana tattoo,
you should make sure that you know what it symbolizes. You should try to find a
meaning that you can identify with.

An iguana tattoo costs pain to get and also costs pain to remove. You should
try to make that pain worthwhile and try to find an iguana tattoo that
symbolizes something very powerful in your life. However, remember that all
symbols are subject to interpretation. Remember that your interpretation of an
iguana tattoo may not necessarily be the same interpretation that others hold.
When you realize this fact, you should also remember that your interpretation
is the one that holds more weight.

2) Identification -- some people may not find any symbolic interpretations of
iguana tattoos that they can identify with. However, they still get this type
of tattoo mainly because they can identify with the animal. Do you have any
distinct characteristics that are similar to an iguana's? Of course, this does
not mean that you look like an iguana.

Identifying yourself with the different traits of an iguana means you need to
do some research about iguanas. Can you identify yourself as a survivor? If you
think you are, then you should get an iguana tattoo because iguanas are animals
which are able to remain active when other lizards have already retreated from
the heat.

3) Interests -- there are people who get iguana tattoos mainly because of their
interests in the animal. Some people who get iguana tattoos may have pet iguanas
or at least hope to own one someday. Some people may consider iguanas to be
their favorite animals and may have various reasons for thinking so. The point
is, they have very distinct interests for iguanas.

4) Artistry -- when you have thought about your personal reasons for getting an
iguana tattoo, it's time to decide which iguana tattoo to get. You could opt for
something simple and which wouldn't hurt when being drawn. You could also opt
for an intricate iguana tattoo, with shades of color that would astound every

Nowadays, people are able to get designs through the internet and have those
designs copied by a local tattoo artist. When getting an iguana tattoo, be sure
that you know exactly where you will be getting it. You need to pick a place
which could assure your health as well as the artistry of the iguana tattoo.
Talk to different people to get recommendations about the place where you are
going to get your iguana tattoo.

5) Placement -- the placement of the iguana tattoo is also important. Some
people like to place their iguana tattoo on a place where flexing of the
muscles would make the tattoo move. This gives the tattoo a lifelike appearance
when they move. Teenagers sometimes like to place their first tattoos where they
are hidden, unseen by their parents or by anyone they do not want to see.

Marine Iguana Pictures: They are all over the Net

You may be intrigued by how the marine iguana looks like as compared with the
rest of the land-based iguanas. It is only proper for you to know the
distinction between them. The land-based iguanas are also tree-dwellers.
Meaning, they do love to stay above the trees that you may often mistake them
for ordinary lizards only that they are larger. These iguanas prefer to bask
under the solar energy given off by the sun because it is by this means that
they happen to normalize their body temperatures. They prefer to be warmed up
rather than experience the cold climate. Next, the iguanas are good swimmers.
They move fast. They can even be spotted crossing the paths where automobiles
drive around. They dive into the water whenever they sense some danger around
them. Now the marine iguanas are very contradictory. They are able to live in
the seawater because they feed primarily on algae. The marine iguanas are also
slow movers especially when they get cold.

Marine iguana pictures are all over the net. You can just type in the keyword
and presto, the website you've visited will give you wonderful glimpses of
marine iguana pictures. Most of the times, the marine iguana pictures contain
alongside with them pertinent information about the species.

Marine iguanas inhabit the entire Galapagos Islands. The iguanas in here may
vary in sizes and with how they look but they are still of the same breed.
Their color may also vary which can be affected by their ages -- usually the
younger marine iguanas are colored black whereas the adult marine iguanas may
be grey, red, green, or black. Those found in the island of Espanola appear to
be the most lively-colored -- they come in green and red. The color red is
caused by the type of seaweed that only blooms in the island during summertime.

Marine iguana pictures show that they are vegetarians. They love to feed on the
seaweeds that grow on the rocks and on the algae that they get from the sea.
Generally, the bigger iguanas are the male species and they have the ability to
eat underwater and swim out regardless of the waves present in there. The marine
iguanas can last to up to half an hour under the water and they need to bask in
the sun after which to rejuvenate their body temperature.

All of the iguanas are swimmers. In fact, they are too good with this. But then
the marine iguanas rank to be the best swimmers. After all, they need to prove
their name. The marine iguanas are able to swim through moving their bodies
side to side while their legs are also held along their sides. Their flat tails
are likewise fit for their swimming venture. The marine iguanas as show in their
pictures appear to have sharper and longer claws compared with the other iguanas
that thrive on land. This enables them to cling to the rocks tightly without
being washed away by the waves. Apart from this, the marine iguanas also
possess blunt noses and very sharp teeth that allow them to easily scrape the
algae from the rocks.

If you would like some rich information about the marine iguanas and iguana
pictures, you simply have to surf the net. The images are shown clearly with
helpful distinctions too.

Preparation of the Iguana Nests

When you have iguanas as pets, you might as well want to provide them a serene
place for laying and hatching their eggs. You can make use of wooden boxes,
pots, or plastic containers filled with soil and play sand so that the female
iguana could dig and nestle their eggs into it. It is also a must to monitor
the laying of the eggs of the female iguana since there are particular cases
when not all of the eggs are expelled from the reproductive organ. You will
need an x-ray so as to know the current situation of the female iguana. Do not
be surprised if the mothers opt to guard their nests since it is an instinct
for every living being to be protective to their offsprings.

The Incubation of the Iguana Eggs

The hatching can be done successfully through the incubation method. What you
will be needing are media, containers, and incubators. The containers can be
purchased from a lot of stores. It is best to get the containers which are
microwavable will best fit the size of the incubator. One particular media to
be used is the vermiculite. One very significant portion of the media you are
to use is the moisture content. The recommended moisture is 2 to 1 as this may
not usually require that water be used. When there is too much water content,
the eggs tend to encounter some fungus problems. Likewise, very little water
results to the collapse of the eggs. Finally, you will have to use an
incubator. With the use of the thermometer, you must set the temperature
needed. The incubators can be bought from several stores and you can likewise
get additional tips from the salesmen on the incubation of the iguana eggs.

The Usual Behavior of the Iguanas

Prior to the female iguana's laying of eggs, they could appear to be extremely
hyperactive for several weeks. The male iguanas may also be territorial.

Handling the Hatchlings

The eggs hatched by themselves as soon as the time is right. You will just see
some cracks on the eggshells. There are moments when the hatchlings cut through
under the vermiculites. The first baby iguana to hatch comes out swiftly and
contains no egg sack. Most of the baby iguanas will cut their egg shells and
start to drift off and then later on they will poke out their heads and go back
to sleep. After several days, they will start coming out of their shells with
egg sacks that will disappear in a matter of days. There are some baby iguanas
which fail to hatch by themselves while others may be actually deformed.

As the baby iguanas start emerging from their shells, they must not be
disturbed or forced. They will just come out to the open when they think they
are ready. When they get disturbed, the baby iguana will come out with some big
yolks but it can tear it to pieces.

Tips on Proper Iguana Lizard Care

An iguana though robust and aggressive in nature needs a lot of care than most
of the pet animals. Most people who got their pet iguanas for the first time do
not know what to do about them or do not have the knowledge on how to properly
care for them.

The most important thing to do when having an Iguana Lizard as your pet is to
get to know them, read articles about the, and consult some professionals on
how to take good care of them.

Stay away from bad informations that you might get from shop owners and other
people who seem to know about it but doesn't.

Most iguana owners often get confused on which book to follow and which website
to look at or which person to take advice from. So to have the right information
about taking good care of your iguana make sure that your guidelines are
approved and also check out some credible websites about the myths and
misconception about taking good care of your iguana lizard pet.

Make your iguana feel at home first by not moving it from a small place first,
leave your iguana in a small secluded place and observe it first for a few
weeks and chart down different changes that it may project.

It may be stressful for your iguana to get used to your place for the first
time so but don't fret about not being able to handle your iguana for the first
few weeks, this will basically make the taming process of your iguana faster.

Next is to find a good veterinarian for your iguana. While waiting for your
iguana to get accustomed to his new environment you should find a good
veterinarian for your iguana's regular checkup.

Food is another issue when it comes to taking care of your Iguana Lizard pet.
Aside from the iguana food that you can buy from the pet store you can also
feed your iguana with vegetables and fruits

One basic rule is that Iguana Lizards are stringently herbivores, though many
books recommend insects to be fed to iguanas some are still against this notion
and firmly believes that feeding your iguana lizards green and leafy herbs is
still the best diet.

Eventually the most important thing is to provide them with fresh food and
water. And they should be fed regularly everyday the number of times is not
that important as long as it is fed everyday and fed enough to be healthy.

Habitat of your iguana is also a major factor in your proper care regimen. You
should have a large place for your iguana lizard, as time goes by your pet will
grow bigger almost four times bigger the size when you first bought it.

Cleanliness is also an important factor in an Iguana's habitat and with your
Iguana as well. Try to clean them on very regular basis to avoid parasites that
can cause sickness and odor on your iguana's habitat.

One thing that you should have in mind before owning an iguana lizard is the
amount of fund that you are willing to give. Owning an iguana is not an easy
task both physically and financially, so be ready to shed not just some sweat
but also some cash to go with it.

Iguanas: The Different and the Similar

Green iguanas are the ones you usually bring home to take care and pamper. What
you may not know is that there are different types of iguanas out there.
Oftentimes, you will see these other types not in pet stores but in the forests
where they live.

There are actually six types of iguanas. These are the

1. Dipsosaurus, the desert iguana. 2. Ctenosaura, the spiny-tailed iguana. 3.
Lemanctus, casque-headed iguana. 4. Corytophanes, the helmeted iguana. 5.
Cyclura, the rhinoceros and rock iguana. 5. Chalarodon, the Madagascar iguana.
6. Green iguana.

The famous iguana that is fast becoming a part of most households is the green
iguana. These iguanas may be of different types and appearances but they all
have similarities terms of diet, habits and size.

1. Herbivores iguanas.

The description of herbivores is the kind that eats only plant or plant
matters. It can be noted that there are not many reptiles that can live on
plant food alone. This is what makes iguanas unique from them. This may be the
reason why people want these reptiles for their pet. Feeding them is not as
hard as any other animals.

Being herbivores does not mean that you can just pick any plant out there to
feed your iguana. If you want to maintain its health, consider giving them
nutritious green and leafy vegetables. Try lettuce. You can give it to them
regularly. If you do not have an abundance of vegetables to supply, consider
other alternative sources of leafy plants.

2. Tropical temperature.

Iguanas are used to having tropical climates all year round. That is why you
will not be able to find an iguana habitat in places where there are shifts of
hot and cold climates.

This is one thing that you should consider once you have decided to have a pet
iguana. You are required to monitor the temperature around your house or in
shelter that you have provided for them.

Iguanas need constant heat to maintain their body temperature. Many iguana
owners have realized that there is an increase in the usage of their electric
heaters or gas once they have an iguana in their household.

So if you are located in locations where there is a winter season, make sure
that your heater works. If you do not have one reliable source of heat, then it
is a wise idea not to consider getting an iguana.

3. Tamed iguana.

Your pet iguana will not get tamed on its own. As the owner, it is your
responsibility to make sure that you tame your iguana well so that they will be
able to socialize well with you and with others.

A tamed iguana will be able to roam around your house without moving or eating
on anything that arouses its curiosity. You can also take them outdoors or in
events outside of your home. You also have the ability to caress, hold and
cuddle your iguana once you are assured that it will not harm you when you do

4. Iguanas grow big.

You might be misled into thinking that your iguana will remain small and tiny
all throughout its life cycle. This is a misconception.

All types of iguanas will grow its full size once they are taken properly care
of. In 3 to 4 years time, expect your iguana to be five to six feet long.

Iguana Illnesses that need Immediate Attention

Like humans, these iguanas actually also fall ill. If you have learned to love
your pet iguanas, you might as well want to keep them for long. Here are some
of the most common iguana illnesses that require immediate veterinary attention
and proper medication or else you will lose your pets.

Fibrous Osteodystrophy or the metabolic bone disease. This iguana illness comes
as a result of extreme malnutrition especially when they are not fed well. Most
of the shops selling the iguanas give out worthy nutritional tips and advices
to the buyers of these reptiles. Most of the pet owners prefer to feed their
pets with squash and lettuce. In truth, the lettuce is a water sponge --
meaning there is no nutrition to be derived from it. Such shortcoming is again
aggravated by the insufficient vitamin D3 and calcium intake by the reptile.
When they get exposed to this dangerous situation, they might in fact die.
Among the vital symptoms of the disease are a swollen lower jaw, listlessness,
rubbery or soft face and lower jaw, difficulty in eating, and swollen limbs. At
most times, the spine and the limbs also easily get fractured.

The paralysis of the back legs. This is the result of a deficiency in vitamin
B1. The tail also gets affected. With this comes the injection of the essential
minerals and vitamins to the reptile and a change in its diet is as well

The nose abrasions. The frequent attempts of the reptile to escape cause the
abrasions and scratches to its face and nose. When they are in search for a way
to escape, they often rub their noses on the enclosures of their tanks. The
abrasions are often caused by the wire, glass, or plastic enclosures of their
cages. When the nose abrasions remain untreated, ulceration of the rostrum,
bacterial infection, and other deformities could result.

The thermal injuries or burns. The burns are usually acquired through the
contact with the heat sources within the tank enclosures. Among the typical
culprits are the hot rocks and light bulbs which are left exposed. The lights
are advised to be placed above the enclosures which cannot be reached by the

The bacterial infection. There are several types of bacterial infection that
can affect the iguana. The blister disease is caused by the repeated exposure
to the filthy and damp environment. The dry gangrene of the toes and tails
causes these body parts to turn dark gray to black, and then start to have it
breaking off. The main root of these all is the insufficient sanitation. Mouth
rot causes the occurrence of inflammation, swelling, and pus in the mouth of
the iguana. Abscesses results in the formation of the pus.

The parasites. The parasites settle within the gastrointestinal tract just
within the blood of the iguana. The parasites are the major causes of death in
the iguanas which are taken captive.

Viral Infection. Researches are ongoing for the causes and cure of viral
infections in iguanas.

Organ failure. Organ failure among iguanas is caused by its age or of an
existing bacterial infection. The dominant symptoms are weight loss, loss of
appetite, listlessness, bloating, and death.

Bladder stones. This causes the abdomen to be enlarged.

Egg-binding. This causes death among the female iguanas especially when they
are unable to let the egg pass through their reproductive tracts.

These and a lot other iguana illnesses require medical attention if you do not
want to risk the life of your iguana pet.

Some Accessories You should Include in Iguana Habitats

If you have met the basic light, heating, space and humidity requirements of an
iguana habitat, you might think that your
work is all done. However, it should be stated that those are just the basic
parts of an iguana habitat. This means that although these factors alone will
let your iguana survive, these may not necessarily allow your iguana to thrive.

In order to assure the best of health for your iguana, the iguana habitat
should have these accessories:

1) Substrates -- substrates compose the surface of the iguana habitat. In
choosing a substrate for your iguana habitat, you should remember the fact that
iguanas constantly flick their tongues. This habit allows your iguana to process
different types of information about their environment. You should not use
anything small like wood chips, sand, or gravel as a substrate because of this
reason. Anything that sticks to the tongue of the iguana is likely to be eaten.
San and gravel would be very dangerous to the iguana if they are ingested. This
goes for any particulate materials.

In choosing a substrate, you might want to try newspapers with non-toxic ink.
You could also try to use other types of paper, as long as they are not toxic
to animals when ingested. Some people prefer to use pieces of indoor and
outdoor carpeting as substrates for their iguana habitat.

2) Basking and climbing accessories -- Iguanas are arboreal. In the wild,
iguanas spend most of their time up on trees. This means that you need to
provide some sort of climbing material in your iguana habitat. Try including
some shelves in an iguana habitat to simulate branches of trees.

If you include branches in your iguana habitat, you should provide some that
are big enough for your iguana to lie on comfortably. You should also cover
them with some sort of material that will help them in climbing. One option is
to cover the branches with carpeting. The branches will also serve as basking
places for your iguana. These spots are where your iguana will go to in order
to relax.

3) Food and water dishes -- you should provide your iguana with dishes for food
and water. Although iguanas are not really inclined to drink often, it is still
important that you provide them with a source of fresh water daily.

Iguanas love to soak in a water dish, so you should provide one that's just the
right size for your pet. It should be big enough so that the iguana won't tip it
over when getting in and it should be shallow enough so that the iguana won't
drown. You should also realize that after soaking, an iguana usually likes to
poop in the water. This means that you will have the responsibility to change
the water in the dish and sanitize it regularly.

4) Hiding places -- there are times when an iguana likes to be alone and
unobserved. This means that you have to provide a suitable hiding place in your
iguana habitat. You could place a log, a rock, or anything which your iguana
could hide behind. Just like people, iguanas need privacy too.

When you add these accessories to your iguana habitat, you can be sure that
your iguana will be living in a very ideal enclosure. This means that your
iguana's health and well-being will be secured.

Some Issues about Iguana Food

People who think that iguanas only need to be given lettuce as food would be
very wrong in their assumptions. Feeding an iguana has a lot of issues involved
and a good iguana owner should learn as much as possible about these issues.
Here is a guide to help you with some of the issues surrounding iguana food:

1) Vegetables -- ther5e are guides which still say that iguanas should be fed
insects and they may eat cat and dog food. The fact remains, however, that
iguanas have bodies that are designed for effective consumption of plant
protein. That means that your iguana is better off as a vegetarian. Iguana food
should consist of vegetables that have high nutritional value such as collards
or mustard greens. Occasionally feeding it lettuce is okay but you should not
regularly do this since most types of salad lettuce contain very little
nutritional value.

Why is an iguana better off eating vegetables? Well, an iguana will have a hard
time processing animal proteins. This task requires a lot of work from the
kidneys. This means that an iguana which is fed animal protein has a high
chance of developing kidney problems. Animal proteins are also hard to absorb.
Often, unabsorbed animal proteins are stored in the iguana's body as uric acid
this may lead to gout.

So, now you know why iguana food should consist of as much veggies as possible.

2) Water -- iguanas tend to drink water only sparingly. If you do not have
enough humidity in the enclosure, this would mean that your iguana will spend
most of its days at least partially dehydrated. This can be bad for your iguana.

An owner should try to get an iguana to drink as much water as possible. Since
iguanas are not naturally inclined to do this, you should take some steps to
accomplish it. One way is to spray your iguana food with water. This way, the
iguana will get the moisture it needs when it is feeding.

Another good idea is to try and train your iguana to drink as much water as
possible. You can do this by placing a treat inside the iguana's water dish. Do
this regularly and soon, you will be able to train your iguana to drink from the
bowl on its own.

3) Temperature -- iguanas are cold blooded. This means that they depend on the
heat of the environment for their bodily functions. No matter how good the
iguana food you provide, the iguana will not be able to properly digest it
without the proper temperature. After feeding, the temperature in the enclosure
should be kept at least 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This will aid in the proper
digestion of iguana food.

4) Calcium and phosphorus -- When choosing iguana food, an owner should always
keep in mind that iguanas need calcium and phosphorus in a 2:1 ratio. This
means that you should try to choose foods that contain these nutrients.

5) Light -- another issue about iguana food is the need for proper lighting.
Iguanas need UVA and UVB rays to produce vitamin D3. This nutrient facilitates
the proper absorption of calcium in the body. There are actually many types of
artificial lighting that provide these rays, but the best source is still the
sun. So if you want your pet to absorb the nutrients in the iguana food
properly, make sure that you let it bask in direct sunlight as much as possible.

Facts about Iguanas

Most iguanas can be seen in the tropical and subtropical forests, in the
deserts and along seashores. Places like Canada, Galapagos Island, South and
Central America, Caribbean Islands, Madagascar, Fiji in the South Pacific and
off the east coast of Africa you will find the different kinds of Iguanas.

Iguanas are the most popular and the largest of the lizard family. Like the
other common reptiles, they are also egg-laying and cold-blooded animal that
has an ability to adapt to their environment.

Different species of Iguanas greatly differs on its behavior, color, size and
their status as endangered in the wild. Common species like the red iguana and
green iguana are still in great numbers but species like Fiji Island iguana and
Brachylophus vitiensis are becoming endangered.

Different kinds of Iguanas are difficult to recognize as members of the same
family. They act and look differently. Some iguanas have colors that are bright
and vivid and others are dull. Each species of Iguanas has its own adaptation
because it can be found in a variety of habitats.

Iguana as pets

In America, iguanas are kept as pets. Americans believe that by taking care of
the iguana, they can save these iguanas from being extinct. Moreover, they are
aware of the proper handling of iguanas, like the habitat, feeding habits and
other things relevant to their existence.

Iguanas are typically herbivores, eating flower buds, young leaves and fruits.
Some also eat the rare juicy mealworm, wax worm and cricket. In some places in
America, iguanas are fed by different kinds or dark leafy greens and different

Species of iguanas grows quickly. They can be five times longer and a hundred
times heavier as an adult than its size from hatchling, in just for twenty-four

That is why it is vital for your iguana to be given proper food and diet,
living area and a proper range of temperature. Iguanas that are kept in a small
place without any proper food and diet and no sun exposure would probably grow
at a slower rate. The bones would also become weak and easily expose to
metabolic bone disease and serious fracture.

How will you know if the Iguana is a male or a female?

Male Iguanas usually have large fat pockets on the back of head. They tend to
have large or heavy jowls and have lager femoral pores or plugs on the
underside of their thigh. Also males usually have larger blockier heads than
females. On the other hand, female iguanas don't have large fat pockets on
their head. The latter also do not tend to have large or heavy jowls. They have
very small femoral pores and plugs and usually have smaller heads.

Male iguanas are also involved in courtship behaviors of erecting it spines at
the back and head bobbing. During courtship male iguanas are quite aggressive
but usually they are quite timid and will flee if approached.

In addition, most female iguanas dig a burrow in a sunny area, lay eggs and
cover them and it leave the eggs alone. The warm temperature makes the eggs
incubate. Usually all eggs in the nest hatch at the same time. On the other
side, iguanas face many dangers from loss of habitat to the prey on iguanas and
humans eat them. Several measures can help iguana survive such as education
programs for people living in iguana habitats, captive propagation in zoos and
restriction on hunting.

Building an Iguana Enclosure

Iguanas prefer a different habitat where they can roam freely. They are more
comfortable to stay in a tall, roomy, large and secure enclosure.

The iguana species being cold-blooded or endothermic need to heat their body to
a high temperature daily. During the break of day, an iguana put itself into the
sunlight to take some warmth in sun's light. So, to be able to provide these
needs you can build an enclosure for your iguana. You can do this by refitting
or recycling an unused closet. It normally takes a longer time to refit closet
properly but it will be helpful if you able to do it perfectly.

To be able to construct a perfect enclosure for iguana take a look at some
possibilities for iguana enclosures:

Secured closets can be used for iguana enclosure. The size of the closet should
be enough where iguana can linger. A closet with a depth of two feet is slightly
narrow but it can be acceptable because of its height. For a young and female
iguana, the length of the closet is all right. But for male iguana it would be
confined unless it is a complement for an outdoor enclosure and a playing area
in another place of the house. Daily interaction with iguana builds a bond of
trust with its owner.

If your iguana lives in an open cage that is made of wires and they are under
heated, the iguana may have difficulty getting the most favorable optimum level
of temperature. Thus, they might feel weak.

That's why providing a closet would be a best option. A simple closet can also
be the perfect place for your iguana to have a controlled environment and
temperature. However, removing waste and transporting water can be the most
difficult task of setting up closet for iguana, since it is rarely close in a
sink or in a bathroom. Making the closet safe and clean is the real challenge
in using closet enclosure.

Iguana should not have too much space for them to hide and escape the heat.
Just make the bottom two feet for space storage. Some iguanas are jerky and
tend to find a hiding place usually on the bottom area. And this might bring
them to the risk of having hypothermia.

The enclosure must have a round closet bar and a top shelf. Closet bar could be
used to hang up the lightning fixture but it will be too low for this. Instead
of hanging it to the ceiling, you can move it up 'til the top of the closet and
clip lights to it. It's your choice; however always remember that maximizing
space is the top priority.

The closet door should also be considered in using closet enclosure. The closet
door will help hold the heat but it would also prevent air circulation. You have
a choice to put up a screen door in the closet door space. You can inset this
screen door on one side and you still have solid door to pull lock for the cold
nights. Also if you have a plexi glass or solid front, always give vent to air
in the wall above the door.

These are just some possibilities in using closet enclosure. You can add
whatever is needed to make your iguana comfortable. Just be creative and keep
in mind that your pet would live longer if given a proper enclosure.

Health is also the Wealth of Your Pet Iguana

To maintain the health of your iguana does not mean that you need to take it
out on regular walks on the park, or have him groomed in your local pet center.
These are the things you would do for your pet dog but not for your iguana.

Keeping your iguana healthy is a matter of knowing its basic needs. With all
the information about these reptiles already available, there is no reason why
you cannot have them growing big and healthy.

Some people prefer to have iguana for their pet because they think that taking
care of one is not as difficult compared with other kinds of pets. But then,
iguanas can also be sensitive if you do not know what you are doing.

Unlike pet dogs or cats, there is really no high maintenance needed to keep
your iguana healthy. All that is needed are some basic necessities that may
seem unimportant yet will prove vital in keeping them healthy and fit.

Iguanas are like human. They are fully awake in the morning but needed the
darkness of the night to be able to sleep and rest. This is one of the things
you have to consider if you have an iguana.

In pet stores today, you will be able to find an assortment of iguana shelters
that are complete with the necessary equipments that you pet will need. For
example, there are cages available that comes with a bulb that serves as light
as well as a heat source for your iguana. Heat is vital in maintaining the body
temperature of an iguana. Some owners go to the extent of monitoring
temperatures and providing heaters for these pets.

Those who cannot afford these things opt for the more conventional approach of
turning lights off in the evening so the iguana can rest. But the problem with
this set up is that there is no additional source of warmth supplied to the
iguana. In these cases, you may find drifting off to a corner or a place where
these reptiles find the heat that their body needs.

For those who want to maintain an orderly temperature monitoring, there are
timers that they can buy to ensure that everything is kept well in order. Keep
in mind that iguanas thrive mostly on outdoor forest temperatures. That was
their home before they were in captivity. It is therefore important that you
maintain what they have gotten used to so that they will not find it hard to
adapt to their new environment.

First aid is also necessary if you notice signs of illness of skin diseases. Be
sure that you have antiseptics or iodine ready for use. If your iguana appears
to have an infection, you will notice dark spots or scratches that were not
there initially. The best thing to do is to note if these things are starting
to get worse or not. Check out the surrounding areas around your pet. Some of
these things are caused by the environment that they are exposed to.

If the problem persists, then it is time to consult an expert iguana
veterinarian. They will be the ones who will give you advice on what to use on
your pet to stop whatever symptoms of illness it is experiencing.

If the health of your iguana is important to you, then you should prepare
yourself for the necessary measures in maintaining and keeping them.

Some Myths about Green Iguanas

People who own green iguanas often have certain misconceptions about them.
These myths could interfere with a person's ability to take proper care of a
green iguana. Some of these myths may not be too harmful. However, some of
these myths could be dangerous to a green iguana's health and well-being. Here
are some common myths about green iguanas which you should know about:

1) You can feed lettuce to green iguanas -- This myth has some truth to it. Of
course, since green iguanas are best kept on a vegetarian diet, you can feed it
lettuce. However, you should realize the fact that most types of salad lettuce
have very little nutritional value. Some people realize this when it's already
too late to change the iguana's diet. This is because a green iguana which is
mainly fed lettuce will continue to eat lettuce even if better foods are added
to its diet.

If you want to take proper care of your green iguana, you should feed it
vegetables that have a high nutritional value. Examples include collards,
turnip greens and mustard greens.

2) Iguanas will not outgrow their cages -- Some people think that keeping
iguanas in small cages will cause their growths to be stunted. These people
provide small cages for their iguanas in order to keep it in a convenient size.
This will definitely not help your green iguana. A green iguana, when properly
taken care of, can grow up to six feet long. This means that keeping it in a
small cage will only accomplish the feat of making your green iguana's life
very uncomfortable.

3) Iguanas need to consume gravel in order to help their digestion -- this is a
very dangerous myth. Some people add gravel or small pebbles to an iguana's
enclosure because they think that these help a green iguana to digest its food.
However, you should realize that gravel or any such material could kill your
green iguana if it is consumed. You should try to avoid feeding your green
iguana these materials, whether by accident or on purpose.

4) Hot rocks are great for heating -- some people add hot rocks to a green
iguana enclosure, thinking that these rocks are good for an iguana's body
temperature. What you need to remember is that green iguanas are cold blooded.
This means that if a green iguana sits on a hot rock, it can literally be
cooked to death. If you wish to provide proper heating for a green iguana
enclosure, you should use special lighting available in most pet stores.

5) Iguanas can eat insects, pet food, and other animal products -- Many sources
today still state that iguanas should be given animal protein as part of their
diet. However, the truth is that green iguanas are best suited to an
herbivorous diet. The body and metabolism of a green iguana is designed to
utilize plant proteins effectively. Animal proteins, on the other hand, can
prove to be very troubling to them. Consumption of animal proteins can cause
your green iguana to develop gout. It can also lead to serious kidney problems.
The only reason that iguanas eat insects in the wild is because these get mixed
up with their food accidentally.

These are just some of the myths that you may have heard about green iguanas.
By knowing the truth about these myths, you are now equipped to give the best
care possible to a green iguana.

How to Take Care of a Green Iguana

When people talk about getting an iguana for a pet, they usually refer to the
most common species, the "Iguana Iguana" or the green iguana.

Found in South and Central America, as well as other parts of the Pacific, the
iguana has become very popular among pet owners in the United States and Europe 
in the past few years.

Active in daytime, the young iguana is usually bright green in color, helping
it to hide itself from predators in the green vegetation of the forest. With
its quick movements and sharp eyesight, the green iguana avoids capture quite
easily. As the iguana grows older, its color changes from bright green to a
muted green.

An iguana in the wild spends its day trying to find a sunny spot to lie on,
feeding, and trying to escape from predators.

Of course, an iguana in captivity is a different case. Though there are no more
predators to escape from, an iguana should be well taken care of by its owner.
It maybe a popular pet, but taking care of it is by no means an easy task.

Let's talk about some things to do when taking care of an iguana.

1.  Provide a large enclosed space for your iguana.

Since a green iguana may grow as large as seven feet, the pet's enclosure
should be any owner's top priority.

It may seem that the iguana is contented with a small pen; however, without
ample space, it will grow listless and will be stressed, resulting to sickness
and even vulnerability to infections.

The enclosure should be a few times the iguana's length in either depth or
width or one and a half times in height since the animal needs to move around
or even climb.

Later on, the pet iguana should be given privileges to roam around the house,
as long as the owner will make sure that it won't be able to get out or feed on
important stuff around the house.

2.  Provide big branches or synthetic structures for your pet's enclosure.

Not only will the enclosure look more pleasing to the eyes with the addition of
the things mentioned above, but they will also make the pen a better place for
the green iguana to live in. It will be a good habitat since it will provide a
venue for climbing and basking -- two activities that contribute to the
iguana's emotional and psychological growth.

For the flooring of the enclosure, one may use mulch (a material designed to
keep hold of moisture, prevent weeds from growing, and keep the earth from
being eroded) or simply sheets of your daily newspaper.

3.  Make sure to provide the enclosure with a good heating device.

You should not overlook this since an iguana not properly heated will not be
able to digest its food well.

An owner should provide a good source of UV light for the iguana. The enclosure
should not have any part with a temperature lower than 26°C while at least one
part should have a temperature as high as 35°C. A spotlight is good for this

4.  While heating and light are important, provide darkness, too.

Six to 10 hours of darkness each night is also important for the iguana's
well-being. The enclosure should be shielded from streetlights or lights from

5.  Pay attention to your pet iguana.

Any pet animal deserves care and interaction from its owner. Just like your
regular cat or dog, the green iguana deserves love and affection. If not given
the attention it deserves, an iguana may grow listless, sick, and eventually

There you go. The tips mentioned above are just some of the things that have to
be considered in taking care of an iguana. These are not to be used as a
substitute for a consultation with your trusted veterinarian. Professional help
is still needed in order to make sure that your iguana will live for a very long

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Tips on Getting the Right Cage for Your Giant Iguana

Iguanas are usually seen in smaller sizes. But contrary to this, iguanas can be
so large that you will need a whole room for it to be able to survive. This
article will discuss on how to properly get or build a cage for you giant

One of the most important things in building your pet's cage is the SIZE --
size does matter when it comes to your giant iguana's cage.

There are common beliefs that an iguana's growth size is only limited by the
shape and size of their cage. But sad to say this statement is not true. Most
iguanas continually grow faster on the first quarter of their life span and
slower on the next half.

So before purchasing a giant iguana, make sure that you have the proper
resources and space for a big cage for your iguana's habitat. A newly hatched
iguana can easily fill out a 60 gallon aquarium in just one year if properly
and healthily taken care off.

A small iguana in the first 6 months of his life does not need a big cage. A
large fish aquarium will do, but you should be ready to spend more after eight
months because this is the time where rapid growth of your iguana occurs.

Another important thing to consider in building a cage for your giant iguana is
the temperature and humidity of the cage. Iguanas are reptile and are cold
blooded creature so they basically need an environment which is warm but not
too hot.

A basking point should be installed which should have a temperature of
eighty-nine to ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit and the total air temperature
should be at least eighty degrees Fahrenheit.

Different temperature should be assigned on different parts of the cage to
allow regulation of body temperature for your giant iguana pet.

You can use mercury vapor lamps or fluorescent tubes in this kind of situation
though some pet shops may recommend the use of hot rocks. But veterinarians are
definitely against this idea. Hot rocks can burn your giant iguana's skin and
can cause wound which would lead to infection and death.

The humidity of the cage should also be taken into consideration. A sixty-five
to seventy humidity rate should be observed for a proper iguana cage. You can
have this by installing a humidifier into the cage or if you find too expensive
you can just manually spray water on the cage a few times everyday.

You can also try to put a large bowl of water on the cage so that it can add up
to the humidity inside the cage.

Lighting is also essential so make sure that your cage has the proper lighting
in order for your giant iguana to survive.

An iguana needs a good dose of UVA and UVB lights. This is because UVA lights
kindle their natural behavior and UVB on the other hand helps them in producing
Vitamin D3 which is an essential component of their digestion process.

The most cheap and accessible way to get this UV rays into your giant iguana's
body is by exposing them to sun rays regularly or by building their cage near a
window where sunlight is abundant.

It might be quite hard for you to be able to build such a complex man made
biodiversity on your own place but these are essential needs for you giant
iguana to survive under your captivity.

So this is a matter of life and death, if you think that you cannot provide the
listed requirement for your iguana then you should think twice and lay out your
terms and reconsider your option about owning a giant iguana.

A Healthy Giant Green Iguana like no other

Giant green iguanas are the "in" thing now. This is one of the most popular
reptiles that is being held captive and is taken care of in most households. So
you should not be surprised if your child asks for one instead of the usual cats
or dogs.

If you base on the word "giant", you are probably thinking that these iguanas
will appear so. Many would-be iguana owners will be surprised at the size that
these reptiles can turn into in its adult years. You may have brought a little
pet in the store along with cute accessories only to realize later on that
those things would not fit your pet anymore.

These are what giant green iguanas can turn to. They may look small initially
but they can grow their maximum size if you know how to do it properly. Now,
how do you do that?

You can start off by choosing the healthiest iguana you can find. You will see
this if the iguana seems active and alert. Check out their body and body parts.
They should be round and without any signs of scratches, bumps or lumps.

The difference between healthy and a not-so-healthy iguana can be seen by their
movements. A healthy one does not sit around and remain stagnant in one place.
You will find them moving around in their cages as if curious with what is
happening around them. Their eyes would appear round. Their tongue should also
flick in and out while moving about.

You should not make the mistake of selecting one that appears to be calm in
thinking that they can easily be taken care of. Another mistake is choosing one
that appears sickly because you pity the reptile. These are sure signs that the
iguana is not really healthy after all. You might end up regretting your
decision later on.

The next step is giving it a suitable and comfortable home. The aquarium that
you need to buy will depend upon how small or grown up your pet is already.
Smaller iguanas require 10 to 29 galloon aquariums.

The best thing to do is have a custom-made cage built. It will prevent you from
shifting to one cage after another once the iguana starts growing. It does not
matter if you think that the cage is too large for your pet. Eventually, it
will grow bigger and will need more room to move around.

The kind of diet that you give your iguana will determine how healthy or
unhealthy it will be. Iguanas in their juvenile years should be fed everyday.
While those in their older years can be fed after every two days.

Even if iguanas are carnivorous, the best foods to give them are green leafy
vegetables. These will ensure that they maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
You should do well in maintaining the kind of diet you will give your pet so
that it will not turn out fat, obese and lazy.

Female iguanas have the tendency not to eat the food you give them. This may be
because they are in their egg development stage. Once this stage has passed,
they will get their appetite back. Just be patient in free feeding them so they
will become thin and unenergetic.

Having a healthy iguana is just a matter of taking the necessary steps. If you
want your giant green iguana to live for years to come, you will take time to
consider every aspect needed in their growth.

Significant Insights about the Giant Green Iguana

The term giant green iguana refers to the giant lizards. They are said to be
giants because they grow up to five to six feet in a span of four to five
years. If you prefer not to have a big lizard under your care, then do not opt
for a giant green iguana. There are no dwarf versions of this species so you
must understand from the very start that green iguanas by nature can grow
really large. You cannot by all means make an iguana a dwarf version not unless
you expose it to severe chronic malnutrition and then to continuous hypothermia.

Of course, when you do safe keep it on a tank that measures only up to ten
gallons, its normal growth will be hideously hindered. Such kind of environment
will also make the iguana sick and crazy to the highest level. If you are really
serious in making the iguana appear small, then kill it slowly. Killing it
slowly means keeping it in a very small-spaced tank container, giving it dull
food to feed on, and then exposing it to extreme cold. You may likewise try to
be humane and just simply buy a stuffed toy iguana.

The iguanas are naturally from the exotic tropical areas so when they are taken
in as pets they must be fully maintained. Meaning, they must be catered with
sufficient and healthy food, homey housing environment, proper lighting, and
utmost tender love and care. In the absence of any of these factors, they can
be subject to premature death. It is a must that you know for a fact if you
will love to take care of a giant green iguana before purchasing one. They get
extremely huge and live a span of twelve to fifteen years.

In terms of the breeding season, the mature male iguanas, which are then
capable of mating with a female iguana, will usually appear rambunctious, mean,
and grumpy. Meanwhile, the sexually active and mature female iguanas are able to
lay eggs despite the absence of the male iguanas. More so, proper care should be
given to the female iguanas so as they will be able to carry out a successful
lying of their eggs. In truth, the giant green iguanas can be cared as pets
both by the young and old.

Indeed, the giant green iguana ranks as one of the well-known and most
sought-after lizards. Most of the buyers of the giant green iguana have no idea
at all as to how huge the young iguana could grow when the right time comes. The
full-grown giant male green iguanas measure up to almost seven feet. When it
comes to feeding them, vegetables are a must. Pay particular attention to
offering them the leafy ones since they are plant-eaters by nature. Fruits such
as banana can also be included in the iguana's diet. At a very young stage, it
is important to feed the iguanas with diversified sorts of food because it is
during this time that they learn to recognize the food preferences that they
will go for. Once or twice in a week, the iguana should be given a small
quantity of a vitamin and mineral supplement which is especially intended for
reptiles. When all these insights are followed, you can be certain that your
pet iguana will grow healthy.

The Importance of Proper Nutrition for your Iguana

Reptiles are of different kinds. Iguanas are just one of those that belong to
the largest species of lard family. Iguanas are commonly seen in tropical rain
forests, hot deserts and semi-aquatic places. From the forests of North
America, Canada and South America to the desert places of South Africa and
Madagascar and Island of Galapagos, you will be able to see different types of

Iguanas can easily adapt to their environment. Like other reptiles, iguanas are
also egg-laying animals and cold-blooded, meaning they cannot produce heat from
their body.

Different Iguanas has its unique ability to be able to become accustomed to
their habitat. They have their unique skills. Iguanas that dwell in high trees
for instance, can jump off the ground without having injuries. In addition,
iguanas in Galapagos Island, the Amblyrhynchus cristatus, known as the marine
iguana are good swimmer.

The species of iguana differ in their color, size, behavior and their
extinction status in the wild. Some iguanas have vivid and bright colors, and
others are dull. Most iguanas grows quickly, a hundred times heavier as their
normal size as a hatchling in just about 24-30 months. But this would happen if
they are given proper care, enough food, and a place with good air circulation
and lots of sunlight.

Most iguanas are herbivores while some are omnivore or carnivore depending on
their habitat. Terrestrial dwellers are carnivore, they eat mealworms and wax
worms while the forest and tree dwellers are herbivores, eats young leaves,
flower buds and fruits.

Proper feeding of iguanas is important. Sufficient food intake might lead to
bloating, and obesity. In addition, lack of proper diet may also lead to some
diseases. Cases like these are very usual so you must be prepared whatever
happened to your pet.

If your iguana is showing signs of NSHP or MBD you must bring your pet to a
veterinarian. Your iguana is suffering from Nutritional Secondary
Hyperparathyrodism or a metabolic bone disease. It doesn't mean that your
iguana is unhealthy if it is oversized or fat. Proper diet must be given.
Provide your iguana with a high calcium and low phosphorus diet. Also, always
make sure that your pet gets a proper sunlight.

If you're iguana body seem to be bony and fat and jaws seem to be swollen, your
iguana is in the critical stage of NHSP or MBD. This would lead to brittle bones
that cause deformities and fractures.

To avoid this to happen give your iguana proper diet, exercise and should
maintain a good weight but not becoming overweight. It is also necessary for a
fat iguana to obtain the needed calcium or phosphorus ratio for a healthy bone.

How will you know if your Iguana is growing properly?

Hatchling usually measures for about two and a half to three and a half inches
snout to vent. When it reaches and emerges from the egg it grows three-quarters
of an inch a month for almost three months. The growth of young iguanas slows to
a half when it is three months old with a snout to vent of five and
three-quarter inches. Iguana reaches for about 9-10 inches stout to vent in
just one year.

The growth of your iguana in this stage is very fast. During its twelve to
fifteen months, it will grow for about triple of its original length. The
growth length of iguana slows radically as the iguana continues to grow for
next years. This time give your iguana a proper diet so that it would not get
bigger and bigger.

Interesting Informations About The Baby Green Iguana

The green iguana is one kind of reptile which is commonly found all throughout
South and Central America. The breeds of the green iguana are also spotted in
Mexico, Paraguay, Brazil, and the Caribbean Islands. There is no definite proof
that the green iguana ranks among the endangered animals but then it is
sometimes misconstrued to be one because it is a major attraction to the
hunters. Hunters love to capture the big female iguanas. The green iguana is
also a favorite delicacy of some and it is known by the name of "Bamboo
Chicken". The Physical Appearance of the Green Iguana

The overly grown green iguanas typically grow in between four and six feet but
there are some that extend up to seven feet. The tail takes up almost all of
the length since it ranks to be almost half of the entire body measurement.
Despite their being green, there is likewise the dominant black stripe coloring
in its body. Not because they are called green iguanas they will already settle
for the monochromatic color of green. The shade also diverts from the very
bright green to the grayish and dull green. The skin of the green iguana is
mostly rough primarily because of the pointy scales along the animal's back.
The green iguanas are equipped with claws and long fingers so that they can
easily grasp and climb.

The Habitat of the Green Iguana

Baby green iguanas are typically raised in the tropical rainforest areas
specifically in areas with lower altitudes and accessible water resources like
those of the streams and rivers. Most of their formative years are confined in
the forest top at about forty up to fifty feet high atop the ground.

The Admirable Adaptations of the Baby Green Iguanas

Aside from the invariable claws and long fingers possessed by the baby green
iguanas, they also have a lot of proficient and admirable adaptations with
them. The baby green iguanas are keen in terms of their senses of hearing,
sight, and smell. One of their defense mechanisms is their tail which is
obviously sharp and is snapped high into the air when danger is sensed. Once a
predator gets the chance to grab the tail, it grows again without any damage at
all. The skin of the baby green iguana is tough -- it is able to avoid
scratches, cuts, and is also water-resistant. The pigmentation on the skin of
the baby green iguana helps out in the camouflaging especially when there are
predators in the area. But then when their predators detect them, the baby
green iguanas are able to swiftly jump from the trees and then dive directly
into the water. Mind you, they are excellent swimmers.

Apart from these excellent adaptations, the baby green iguanas are also strong.
Imagine that they do fall off the ground at about 40 up to 50 feet but they
still manage to come unhurt. The male green iguanas have what is known as the
dewlap on their skins. This is the special flap on their skins which they use
to impress the female green iguanas or to intimidate their oncoming predators.
With these dewlaps, they manage to let themselves appear bigger. Another
excellent characteristic for the green iguanas is that they are able to keep
fat under their own necks and jaws for quite a time especially when there is
not much of the food at hand.

How to Feed Your Albino Iguana

Iguanas are sensitive creatures; most of them rely on their environment for
survival. Having an Albino Iguana as your pet gives you the obligation to
properly care for it and make sure that it survives under your captivity.

One of the most crucial factors in an Albino Iguana's survival is food. So
being the owner, you must appropriately feed it with the right food.

Iguanas are scientifically classified as herbivores so green leafy plants
should not be in its main diet. Though some people still recommend on feeding
iguanas with insects and other animal protein based food.

You may have seen iguanas eating insects on televisions and magazines but
research studies shows that this thing occurs only by accident. Like for
example, when an insect is on a piece of plant. An iguana slowly creeps over to
eat it. Then leaf and insect are simultaneously consumed by the reptile.

Experts and veterinarians recommend more vegetables to be fed to your pet and
lesser animal protein or insects. This will eventually lead to better physical

Albino iguanas also need water, so make sure to provide them with this. Iguanas
usually dip their head on the water when drinking, so also make sure to have a
tall glass that is full of fresh water. Sometimes they also lick off small
water droplets from plants to quench their thirst.

Water should always be available for your iguana and make certain that they are
fresh. Never feed your iguana with left over vegetables because this may cause
disorders in its digestive system. It will then lead to sickness or even death.

It is highly recommended to feed your iguana every day and regularly. The ideal
time for feeding your iguana is early in the morning usually an hour after it is
awake. Succeeding feeding all through out the day can also be done but only in
small quantity. Never feed your iguana immense amounts of food before sleeping

Feeding your Albino Iguana in the morning gives it time to properly digest food
before sleeping. In addition, the morning temperature will give your iguana the
right environment to properly digest its food.

The amount of food to be given literally depends on the size and bulkiness of
your iguana. The main rule in here is to feed your iguana as long as it wants
to. This kind of technique will allow you to note how much your iguana can take
over one feeding.

Food for your Albino Iguana should be on a shallow bowl which should be made of
ceramic, glass or plastic and should be regularly cleaned. The bowl to be used
should be sturdy enough to hold your iguana and should not be tipped easily.

Variety of food is also important to make your iguana feel healthy and at home.
Iguanas are known to eat a large variety of fruits and flowers in the wild so it
is a good idea to also feed them this way while they are in your captivity.

Aside from proper food your iguana should also have the proper lighting and
sunshine. Iguanas usually get calcium from the sun rays to help them properly
digest their food.

So if you want your Albino Iguana to stay healthy and have a longer life span
feed them with the right amount of food and the right kind of food.

Some Facts about the Desert Iguana

1) Description -- the desert iguana (Dipsosaurus Dorsalis) is 10 to 16 inches
long when fully grown. It has a large, round body with a long tail. In fact,
the tail of the desert iguana is longer than its body. Described as
"blunt-headed", desert iguanas have very distinct coloring patterns. The head
of the desert iguana is colored brown. This coloration diffuses into reddish
brown pattern which could be described as looking like a net.

The desert iguana has gray spots on the trunk and neck. Desert iguanas also
have dark spots on their white or gray tails. A row of dorsal scales are
located down the center of the back of the desert iguana.

2) Habitat -- As can be gleamed from its common name, the desert iguana lives
in arid desert regions. Desert iguanas are commonly found in the Sonoran and
Mojave deserts founding the southwest of the United States. They are also
located in Northwestern Mexico and some islands on the Gulf of California. In
the southern part of its habitat, the desert iguana usually lives in arid
subtropical areas and deciduous forests.

In the desert, these animals can usually be found around the range of the
creosote bush. The desert iguana makes use of the creosote bush for shelter and
for food. There are also several cases of desert iguanas moving into the
abandoned lairs of kangaroo rats.

They are hardy animals, often active even when other lizards have already
retreated from the heat. They are also inclined to burrow into the soil near
creosote bushes.

3) Food -- desert iguanas are primarily herbivorous. This means that they are
inclined to eat plant matter. They will eat bud, leaves and fruits of many
types of perennial or annual plants that are found in their habitats. They are
especially attracted to the yellow flowers of the creosote plant.

4) Behavior -- as said before, desert iguanas remain active even during intense
heat. However, if the heat proves too much, a desert iguana will climb bushes in
order to seek cooler temperatures. They are very quick and they can often be
seen crossing roads just before an oncoming car. When a desert iguana runs at
these speeds, it often does so on two legs. It folds its front legs near its
body and uses its powerful hind legs to propel it forward.

5) Natural enemies -- like other animals, desert iguanas have natural enemies.
In fact, even before they hatch, there area lot of animals which would eat
iguana eggs. A mature desert iguana also has different birds of prey as its
natural enemy.

Other common enemies of the desert iguana are small animals such as rats,
weasels, foxes and snakes. Of course, man is also one common enemy of the
iguana. Many a desert iguana has fallen prey to the automobile. These desert
iguanas are now referred to as "roadkill" by the human beings who drive these
machines carelessly and without regard for the lives of small animals.

These are just some facts about desert iguanas. As you can see, there are many
things about them that people need to know. Hopefully, these facts have opened
your eyes and have shown you that desert iguanas are so much more than stupid
medium sized lizards. By learning all you can about desert iguanas, you will
soon be able to fully appreciate their beauty.

Facts about the Desert Iguana

The desert iguana is a very common animal to be spotted by many. There are even
people who would claim that they have seen iguanas in their backyards and which
are hiding behind the big rocks. By nature, the iguanas do love to feed on
flowers and leaves of several bushes. So that it can take full control of its
body temperature, the iguana transposes its color from the gray one to an
almost pure white hue. Usually in the morning, the iguana wears the darkest of
its color and by midday its changes its color to white so as to avoid feeling
very hot.

The desert iguana is known for its scientific name dispsosaurus dorsalis and it
commonly thrives in the South Eastern California deserts preferably in the
Mojave and Sonoran deserts, in Southwest Utah, Southern Nevada, Baja,
California, South Central Arizona, Northwest Mexico, and others can be
relatively found in the gulf of the Californian islands. For most of its life,
the desert iguana is fond of staying in the sandy and arid habitats usually
fondling in the creosote bushes and the rocks that they call their shelters.
Another place which they find solace in are the already abandoned burrows of
those kangaroo rats. In the southern habitats, the desert iguanas can be
usually spotted in the deciduous forests and subtropical places.

Description of the Desert Iguana

When the desert iguana matures, its growth ranges from ten up to sixteen inches
long. The body becomes rounded and large. The tail grows long. The head becomes
brown-colored which specifically follows a netlike outline that is reddish
brown in hue. The trunk and the neck of the desert iguana contain tan and
grayish spots. Meanwhile, its tail possesses some white or grayish spots.
During the most extreme hot periods, the desert iguana climbs into the bushes
to seek for cooler areas. But despite the condition of the climate, the desert
iguana remains active even during 115 degrees F.

Since the desert iguanas seek refuge from the bushes, they are known to be
vegetarians. They are classified to be herbivores as they do eat fruits, buds,
and the leaves of most of the desert-existing perennial and annual plants. They
are also very fond of the yellowish flowers of the creosote bush. It eats
insects, the feces of the lizards and the mammals, and the carrion as well.
More so, the desert iguana is not endangered.

The desert iguanas move swiftly. They are always spotted crossing the roads in
a very fast pace and just simply ahead of the passing cars. Their back legs are
really that powerful which therefore allows them such movement. Among their
predators are the foxes, birds of prey, weasels, rats, snakes, and then the
human beings. The eggs of the desert iguanas are also being attacked and eaten
by most animals.

The Desert Iguana's Breeding Season

At the middle period of the month of March, the desert iguanas start to come
out from its long period of hibernation. The breeding season for the desert
iguana happens in between April up to May. In between the months of May and
June, the desert iguana is expected to lay two to ten eggs that will be hatched
by the later part of July till August. All throughout the breeding season, the
adult desert iguanas have that pink color at the side of their bellies.

Build Iguana Cage

Tips and tricks in building an iguana cage

Iguanas are arboreal, they prefer to stay in a large and wide ecosystem.
Iguanas also tend to spend its time high up in tall trees. It is because their
enemies or predators will not be able to follow them up in high trees. Most
iguanas can easily hide from their enemies, by climbing jumping down into the
ground without getting hurt.

But today, the lives of iguanas are in danger. Some of them are being caught
and eaten by wild animals.

If you're an animal or pet lover you can help these iguanas to survive against
predators and help them from being extinct. You can do this by taking care of
iguana, by just having at least pair.

Handling of iguanas needs proper planning. There are some things to be

The first and most important thing is building a cage or enclosure. You must
provide them with a good place where they can roam while having the freedom
they enjoy in the wild.

Here are some more tips in building a great home for your iguana.

1.  Look for a cage that is spacious and secured. A large room or a big closet
can be a good place where they can roam. You can add artificial plants and
branches where they can climb and hang over. If your iguana is still young, be
sure to make the appropriate size of the cage. A smaller one with no hole is
recommended so that they'll not escape from the cage. When your iguana grows
and get habituated to his new home, you can expand the area so that it will not
look crowded.

2.  Another thing to consider in building an iguana cage is the air
circulation. Look for a cheap but comfy closet with proper air circulation. You
can put a small, low-cost and quiet fan that will help regulate the air and
raise the temperature and humidity inside the cage. A closet which has a good
flow of air can also prevent the growth of mildew. But in case a mildew problem
occurs, you can simply wash the walls using water and bleach.

3.  During the night time, you can use a heating pad to warmth your iguana.
Look for a light bulb that consumes less electricity. You can simply screw a 75
watt bulb on the wall of the cage.

4.  Let your iguana adapt first to the new enclosure. Iguanas might get
traumatized or hurt themselves if placed in a new environment. Iguanas normally
react if placed in a new enclosure by rubbing and scratching the walls. It is
advisable that you stay with your iguana as they explore. Try to bond with your
pet until he gets acquainted with his new environment.

5.  Be cautious on the electrical connections positioned on the enclosure. All
wiring must be carefully situated in areas where your iguana can't reach them.
Iguanas are intrusive creatures, they will try to jump and climb up on
accessible wirings and hot light equipments.

6.  Lastly, keep your enclosure away from pests. Remove left over foods as soon
as possible. Remember that cleanliness is the most essential factor to prevent
possible problems.

Building a cage for your iguana can be simple and fun. Just follow the steps
above and surely you'll have a perfect enclosure for your pet.

Babying your Baby Iguana the Right way

If there are baby dogs, cats or rabbits, then there are also baby iguanas. It
is during this stage that these iguanas appear in their most fragile and need
your loving care the most. Although they appear like they are easy to take of
in their small appearance, proper precaution is needed so that they will be
healthy in their older years.

Just like any juvenile pet, there are certain requirements that you need to
provide for your baby iguana. Although they are not as meticulous and as herd
to get as any other pet food, you should also consider if these things will be
perfect for your iguana. You do not want them to become sickly and eventually
die even before you see them in their full sizes, now do you?

Here are some of the important factors you need to consider when taking care of
your baby iguana.

1. Shelter.

Not just any other type of cage will do. Though it does not matter what kind it
is made of, you need to consider what should be inside the cage that the iguana
will need.

An example is having something in them that will keep your pet warm during the
night. Check out for carpeting or artificial turf to cover the flooring area of
the cage. If you do not have the budget for it, you can opt for newspapers
because they work just as well.

Since iguanas live on trees, you need to set up some branches for your pet to
climb on to. Climbing on branches will form part of their leisure and
movements. Just make sure that the branches are stable enough to hold their
weight in case they lay down on them.

2. Temperature.

Baby iguanas should always be warm in order to stay healthy. Since you have no
way of telling this just by looking at them, you can put a thermometer inside
their cage so you can monitor the changes in the temperature inside the cage.

Make certain that you maintain a temperature of 70 degrees during the night and
85 degrees in the day. It is also a good idea for the cage for its shelter to be
placed near a source of heat. You will see that your pet is inclined to have a
comfortable rest if they stay close to that heat being radiated.

Special monitoring of temperature is required during the cold season. Check the
shelter regularly. You would not want your pet to freeze to death without you

3. Food intake.

Baby iguanas need to have a diet that is rich in Vitamin D3, phosphorous and
calcium. Lots of greens are also needed. You can also give them vegetables and
fruits that you yourself are consuming.

Baby iguanas are not used to being fed any kind of food. Their digestive system
is not as strong and as flexible as cats or dogs. Know what kind of food they
can take and what they cannot.

Your baby iguana can grow up healthy and strong just by taking care of them the
way you do any kind of pet. If it is absolutely necessary, you can consult a vet
that specializes in iguana for things that are far beyond your comprehension.
They will be able to give you sound advices regarding your baby iguana and the
things that you need to do.

Where to Find More Information about Iguanas and Lizards

People who are interested in iguanas in lizards can find a lot of resources
filled with information. In fact, anyone who is interested in iguanas and
lizards is likely to find that one such resource is very accessible to them.
Here are some resources that you can use:

1) Books -- Some people have dismissed books as being old technology. These
people believe that books are outdated. They prefer the faster and more
exciting information provided by computers and the internet. However, there is
wisdom to be found in old books. Books are written by people who truly know
about iguanas and lizards. This means that the information contained within
books is very reliable. You just can't say that about other sources of
information anymore.

Books are very convenient for people who are looking for extensive information.
Of course, you are going to have to find the right book in order to get the
information that you want. When you do find that right book, you are sure to
get the best type of information available.

There are certain disadvantages to using books as sources of information about
iguanas and lizards. As said before, you do need to find the right book in
order to find the right type of information. This means that you have to get
the most updated books available. Unfortunately, not all books are constantly
updated and finding an outdated one may leave you with information about
iguanas and lizards that is no longer relevant.

2) The internet -- The internet is the largest resource of information that you
can use. With the technology of the internet, people who need information are
able to get that information anytime and anywhere. The convenience of the
internet is that it allows you to access the information you need instantly.

The internet also connects you to other people. This means you not only get
information, you also get to consult with the people who can help you with your
need. The internet will allow you to access all sorts of information about
iguanas and lizards. You can have information about their types, lives, how to
take care of them as pets, and other types of data which you may need.

The internet, however, also has its disadvantages. For one thing, many sites on
the internet offer information that is not verified by experts or professionals.
This means that you can't really be sure if the information about iguanas and
lizards that you got from the internet is actually reliable.

There are also people who place different types of malicious software on the
internet. These programs can cause some serious harm to your computer. This
means that you have to be extra careful if you are searching for information
about iguanas and lizards on the internet. 3) Pet stores -- pet stores are
great resources for finding different types of information about iguanas and
lizards. However, the information that you can get from these shops is limited
to information about caring for a pet iguana or lizard. Still, we're talking
about pretty valuable information here. Pet shop personnel may also be very
knowledgeable regarding lizards and iguanas so they may be able to help you a
lot. By going to a pet shop for information, you can be sure that you will get
the data you need to help you with an iguana or lizard in captivity.

Some Vital Considerations Posed on the Care for Iguana Cantina

The iguanas are among the most well-known reptiles which are often purchased
from the leading pet shops all over United States. The iguana can grow in
almost any type of climate and could utterly measure between four to six feet
in terms of its length and from ten to fifteen pounds in weight. When taken
captive, the iguanas can live a span of twelve to fifteen years and sometimes
up to twenty years provided that they are maintained to the fullest level.
Since the iguana cantinas are originally from the humid and hot environments,
it is rightful to assume that these reptiles are most active when the sun is
up. At times when danger is imposed on them, they can be expected to use their
defense mechanism tools such as their strong tails, nails, and jaws.

In their natural habitat, the iguana cantinas are spotted to be always hiding
from their predators. They have very strong senses of sight, hearing, and smell
and can easily detect the dangers abound. Most of today's youngsters and
teenagers buy iguanas out of severe impulse but then therefore disregarding the
vital facts about their proper care. As a general knowledge for everyone,
sufficient basics about the requirements for caring for an iguana must be taken
into consideration.

The Iguana's Indoor Housing Concerns

The young iguana cantina is able to live on an aquarium filled with thirty to
fifty gallons of water. But of course as they are properly fed with the
rightful diet, their growth would seem to advance in a matter of months. This
means that the aquarium size should be adjusted as well. The aquarium
enclosures come in a variety of styles and are either made out of plexiglass,
wood, or simple glass. The substrate to be used must be something that can help
you out easily. If you want to save, you can make use of newspapers. Among the
other cool choices are the indoor and outdoor carpeting, linoleum, and
artificial grass. Materials to avoid are soil, sand, and bark because they
commonly invite insects and pests to thrive in them. This will in turn cause
harm to your pets. The iguana habitat should be disinfected and cleaned two
times in a week. It is also important to set up pieces of rocks, branches,
broad limbs, or drift woods as climbing materials for the iguanas.

Water for their Habitat

Even the iguanas crave for water and this need of theirs should come handy.
Most of their water intake source comes from the plants which they come to
consume in their diets. When the iguanas are taken inside their tanks, they
love to drink water from the woods or leaves inside the cage. Bathing the
iguana is another good source of water intake into their bodies. This will
further train the reptile to be accustomed with the water. When bathing your
pet, lukewarm water must be used.

The Outdoor Sunlight for the Iguanas

Nothing can ever compare with the natural light coming from the sun. Sunlight
will make your pet iguana cantina healthier. In a week, the iguana must be
exposed to natural sunlight from five to ten hours. If you wish to place your
iguana in a cage outside of your home, you should ensure that cats, dogs, or
any other wild animals must not be present to pose danger on your pet.

The Essential Components of a Proper Iguana Cage

When people think about buying an iguana, different questions come to mind.
More often than not, one of these questions is: Where do I keep it? People then
try to find out the components of an iguana cage. If you are trying to find the
best iguana cage for your pet, here's a guide for you:

1) Size -- The first thing you want to know about is how big the iguana cage
has to be. Some people have the misconception that the cage will limit the size
of the iguana. This is not true. An iguana under ideal conditions will grow up
to 6 feet long. This means that you will need to have a huge iguana cage in
order to accommodate your pet. In fact, some people provide a whole room
instead of an iguana cage for their pets!

Of course, if you are not yet ready to provide this space for your iguana, you
could choose to delay until your iguana grows to its full size. However, the
iguana cage that you provide should be large enough to contain the activities
of your iguana. It should not cramp the animal in any way. If you choose to
wait until your iguana has grown to full size, you should at least prepare and
make plans for the time when you are going to need a bigger iguana cage.

2) Temperature -- an iguana is cold blooded. This means that they need to
regulate their body temperatures by making use of the environment. What are the
implications of this? This means that you need to provide different temperatures
in the iguana cage. This is so that the iguana can move from different spots to
properly regulate its body temperature. You should also try to include a source
of heat without light which will be used during the night time.

3) Humidity -- iguanas require high levels of humidity to live comfortably.
They are easily dehydrated because of the fact that iguanas aren't really
inclined to drink much. This is because the native habitats of iguanas have
high humidity and this keeps them from being dehydrated. Dehydration can lead
to kidney failure. This means that not having enough humidity can shorten the
life of your iguana. Another reason to keep your iguana cage humid is the fact
that humidity helps loosen skin. This means that an iguana will have an easier
time shedding skin if it is kept in a humid environment. If you wan to keep
your iguana healthy, you should provide an iguana cage that has a humidity of
65 to 75 percent of the air.

4) Lighting -- iguanas need a source of UVA and UVB light. Of course, the best
source that you can make use of is the sun. This does not mean that you should
place your iguana cage in a sunlit area. The glass or plastic of iguana cages
filter out the UV light much needed by iguanas for production of vitamin D3.
This vitamin helps in calcium consumption. This means that you need to let your
iguana bask in direct sunlight as much as possible. This helps in developing
strong bones and preventing Metabolic Bone disease which is a very common cause
of death among iguanas in captivity.

Other than the sun, your iguana cage should also include an artificial source
of UVA and UVB light. This is in order to make up for days when the sunlight is
not enough for your iguana

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