You just bought your first iguana, now what?
Iguanas can make a great pet under the right conditions. As juveniles, they tend to be super energetic, and through handling, they can become very calm. However, every iguana is different, and you should base your level of handling on the temperament of your iguana's personality. Our resident iguana Keith favors chin scratches loves being misted, and if you choose to hold him, will definitely try to perch on your shoulder.
We do not recommend housing Iguanas together as they prefer to be alone and are highly territorial. They love to bask in the sun/heat, and a tamed iguana could spend hours basking in a sunny spot in your home! Each iguana is so different, and they all have unique quirks that, over time, you'll be able to recognize and adapt to!
Essential Facts to Know:
- Iguanas should have yearly vet checkups
- Common issues include: Egg binding in females, parasites, kidney problems, and MBD (Metabolic bone disease)
- Many of these issues are preventable through proper diet, supplements, and cage conditions; however, sometimes still can happen, and regular vet visits will help you monitor your iguana's health!
- Iguanas are a large reptile, and their habitat will need to grow as they grow, with their adult habitat usually being custom built to your pet!
- Although a very popular pet in the reptile community, Iguanas need a lot of attention, care, and space to thrive properly in a home setting.
Before your iguana arrives home, take this time to ensure that its habitat is prepped and ready to go.
Iguanas such as Red & Green iguanas are arboreal and need lots of space to climb vertically. For this type of iguana, we would recommend a reptibreeze as one of their first enclosures.
For Iguanas that are arboreal at youth, but terrestrial as they age a cage that would work well for them would be a large Knock-Down Terrarium that allows both vertical and horizontal use.
- UVB Light
- Heat Lamp
- Vertical climbing space with branches & foliage
- We would personally steer clear of any small chips that can be digested
- Water System (Bowl, feature, mister, etc.)
Iguanas are herbivores and should eat a strictly vegetarian diet without protein as protein can cause damage to organs such as the Kidney.
Edited: March 23, 2022