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Essential Care Tips for Keeping Iguanas as Pets

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Iguanas are great pets if you are willing to invest the time and research necessary to meet their special needs. This guide highlights some of the most important aspects of keeping a pet iguana healthy and happy.

DO: Be prepared for growth

Pet shop iguanas are commonly sold when they are tiny and adorable.

These creatures do not stay that way for long; they grow rapidly, reaching 4 to 5 feet in length over the course of three years. A 55-gallon tank is sufficient for a baby iguana, but be prepared to invest in something much larger. Ensure that the size of the enclosure is two to three times the length of your pet and three times its height.

DO: Feed your pet properly

Iguanas get 80 percent of their daily water in the wild from the foliage and other plant matter they consume. This means that store-bought, dried iguana food is not the best choice when it comes to feeding your pet. Instead, feed your iguana a number of leafy greens that are suitable for human consumption. Variety is key, so make sure your pet receives at least four or five different types of foliage on a monthly basis.

DON'T: Ignore vet visits

Just because these creatures are not common pets does not mean that they never need to see a vet. Newly imported iguanas sometimes arrive with internal parasites and skin mites that are not only dangerous for the health of your pet, but are potentially problematic for you as well. Use online resources to find a local veterinarian to care for your reptile's needs.

DON'T: Allow your iguana to roam free

Countless movies depict pet iguanas roaming freely in characters' houses. Though this concept is appealing, an unsupervised iguana is not only destructive to a house, but also to itself. Left alone, an iguana is capable of tearing drapes, eating foreign objects and stubbing its nose, feet or tail. Always keep an eye on a lizard that is not in its cage.

Never hesitate to take your pet iguana to the vet if it displays any strange behavior. The stoic iguana often hides illnesses until it is too late.

 

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