Sunday, January 15, 2012

Have you ever considered having Iguanas as a pet

Green Iguanas are one of the more popular lizards for people to have as pets. Iguanas need love, like a dog or a cat. Iguanas vary in color from light green to a young age to a dull, gray-green color as they get older. They have good senses of hearing, smell, excellent eyesight and can see long distances, shapes, shadows, colors and movement.

Their skin is rough, with a set of pointy scales along the back and has long fingers and claws to help them climb and grasp at things .. Iguanas, like other pets (dogs, cats, etc.) have different personalities and dispositions.They is usually relaxed and generally like their own things, they are very attentive and inquisitive animals. Such as lizards and snakes are cold-blooded reptiles, the Iguana to create and maintain their own body heat by finding an area that is sunny and warm sunshine to bask in. A candle is an important part in maintaining a healthy iguana.


Iguanas will try to flee when threatened by a predator, but if pushed they will expand and dewlap under its neck, stiffen and puff their bodies and Bob their heads to the aggressor. Adult iguanas, a deep grunting or hissing sound as a warning and protest if they feel threatened by a predator.

A frightened iguana generally lash tail biting (the iguana has a series of sharp serrated teeth) and use its claws in self-defense. Iguanas can drop to 40 feet and land without getting hurt. They use their hind claws to grasp branches or leaves to break their fall. Sneezing is a common feature of iguanas, which is quite normal. This is one way they rid their bodies of certain salts. Healthy PET iguanas can live 20 + years.


Green Iguanas are primarily herbivores (plant eaters), there are diet consists of fresh green plants and vegetables like mustard greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, romaine lettuce, dandelion, kale, or (especially adults). The younger iguanas diet can include insects and plants. With access to clean water is vital to their health.

Housing - Cages:

Iguanas can grow to very large sizes as they grow older. Some can be as large as 7 meters. As adults, they require a very large cage (or a whole room). You can cage a producer involved in iguana cage or you can create your own. There are many sites on the Internet with cage plans for those who wish to construct their own iguana cage. An iguana cage should be at least twice the length of the Iguana and have at least 6 feet tall.

The width of the cage should be at least 3 feet or half of the Iguana length. The larger the cage the better. Housing needs good lighting, heat and humidity devices, but also climbing equipment. Because iguanas are susceptible to certain types of bacterial infections of the skin and digestive tract, cages and housing must be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

Iguanas considered exotic animals, so some states, counties and cities have laws and ordinances against keeping iguanas as pets. Also, many apartments and town homes do not allow pets or only certain pets. Check before you buy an iguana as a pet.

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