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How to Care for a Pet Iguana

Iguanas make the perfect pets for people who do not like much animal training involved. These creatures do not need regular walks or potty training. However, this does not mean that responsibility is no longer an issue. Proper iguana care is still very necessary. Before you get a pet iguana, there are several factors that you have to take into consideration.


Housing, for instance, is really important. Depending on the size of the iguana, you should opt for a tank or a terrarium. Make sure that the housing is at least three times the height and length of the iguana; big enough to make room for it as well as its essentials. Keep in mind that iguanas like to climb, and they grow fast. They can actually grow for as long as seven feet, so you may want to consider a really high and long shelter. You should also place logs inside.


Do not think that keeping them in smaller cages at first is a good idea. This would actually be more expensive in the long run. So, if you are planning to get a pet iguana, see to it that you have already prepared a large tank or terrarium. If you have an extra room in your home, you may renovate it to serve as the room of your iguana. Also, do not forget to place a cover on the floor of your petís housing. This should be made from a material that cannot be eaten by the iguana.


Of course, you should clean the shelter of your pet regularly. Wipe the floor covering and remove the feces scattered around. In addition, you should make sure that you set the temperature inside the shelter correctly. Proper iguana care requires ensuring that the iguana lives comfortably in its shelter, so you should mimic nature. One side of its housing should be cool while the other should be warm to mimic daytime and nighttime temperatures.


You can use a ceramic heat emitter, a radiant heat panel, or an infrared light to maintain heat during the night. You can also use a regular heating pad on the sleeping spot of your iguana. Use a thermometer to set one side between 26.6?C and 31.1?C and the other side between 23.8?C and 26.6?C. Just donít use heat caves, hot rocks, or sizzle stones as these can hurt the iguana. Moreover, remember that iguanas like to bask in the sun.


Hence, you should make sure that sunlight can pass through the tank or terrarium. Place the housing in an area that receives ample amounts of sunlight. If this is not possible, you can buy an artificial light source. Consider buying an ultraviolet light, an incandescent light, a basking light, or a tract lighting reflector bulb from a pet store. Turn on the lights at the same time the sun rises in your state. Likewise, you should turn off the lights when the sun comes down.


When it comes to food, you can give your iguana some vegetables and fruits. Kale, turnips, carrots, apples, cilantro, lettuce, and sweet potatoes are ideal options. Fresh water should also be generously given. With proper iguana care, your pet can live up to twenty long years.



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