Caring for an Iguana

Have you been considering getting an iguana? These beautiful lizards are fascinating to watch, and can make fun, interesting pets. Iguanas do need a lot of care, however. A Covington, GA vet discusses basic iguana care in this article.

Housing

When you bring your pet home, he may be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but your little dinosaur will grow quite large, and could eventually get up to seven feet long. While a tank may be fine for a baby iguana, adults need quite a bit more room than that. You’ll need to either build an enclosure, or possibly give your pet his own bedroom. Iggy’s ‘room’ will need suitable flooring, such as linoleum. You’ll also need to provide your scaled pal with climbing branches, a hidey-hole, and dishes. (Tip: when shopping for your iguana’s dinnerware, get heavy bowls, so he doesn’t knock them over.)

Environment

Iguanas have some specific lighting needs. Your pet will need both UVA and UVB lights. Your reptilian pal will also need his habitat to be kept within a specific temperature range. During the day, that should be between 80 and 90°F. At night, the temperature should not drop below 75°F. You’ll need to set up your pet’s environment so that one end is a little cooler than the other way. That way, Iggy can regulate his temperature by moving back and forth. Keep in mind that this equipment will take some power to run, so your electric bills may increase.

Diet

Iggy is a strict vegetarian. Feeding your scaled pal will be a bit more complicated than simply popping open a can of food. You’ll need to offer your pet a variety of leafy greens, like dandelion greens, endive, watercress, and mustard greens. Iggy will also need small amounts of fresh fruit and more colorful veggies. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Bathtime

Iguanas need regular baths. You’ll need to let Iggy soak in a few inches of lukewarm water several times a week. Be sure to supervise your reptilian friend’s swimming sessions closely.

Veterinary Care

Iggy will need to see the vet regularly. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. You’ll also want to get some specific advice on your scaled pal’s health and care.

Do you have questions or concerns about iguana care? Contact us, your Covington, GA animal clinic, today!