Iguanas As Pets
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Iguanas are good reptile pets and are very popular in the U.S. If you are considering bringing home this exotic creature, then this article will try to cover all the aspects related to iguanas as pets.
Iguanas are interesting pets that are adopted by many animal lovers. These cold-blooded creatures require pet care that is really difficult and needs a lot of attention. They are expensive pets and have very expensive needs. Iguanas as pets have very specific feeding and housing requirements. If a pet iguana is not cared for properly, he might end up at the vet's clinic and may also lose its precious life. Therefore, one should carefully consider all the points before bringing home an iguana as a pet.
You should gather all the information about your pet iguana before going in for iguana adoption. This will help you better when caring for iguanas as pets. There are a many types of iguanas as pets that you may consider before an iguana adoption. Let us know more about the common types of iguanas as pets. Types of Iguanas as Pets
The following types of iguanas as pets are considered to be commonly kept as pets. However, all of them require a strict diet and housing regiment. Let us learn more about iguanas as pets.Green Iguanas as Pets
The green iguana is the most commonly kept lizard as pet. Green iguanas as pets have specific requirements like any other pet. You need to keep house pet green iguana in a 30 gallon aquarium tank. You can choose from a variety of shapes, sizes and styles of enclosures made of wood or glass. You need to use newspapers, linoleum or artificial grass to cover the base of the enclosure. Do not fill the bottom of the enclosure with soil, sand or wood shavings as the animal may ingest it and develop tummy or digestive troubles. Place a clean dish of water and food in the enclosure and make sure it is cleaned regularly. Keep some long twigs, barks rocks or boards for the pet iguana to climb out of the enclosure.Light and Temperature Requirements of Green Iguana
Pet green iguanas are cold-blooded creatures, thus cannot regulate their body temperatures. You need to provide the green iguana with a heating pad kept under the enclosure. You should provide ample basking spot for the green iguana to sun bathe. If providing overhead light and heating source, make sure the temperature is about 90-100 degrees F. Turn on the heating and light source for 10-14 hours during the day and shut it down during the night. If you cannot provide natural sunlight to the pet green iguana, then artificial UV light source should be used. The UV light helps in Vitamin D production and thus calcium absorption in the iguana. But there is nothing better than natural UV source, that is, the sun for the exotic pet.Iguana Diet
Are you wondering what do iguanas eat? The green iguanas are herbivores and iguana diet should consist of green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, escarole, etc. You can also feed pet iguanas green peppers, frozen mixed vegetables, green beans. Fruits like banana, mangoes, apples are also relished by green iguanas. Provide clean water trays to iguanas for their consumption. Make sure their water trays are clean at all times to prevent bacterial infections. Never feed iguanas animal proteins, this may result in their death. Iguanas are strict herbivores and should be fed a strict vegetarian diet.Grooming and Handling of Green Iguanas
Bathe your green iguanas at least 3 times a week as it gives the animal a chance to obtain water and clean itself. Use lukewarm water in a shallow container when giving a bath to your pet iguanas. You need to train the iguana to become accustomed to be handled and by those around them regularly. Hold your pet iguana at least for 15 minutes 2 to 3 times daily. Stroke their backs and necks gently. Always be on alert as adult iguanas especially the males can be a little aggressive.Blue Iguanas as Pets
Blue iguanas are critically endangered species of lizards. They are the longest living species of lizards with an age span of up to 69 years. When happy, they display a deep turquoise blue color and green when cold or under stress. They have deep reddish brown iris and black skin around their scales on the body, heads, tails and dewlaps. Do not confuse baby green iguanas to be blue iguanas babies as they show a lot of blue colorings when they are hatching. After about a year, green baby iguanas lose their blue colors and turn the normal green iguanas. It is a crime to buy and sell endangered animals and refrain yourself from adopting iguanas that are rare. If you wish to get into a legal trouble as well enter these beautiful creatures into the long list of extinct animals, indulge in adopting these rare blue iguanas.Red Iguanas as Pets
Red iguanas as pets have similar requirements as that of green iguanas pets. Follow the instructions related to pet green iguana, if you are keen on adopting an iguana that is red in color.Desert Iguanas as Pets
Desert iguanas are residents of South Eastern California deserts in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, in Southwest Utah, Southern Nevada, Baja, California, South Central Arizona, Northwest Mexico, and the gulf of the Californian islands. The iguana diet consist of flowers and leaves of several dessert bushes. Thus, feed the desert iguanas with green leafy vegetables like mustard greens, dandelions, parsley and collard greens, fruits like banana and soft flowers. They tend to undergo burmation, that is, reptilian hibernation during the four to five months of winter. They find a hiding place and try to sleep till late February or March. They do not eat or drink during this time. Thus, try to soak your desert iguana pet for 15 minutes once a week in water. Be sure you are present near the desert iguana in water for all 15 minutes as the sleeping beauties can drown. Follow the other pet care instructions mentioned in green iguana as pets for your dessert iguana as pets.
Few species of iguanas are not allowed as pets under few state laws. Make sure you are aware of all the rules and regulations pertaining to iguanas as pets in your state. Iguanas grow long powerful tails with sharp spines, teeth and long claws. They can reach a size of up to 5-6 feet within 3 to 5 years of hatching when fed and given proper iguana diet. They can live up to 10-15 years, thus before adopting iguanas, make sure you assess your long term plans. Many irresponsible owners abandon their pet iguanas on highways and countrysides as they cannot take care of them any longer. This is too bad for the poor creature, who finds it difficult to fend for itself, after a period under human care. These pet iguanas eventually succumb under their misfortune. Or else they end up at animal shelters waiting for someone responsible enough to care for them. Bring home an iguana as a pet only after you have thoroughly researched about the animal and its pet care. Keeping an iguana as a pet may burn a hole in your pockets. After considering all the above mentioned points, decide if you still want to have iguanas as pets.