Iguana Pets – Are You Ready To Have an Iguana as a Pet?

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Many people think that having an iguana would be pretty cool, and they’re right! Iguanas are fun and interesting pets to have.  But some people also think that iguanas are an easy to care for pet, and that they’re low maintenance.  In this case, they’re quite wrong.  Like all pets, iguanas have basic needs and health requirements.

So what does it take to care for an iguana as a pet?

  • Love – The most important thing is that you plan on loving your pet, and doing what’s right for it.   If you love your pet, it’s only natural that you’ll make every effort to care for it to the best of your ability.  That’s why loving your iguana is the basic requirement of an iguana pet owner.
  • Patience – Iguanas take a long time to tame.  You can’t expect a new pet iguana to automatically be tamed and friendly,  trust will only come with time and patience.  You’ll have to persevere to train it properly.
  • Commitment – speaking of time, you must be committed to caring for your iguana day in and day out for a very long time.  Iguanas live for up to 20 years, and you must be dedicated to taking care of it every day, and to providing it with the required food and habitat necessary for a pet that will grow quite large.
  • Finances – Iguana care can become quite expensive.  Food, a large habitat, special lighting and other supplies are necessary for an iguanas health and well-being.  If your pet becomes sick, you’ll need to be able to take it to the veterinarian.  While an iguana may seem like an inexpensive pet to buy,  the costs of caring for it can really mount up.
  • Willingness to Learn – If you want to have a pet iguana, you should really be willing to learn everything you can about caring for them properly.  You’ll need to spend the time necessary to read up on everything you can about their needs.
  • Time – If you’re very busy with other things, will you have the time to properly care for your iguana?  It will need to be fed every day.  It’s habitat will need to be maintained and cleaned. The iguana itself needs to be trained and handled so it will be social and friendly. It may need the occasional bath or shower to stay clean and hydrated.

So, before you decide to invest in an iguana as a pet, it’s best to think carefully as to whether you are able to provide all of the above.  If you’re sure that you can… Welcome to the world of iguanas!  And if you’re ready to learn everything there is to know about caring for these fascinating pets, click here to download the Iguana Survival Guide Free Report.

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