…And Keeping It Healthy
Green iguanas have become the ‘cool’ pet to have lately. They are one of the most popular reptile pets, but many iguana owners are surprised at how big their little tiny iguana grows after a couple of short years. If you bought a little pet in the store with a cage and accessories his size, it doesn’t take long before none of it fits your pet anymore. If an iguana is healthy and cared for properly, they can and do grow quite large – up to 6 feet! So – how do you get a healthy iguana, and how do you keep it that way?
The first step is choosing a healthy juvenile iguana right from the start. While shopping for your new pet, look for lizards that are alert and active. Check the body carefully – make sure it has all its limbs! Also, make sure the iguana doesn’t look too think and that there is no sign of injury, scratches, bumps or lumps on it’s head, body, legs or tail.
If you watch carefully, you can see the difference between a healthy iguana and one that might not be healthy. Healthy iguanas are active and curious, with wide eyes and a flickering tongue. An ill iguana will often remain still, and might have dull eyes and skin color.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that an iguana that sits quietly in the cage without moving around will be easier to care for, and don’t pick an iguana that looks thin or sickly because you feel sorry for it. These are signs that the iguana might be less than healthy, and you can end up regretting your decision later.
Once you have a healthy iguana in your home, you’ll need to give it a safe and comfortable home in order to keep it that way. Smaller iguanas do well in an aquarium of around 30 gallons. I like aquariums for smaller iguanas because their less likely to be able to escape and also less chance of injury to delicate toes and noses.
When your pet outgrows its ‘starter home’, you’re best bet is to custom built a cage that will fit it when it’s full grown. That will prevent trauma caused by changing homes frequently. It doesn’t matter if the cage is larger than your iguana needs, it will eventually grow into it.
Your iguanas diet will play a huge role in determining how healthy your pet will be. The best diet contains lots of green leafy vegetables that provide the vitamins and minerals they need. Don’t give too many fruits, or your iguana can get obese and unhealthy.
Having a healthy iguana means that you have to take the responsibility for providing adequate care for your pet when it’s well, and getting vet care if your pet becomes sick. Your pet can bring you years of companionship if you take the time to consider each aspect of its proper care.