Tips for Habitats for Large Iguanas

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If you have a growing iguana, you may find that you need to construct a custom reptile cage for it. Adult iguanas get very big, so you’ll want to look around your house to find a convenient spot. You may want to build outside, or it may be easier for you to build in an empty room or the garage. You might even be able to make use of an unused closet.

It’s important that iguanas have lots of room to move about freely, and because they like to climb, they do best in a tall cage. Iguanas need a habitat that is at minimum one and half times as long as the iguana, and the depth of the habitat should be equal to the iguana’s length. Adult iguanas should have a home that’s six feet high at minimum, to allow them that room to climb. It’s also important that the home be kept at the proper temperature and humidity, and of course, it should be escape-proof.

For younger iguanas, it’s comparatively easy to cover a closet for use as an enclosure. Taking off the doors allows you put a screen or Plexiglas cover over the front. Of course, if you use Plexiglas, you’ll want to make sure that you allow for plenty of ventilation so as to avoid problems with overheating. Variables like temperature and humidity are easier to control in an enclosed spot like a closet, and the area over the rod can be closed off with screen to provide a spot for the UV and basking lights.

If your iguana is more than four feet in length, you may be best off building him an outdoor enclosure. As long as you live in a warmer climate, iguanas can do quite well outside, but if they will need to be protected from low temperatures when the the weather gets colder. It may help to have an indoor area, like a garage to use in cooler months. An advantage of outdoor enclosures is that it allows your iguana the opportunity to bask in natural UV rays from the sun, which is so important for it’s health. If you use your imagination, you can find many other solutions for providing a habitat for your adult iguana. These are just a couple of ideas to get you started, remember there are plenty of ways to make your pet comfortable with your own customizing ideas. Don’t forget that your pet will live a longer and much healthier life if it has a proper habitat.

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2 thoughts on “Tips for Habitats for Large Iguanas

  • by Patricia Fale

    I am haveing a huge problem with finding an afforadable habitat for my godzilla. She is 7 years old and I have had her since she was a baby. She is now in a 150 gal fish tank with proper lighing and a large pool. She has gotten to be over 4’long and before I could figue out how to get a better habit for her she broke her tail and now it has to be aputated $600.00. I have already spent $500 at the vet for her. I want to get a new hapitat in place before her surgery and can’t find anything suitable. My husband is very handy and can make one if I knew what he should build. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

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