Interesting Information about Green Iguanas

Green iguanas are a type of reptile commonly found in all parts of Central and South America, from Mexixo to Brazil and even over on the Caribbean Islands. There is no proof that the creature is endangered, although it is very often hunted for food.  The green iguana is a delicacy in some cultures, especially in areas of high poverty – it’s sometimes known by the name ‘tree chicken’.

The Physical Appearance of the Green Iguana

Fully grown green iguanas are usually from four to six feet in length, including the tail.  The tail actually makes up a good half of the full body length. While green is the dominant color of the iguanas they can range from a bright emerald green to a dull muddy greenish-brown. You’ll so note that the iguanas have distinctive black markings along their body. Being reptiles, iguanas have scales, which in this case are a bit pointed making their skin rough textured.  They have long toes and claws on their feet which facilitates climbing in the trees where they spend most of their time.

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What is the Green Iguana Habitat Like?

Green iguanas are typically from the tropical rainforest areas, specifically in areas with lower altitudes and accessible water resources like streams and rivers. They’ll spend most of their time up in the trees, at about forty to fifty feet high above the ground.

The Adaptations of the Green Iguana

Apart from the claws and long toes mentioned above, green iguanas have various other adaptations for the life they live. They have incredibly keen senses of hearing, sight and smell, which help them detect and avoid predators. The long tail mentioned earlier is used for balance in the trees, and is also a great defense mechanism. The end of the tail is thin and sharp, and the iguana swings it like a whip when it feels threatened. Like many lizards, iguanas can drop their tail if it is grabbed by a predator, allowing the iguana to escape. The tail will eventually grow back in most cases.

Iguanas have very tough skin, allowing them to avoid scratches and cuts as they move through the branches of the trees. Their green coloring and markings help them blend into the leaves and shadows.  If detected by a predator, the iguana can jump down quite a long distance without being injured.  They are also excellent swimmers, and can dive into a stream to escape.

Making A Bearded Dragon Vivarium For A Happy, Healthy Pet

I found this article on bearded dragons, and thought it might be of interest to some of my readers – while bearded dragons aren’t iguanas, they do share some of the same needs, especially in their habitat. Bearded dragons are smaller than green iguanas, so can live in a much smaller cage.  If you’re looking for a home for your bearded dragon, the cages found at our online store will work great – as will a lot of the accessories, like heating lamps.

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Bearded dragons can make fun and interesting pets. But, before you rush out and get one, there are a lot of things to consider, and a lot of other items you need to have before bringing your new pet home. One of the most important things you need is a bearded dragon enclosures for your pet to live in. It’s important to create a home close to that of their native habitat.

If you’ve done some research, you know that your beardie will be about two feet long when fully grown. This means that its home should be at least twice as long to provide adequate living space. The enclosure also needs to be tall enough to prevent the animal from climbing or jumping out. You are going to need a habitat that is about the size of a 20- or 50-gallon aquarium and this takes up considerable space. The enclosure also needs to be in a relatively quiet area, free of loud noise and where there will not be light 24 hours a day. Like all animals, your pet needs dark periods of time and loud noises will cause it to stress which can cause illness.

Many kinds of enclosures are suitable for housing your pet. An aquarium will work well and generally don’t cost a lot. There are also those that are wood on three sides with a glass front and wire lid. Wire enclosures are also worth a look as they are lightweight. The most important factors are that your bearded dragon will have plenty of room, has a spot to stay warm, and the enclosure must be escape proof so the animal can’t slip out and run off.

Coming from the grasslands of Australia your bearded dragon needs an environment that is somewhat desert-like. The substrate, or flooring, of their habitat should be a mixture of dirt and sand if you wish to provide a natural floor. Pet stores also sell carpet-like flooring that is easy to maintain, as well as other suitable materials. Some people simply use heavy-duty paper for easier clean up. Whichever flooring you choose, be sure that is won’t aggravate the animals feet and won’t cause illness if ingested.

Aside from food, the most important thing your beardie needs is a way to get warm. It is also important that you provide a source of light and ultra violet rays so your reptile can stay healthy. A heat lamp is the best way to provide a source of warmth. There are also specially designed heating pads that lie under the substrate. A thermometer is also important so you can be sure that the habitat remains within a comfortable temperature range.

Your bearded dragon also needs a dish for water and another for food. You will find many types of dishes for this purpose at the pet store but you may find something suitable, and less expensive, around your home. A water dish needs to be shallow, sturdy and non-tip. You don’t want it dumping out or tipping over on top of your pet. A food dish can be most anything as long as your pet can reach the food inside. Remember that your beardie is an omnivore and will enjoy a variety of fruits, vegetables, mealworms and live crickets to chase down.

Your pet also requires some furnishings for its home to provide interest and exercise. A few flat rocks should be placed under the heat lamp to provide a nice basking place for warming up. Some other rocks, rope, vines or logs for climbing should also be included. You might also include some plants. Just be sure that everything you put in the vivarium is safe for your pet if they decide to eat it.

Setting up your bearded dragon vivarium can be a fun activity, and you get to do it again each time you clean it. Moving items around can create interest and mental stimulation for your pet. Knowing what your pet requires for a comfortable home environment and meeting those needs will help you keep a healthy, happy animal. Purchase a small book on bearded dragon care to have on hand for reference and for answering questions you may have as your pet grows.

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Iguanas – What are They?

Iguanas are a type of lizard.  They are one of the most popular of the so-called exotic pets today. In fact, you can easily find iguanas at most pet shops for a fairly low price. The iguanas that are sold in these pet shops are usually very young juveniles. People see them and think that they’re cute, plus they’re so small it’s assumed they must be easy to care for.  But the truth is they grow bigger – MUCH bigger – and have a tendency to become aggressive if not tamed and handled often from a young age.

Iguanas can be a good pet but like any other pets they need proper feeding and care. To understand the proper way to care for iguanas, it is important that you have knowledge of the basic nature of iguanas, their feeding habits, their habitat, and other issues relevant to their lives.

Iguanas belong to the family of lizards. Specifically they are a member of the family Iguanidae. They are deemed to be an invasive species that are mostly found along the shores of Gasparilla Island and the coastline of the gulf of Florida. They are commonly seen in the beach and attics of houses. But generally speaking, iguanas thrive best in the wilds especially in deserts and rain forests.

There are various species of iguana. They normally vary depending on the environment in which they live. Some iguanas dwell in dry lands while others make their home in rain forests. Some are even found in the sea. These iguanas are called marine iguanas.  By and large, iguanas are classified into four major kinds namely: marine iguana, green iguana, blue iguana and lesser Antillean iguana.  In terms of the food they eat, iguanas are known as herbivores. They feed on leaves, fruits, and other parts of plants.

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Iguanas have different features and behavior. In essence, a male iguana looks and acts in a different way compared to a female iguana.  In terms of territorial behavior, a male iguana will fight tooth and nail with other male iguanas even if their life is at risk. They do this to win supremacy over the territory. A male iguana will find other males and wage in war. Just like humans, the male iguanas have ego, they want to be the only powerful male iguana in a certain territory. They seek out for other males to declare war and mate with females.

Other things that are important to know about iguanas is that they are arboreal. This means they dwell in trees and it’s just natural for them to like to climb.  A pet iguana will do best in a habitat that is tall enough to let them climb, and has branches or shelves up high on which they can stretch out and bask.

All in all, if you want to keep an iguana as a pet, you have to take into consideration the do’s and don’ts of caring for them. The cage of your pet iguana should be cleaned well regularly. And also the cage must be very big. In addition, you have to take into account that your pet iguana should have the appropriate kind of lighting, a supply of heat and water. They should be fed on a daily basis. It is important to feed them properly so as to keep them on good physical shape. And most importantly, the iguana should be taken to the vet for a checkup at least once a year. When you have understood all these things, then you’re ready to house an iguana.

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The Pros and Cons of Pet Iguanas

Find Out Why the Green Iguana Makes a Great Pet

Lizards are becoming very popular exotic pets, with the most common of these lizards being the iguana. There are many different types of iguanas, with the Green Iguana being the most popular. One thing that attracts buyers of Green Iguanas, is that pet stores sell them quite cheaply. However, they might not be as easy to care for as you might think.

The Green Iguana is found in Central America, South America and Mexico. It generally lives in and around trees and plants, and is more active throughout the day time. When getting a Green Iguana it is important to know that it can grow to around 5-6 feet in length and can weigh up to 15 pounds – as you will need to take this into consideration when choosing the iguanas housing. Also, iguanas are solitary animals, and should be kept separate as they could attack each other. When Green Iguanas are fully grown, they can become aggressive towards you at certain times of the year, so be careful of this.

Choosing your housing for your Green Iguana can be difficult as they need a very large space to live, especially when they are adults. When they are young and growing, they will need at least a 20 gallon glass tank. As they get older and grow bigger you will need to find somewhere bigger. There is a myth that iguanas will only grow as big as their surroundings. This isn’t true and they will keep growing no matter what their housing size is.

Iguanas must have UV light in their cage in order to survive, as this will help keep their skin healthy. The UV light should be kept on around 12 hours per day. Since they are from hot countries, the iguana’s home should also be at the right temperature. Having the correct temperature helps the Green Iguana with digestion so it will grow and will keep its immune system healthy. Make sure the tank doesn’t get too hot to where it might burn the iguana. Also, the iguana needs humidity, therefore don’t let the heat dry the tank out.

The Green Iguana has a strict diet and should only be fed certain foods. They are herbivore animals in the wild, therefore they live off of plants and leaves. You should feed your pet iguana a mixture of vegetables and fruit which has been chopped up into small pieces, as well as dark greens such as dandelions. Unlike what some people may think, you do not feed the Iguana insects such as crickets or other food such as mice, as this can damage them and cause disease.

Green Iguanas can be a very interesting exotic pet to own, as long as you can provide it with all of the necessary needs. This includes making sure it has the right housing needs, and the right dietary needs. Failure to do this could lead to expensive vet bills, so take this into account when buying your Green Iguana.

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Tips on Buying Iguana Enclosures

If you’re a new iguana owner, you might be in for quite a surprise when you realize just how much attention and maintenance these exotic pets require. Many new exotic pet owners are not aware of how difficult, costly and time-consuming it can be to take care of reptiles, namely iguanas. Iguanas have a reputation for being a good pet if you like reptiles, and most people are not keen on all of the major things you need to consider to ensure he lives a long, healthy and happy life.

The cage or enclosure is the most important aspect of taking care of an iguana. Without a proper cage, your reptile will not live for very long, and the time he is alive will not be enjoyable. It is vital that you think about the following things before and after you buy an iguana enclosure:

The size. A lot of new pet owners do not realize just how big iguanas can get when they are full-grown. There is a common misconception that if you keep an iguana in a small enclosure, it will not grow to it’s full length. This can be a very unfortunate mistake as the iguana will soon find himself cramped to the point of feeling trapped and abused. When you go to buy an enclosure, make sure it’s nice and big. A small one is fine for juveniles and hatchlings, but in the long run, it’s ‘the bigger the better.’

Get foliage. Iguanas are arboreous reptiles, which means they live high up in the branches of trees. You can buy an enclosure that comes complete with branches or other things he can climb, or you can simply put something in there yourself. As long as there is something for your iguana to climb on, it will make him feel like he’s in a more natural environment, which should make him happy.

Regulate heat, humidity, and lighting. It is possible to find iguana cages that come with heat lamps, but most people go and buy them separately. Reptiles can’t regulate their body temperature and have to rely on external heat sources like the sun and hot rocks. Getting heat lamps will simulate the heat from the sun and help it live a much healthier life. You’ll need to make sure your iguana enclosure maintains a high humidity setting–at least 75%–to ensure he lives a healthy life. Additionally, you’ll also need to provide a source of full spectrum lighting as this is another important aspect to an iguana’s health.

If you keep these things in mind, and you shop around and compare models and prices, you should have little trouble finding and maintaining the best enclosure possible for your pet iguana.

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Is An Exotic Pet Really What You Want?

You like gourmet food, weekend trips to Paris, and custom made clothes. It stands to reason that you also have exotic taste when it comes to selecting the perfect pet. There are a number of things to consider before taking the plunge.

Exotic pets include rodents, birds and reptiles – in fact any wild animal is categorized as exotic if it is not naturally found in homes. Their natural habitat is not a house, and taking them out of the wild can create problems.

To some, this type of animal may sound like the perfect accessory to your stylish home, but they are also living beings that can be difficult to manage and maintain. In some instances, they can even attack their owners or others with whom they come into contact.

How to Feed and Care for your Exotic Pet

A typical diet for a common house pet is easily satisfied by a trip to the supermarket. This is not the case for exotic animals that are bred in the wild and feed off whatever they can find or capture that day. Many wild animals eat a great deal more food than a typical house pet. They eat to survive in the wilderness so the amount of food that you consider to be reasonable, may not nourish your new pet.

Your local veterinarian probably has little experience with exotic pets, who often have exotic illnesses. Finding a specialist who can treat a sick exotic pet may involve travel and considerable expense.

The Legalities of Keeping Exotic Pets

There are laws governing ownership of exotic pets, and they differ depending on your location. You may need a permit or special license, so do some research before you go out and buy your pet.

Often the local regulations include specifications for keeping the exotic animal confined within your property. You will be responsible for ensuring that the animal is securely enclosed and cannot escape. This is to prevent a once timid animal from becoming disoriented and frightened if lost, often causing them to lash out and injure neighbors and their pets. Because there is a demand for these animals, they are available to the public. In fact, there is a lucrative black market for them too. Just because you can own an exotic pet, does not necessarily mean you should. Not only is it unfair to take them out of their natural environment, it can be an onerous task to take proper care of them. Give the idea a lot of thought before you get an exotic pet.

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The Advisable Housing for your Gecko

One of the qualities of people is that they’re caring to their fellows. People are also big animal lovers so it is a pretty normal set-up if you will see a dog or cat in their household. It is also a normal set-up to treat their pets as like a family member. Dogs are preferred by some people because they pose as wonderful house companions especially for their little ones. On the other hand, cats are favored because of their charming nature towards their owners. While fishes pose as attractive ornaments in lifeless ponds and water gardens. Some people are also bizarre in terms of choosing the animal they will have as pet. Some chooses snakes while some adores reptiles like frogs and lizards.

Now on the list of the reptiles which can be considered as pets, the leopard gecko is the gentlest one. Usually, teenage boys and young adults are the kind of people who take care of this lizard. But due to its gentle and placid nature, some women have learned to love it too. The leopard gecko is a type of lizard that survives in places with warm temperature. This lizard earned its name because its skin patterns closely resemble the pattern of a leopard. Since it is small in size and contented in a place with abundant supply of daily needs, it is one of the easiest to take care in the land of reptiles. However, it is also important to remember the fact that preservation and safeguarding the gecko will add to its survival years and adaptation.

In choosing the best artificial habitat for the gecko, it really is the preeminent idea to keep it looking as natural as possible. This is to make the leopard gecko feel that they are still in their natural habitat when in fact it’s just an artificial house. There are some tips that people can follow in order to be able to have the resemblance as close as possible. One of the first tips is to purchase a glass aquarium. The aquarium should be big enough for the gecko to live in. And the good thing about it is that since it is clear glass, the owner will be able to see what his or her pet is doing. You can while away the time by just looking at each other. Just remember that if you have any intentions of getting additional pet lizard, you should buy a bigger aquarium. Regardless of how gentle they are, they have the tendency of acquiring health issues or are stressed when in contact with too many geckos.

For beginners, one important thing to remember is to keep one leopard gecko at a time. It is not advisable to purchase a whole lot and then you’ll be squishing them in in a little container. You can purchase a bigger one or placed them each in separate aquariums. A glass aquarium is the best artificial habitat for it. Since this is glass, you’ll be able to see the things that your pet is doing.

It is also important for the said gecko to have a hiding place. It makes him feel more secure in the place that they’re living in. And when choosing a material to pose as the hiding spot, it could be an old branch of the tree, an old rock, an old dish, or a flower. It will also help if the aquarium has a cooler spot and not just warm. This is because the lizard also needs to regulate its body temp.

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Iguana Supplies – Some Accessories You Should Include In Iguana Habitats

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There are a few things that an iguana habitat must provide in order for your iguana to survive: controlled temperature and humidity, proper lights for heat and UV rays, and of course enough space for your iguana to be comfortable. But these are really just the basics for survival – to really thrive, your iguana will need a few other things for it’s comfort and health. If you want your iguana to have the healthiest possible life, you’ll need to accessorize it’s habitat with the following:

1) Substrates – Substrates compose the surface of the iguana habitat. In choosing a substrate for your iguana habitat, you should remember the fact that iguanas constantly flick their tongues. This habit allows your iguana to process different types of information about their environment. You should not use anything small like wood chips, sand, or gravel as a substrate because of this reason. Anything that sticks to the tongue of the iguana is likely to be eaten. Sand and gravel can be very dangerous to the iguana if they are ingested. This goes for any particulate materials.

Instead of these materials, you might try blank news stock or some other non-toxic paper. Another common substrate is indoor/outdoor carpet, or artificial turf. Many people prefer using linoleum tiles for the ease in cleaning.

2) Basking and climbing accessories – Iguanas are arboreal. In the wild, iguanas spend most of their time up on trees. This means that you need to provide some sort of climbing material in your iguana habitat. Try including some shelves in an iguana habitat to simulate branches of trees.

If you include branches in your iguana habitat, you should provide some that are big enough for your iguana to lie on comfortably. You should also cover them with some sort of material that will help them in climbing. One option is to cover the branches with carpeting. The branches will also serve as basking places for your iguana. These spots are where your iguana will go to in order to relax.

3) Food and water dishes – you should provide your iguana with dishes for food and water. Although iguanas are not really inclined to drink often, it is still important that you provide them with a source of fresh water daily.

Iguanas love to soak in a water dish, so you should provide one that’s just the right size for your pet. It should be big enough so that the iguana won’t tip it over when getting in and it should be shallow enough so that the iguana won’t drown. You should also realize that after soaking, an iguana usually likes to poop in the water. This means that you will have the responsibility to change the water in the dish and sanitize it regularly.

4) Hiding places – like all of us, there are some times that an iguana will just want to be left alone. For this, they’ll need to have a safe hiding spot in their habitat. There are a variety of solutions – caves, logs, large rocks, even natural looking foliage; anything that provides a shelter for the iguana to hide behind.

When you add these accessories to your iguana habitat, you can be sure that your iguana will be living in a very ideal enclosure. This means that your iguana’s health and well-being will be secured.

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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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Tame Iguanas Make Happy Owners

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Owning exotic pets is a fascinating hobby, and can also be a challenging one.  Iguanas as a pet come with their own challenges, and one of the biggest is taming your iguana.   Most of us are familiar with having domesticated pets like dogs or cats that readily accept people.  But iguanas are a wild creature, and are not born tame.  They are a prey animal, which means other animals eat them – so it is instinctual for them to be skittish and afraid of other animals that they feel may pose a threat to them.  This includes their owner.

However, it IS possible to tame your iguana, and teach it to accept your touch.  With time and patience, iguanas can be taught to accept having humans and even other pets around without them panicking or going into a defensive position of running and tail-whipping.   This video shows a perfect example of an iguana that has been very well tamed.

Taming your iguana will not only take a lot of patience, it also takes persistence – you’ll need to work with them on a daily basis.  The first thing to remember is that your iguana will see you as a predator initially, so you’ll want to try to minimize that appearance.  Don’t reach down to your iguana, and don’t lean over them in what may seem – to the iguana – like a threatening stance.  It’s better to be on the iguana’s and use a slow approach; avoid rapid movements.  Talk to your iguana, and let it get used to hearing your voice.

Before you ever actually touch your iguana, let it get accustomed to having your hands near it.  Use slow movements to change its water and feed, so it gets used to seeing your hands in its habitat.  After it seems calmer – which may take several days to a couple weeks – try giving it food from your hand.  While the iguana is eating its food, gently touch its back.

If you continue with daily interactions like this, always taking it slow and easy, you’ll soon start to see more and more acceptance from your iguana, and before you know it, you’ll be able to interact with your iguana with little or no apprehension on its part.  Good luck!

It’s always best to read up as much as you can on information about green iguanas, to learn how to tame and train them, how to handle them properly to avoid injury, and how to feed them correctly.   By taking proper care of your pet, you can enjoy its company for many happy years.

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