Iguana Care

08/19/2010

Have you wondered what it would be like to raise and take care of an Iguana ? Do you know what it will take to take care of one ? Do you know how many different species of  Iguana that there are ?

To take care of an iguana`s health is quite a simple process once you have have obtained all the necessary equipment.Most of the things you are going to need should ideally be brought prior to the purchase of your iguana,things such as a good sized vivarium, that will allow for future growth and room for it to move around, a heat mat,for night time heat ,the required lighting , Iguanas need UVA and UVB light to produce vitamin D3  the best source of this being natural sunlight , a good food supplement and a balanced diet,thermometre and two bowls, for clean water and  for food.
As long as you have a good understanding of what it`s needs will be,which can easily be sourced by a simple search on the internet-  there should be no reason why your pet iguana can`t  get everything that it will need for a healthy and vigorous life . Show your iguana you care,they are the same as all animals – and will feel happier if well cared for !

We will try to supply you with as much of the knowledge as you will need to supply the  care  your iguana will need during its life with you,its new found owner !


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The Signs  of Metabolic Bone Disease

Some of the abnormal signs and symptoms include knobs on legs or spine, softening of the jaw (aka “rubber jaw”) which will make chewing difficult, twitches in limbs, weakness, abnormal walking and lethargy. The iguana’s color may fade. In the latter stages, the iguana will stop eating and will not even be interested in his favorite foods.

Prevention

A good UVB bulb should be on throughout the day to help him metabolize his diet and absorb plenty of calcium. The bulb should be changed twice per year. The heat lamp needs to be on day and night to help keep the temperature around 85 degrees  celcius.

There  diet should be  of staple foods – mustard greens, dandelion greens, escarole and other foods to add  colour and nutrients,vary the diet so you are sure theres also a variety of nutrients.

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Iguana`s are generally daytime animals and are very timid by nature.When they feel threatened they will move there head up and down and try to make themselves look bigger,but mostly and when ever possible,they will try to climb up a tree to avoid the danger ! When setting up your vivarium this must be taken into account,with something provided for your lizard to climb and perhaps a covered place where he will be able to hide away from whatever has disturbed him. Mostly they will try to keep themselves basking under the sun or uv light,so a nice place to bask,like a rock or even clay flower pot will also be needed to keep your lizard happy.

Your lizard will thrive on a varied and fresh diet and will respond well to being handled,if handled in the proper manner.

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If you are now comfortable handling your iguana,it may be time to think about cleaning him-
You will need to put enough water in the tub you are using to cover him about half way up,he should be able to stand up rather than having to swim to keep afloat.Tepid water should be used,or close to the body temperature,which should be about 27 celcius.Dont leave him in the water to long as his body temperature
will lower with the waters.Never pour water,either hot or cold,directly on to the lizard unless this is something both you and your lizard are used to.If scared on the first few occasions,you will have problems in the future
cleaning him

Origin of the Green Iguana-

Iguana Iguana found in  Central America  can grow up to 6ft and have been none to weigh as much

as 20 lbs and where as they may live for 20 years in captivity ,it should also been known that left in

their natural enviroment can live for  over 80 years.Apart from having great climbing skills,and a

long tail,for defense, it also has a third eye,at the top of its head.

The female iguana lay`s  up to 30  eggs but usually this will be in numbers of between 10-20 .

Green iguanas originate from the rain forests of north Mexico and southeastern Brazil- where the temperature and the humidity are high. Iguanas live most of the time up in  trees,where  they bask in the sun. They eat over 50 different kinds of leaves, flowers, or fruit. Their captive environment must replicate this as much as possible.Try to buy organic products,or better still grow your own.

Green iguanas are egg layers,and they can grow up to 6 feet in length and weigh about 18 pounds. Properly looked after, they could easily  live 15 years or so.

Iguanas are omnivorous,meaning  they eat both vegetation products and insects  . This mainly depends on the age of the iguana-where as a young iguana will eat insects an older one will mostly likely only eat vegetables and salad.

Meat is  hard for an iguana’s  digestive system to digest, putting pressure on the ‘ kidneys. Eventually, causing the reptile to have kidney problems. Feeding an iguana is most likely to be the cause of the

shorten the life of the iguana,but by how much is very difficult to state.

Those who think iguanas  are  stupid,  might be surprised to find out that iguanas are just as smart as a any other pet you may have owned in the past. An iguana can be taught j thing just  like human`s.

An iguana in the wild will spend most  of its time up a tree. So to stimulate the growth of the iguana, you should stimulate its habitat as well. Place some kind of climbing material in the iguana’s vivarium. Something as simple as a post can let your iguana feel like they are  in the wild, perched up a tree.

Like most things that grow, iguanas need sunlight m to also absorb it through the skin. An iguana will utilize UVA and UVB light so they can use all the nutrients efficiently. The UVB light will trigger a chemical reaction in the reptile’s skin which will help them turn it into vitamin D3.

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