When deciding to own an iguana as pet, you should be aware of the particular needs and requirements regarding their care. Iguana lizards
are not cats and dogs, and need more than a terrarium to live in. Iguanas are wild animals that live usually in tropical environments, free, under conditions that make them live a long and happy life.
Unless you are able to provide them similar conditions, you should not consider buying such a demanding pet. Starting with the iguana housing, proper conditions are needed: heat, light, water, safety and substrates are just a few of the elements you should be aware of.
When in the wild iguana lizardss tend to bask in the sun, because the natural light and heat helps their digestive system perform better and efficiently. Iguanas depend a lot on the humid environments as well, because that helps them shed their skin. A warm and humid habitat is what makes an iguana lizard live longer, and be healthier.
This practically means that you should be able to provide them a similar habitat, ensuring the most proper heating and humid conditions for the reptiles. Iguanas take a good care of themselves when in their natural space, but when in captivity they have to rely on you. You should be able to offer a warm and humid house, enough and proper light, as well as the appropriate food.
If considering buying an iguana lizard, you maybe know that it can be very eclectic with its food. Actually, iguanas could eat everything, but not everything is good for them. Animal proteins and certain greens should be avoided, while particular kinds of veggies ensure a great performance of their fragile digestive system. If the iguana is properly fed and can spend time in direct natural light, chances are that it will stay healthy for a long time.
Iguanas can be social reptiles, only when they want. If you plan to buy more than one iguanas you should make sure that they are not in the same, or close by cage, because they tend to become very aggressive. Sometimes they get along better with other animals, but do a little research before actually deciding what to do.
Iguana lizards can be very friendly and affectionate towards humans, provided that they feel safe, secure and loved. If you can provide your pet what it needs, owning an iguana lizard is pretty cool. If you cannot, it’s better to skip it, because you can rid both you and the iguana of the frustration.