Friends With Fur: A Pet Blog

Friends With Fur: A Pet Blog

Taking Care Of An Iguana: What You Need To Know

by Sandra Butler

Iguanas aren't any different from other pets. They need proper care, food, a proper enclosure, and exercise. Decide now whether you are up to the task of caring for an iguana. If you are, read on for information to help you care for your new pet iguana.

Get A Proper Enclosure

Your iguana is going to need its own place to create a habitat where it can sleep, feel safe, and be alone. If your iguana is young and small, it can be put into an aquarium, but if your iguana is growing larger, you are going to need a much bigger enclosure to accommodate it. You can purchase a new enclosure at your local pet supply store, or build one yourself. Be sure that it is safe, doesn't have any sharp edges inside, and has enough to keep your iguana busy. You should have a shelf or some branches, as well as faux leaves/plants. Keep newspaper in the base of the enclosure; it will need to be cleaned often.

Keep Your Iguana Warm

Your iguana needs humidity and light to stay warm. Be sure to use lights to allow your iguana to bask in the warmth and humidity to keep your iguana warm. To help hold in warmth and humidity, you can use a plastic shower curtain. Be sure it isn't anywhere near the heat lamps, as it can cause the plastic to melt. Your iguana needs around 70% humidity; using a thermometer that checks humidity can help you check the humidity levels.

Feed Your Iguana Properly

Your iguana needs to follow a special diet of vegetables, fruits, and greens. You can give your iguana things like kale, collard greens, green beans, mango, cantaloupe, yellow squash, and sweet potatoes. Give your iguana a small salad by cutting up these vegetables, fruits, and greens into pieces no larger than your iguana's head. Your iguana may not eat right away, and that's OK. If your iguana doesn't eat after a few days, try other vegetables, or cut them smaller.

Groom Your Iguana

Your iguana needs to be groomed, much like other pets. Your iguana needs a bath in order to get clean and avoid getting infections. Place your iguana in a bathtub with a small amount of water. Allow your iguana to soak in the bathtub for at least 15 minutes. You should give your iguana a bath at least once per week. You should also clip your iguana's nails using nail clippers. This should also be done at least once per week. Remember to clean your iguana's cage and clean up any feces inside to prevent the spread of bacteria.

If you think you are ready for an iguana, be sure you research care instructions and take care of your new pet properly. Go online today to learn more about reptiles for sale.


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Friends With Fur: A Pet Blog

Nothing is quite like the bond you develop with a pet. You and your dog know each other to the core. You and your cat have your own way of communicating, even though you do not speak their language. These pets are, in a very real sense, your friends — but they are friends you have the responsibility of caring for completely. Determining what the best care for your pet really is can be a challenge. That's why we created this blog. The articles collected here will help you become a better owner and a better friend to your furry companion, whether they're a cat, dog, rabbit, or other species entirely.