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Things to Consider Before Getting an Iguana

December 1, 2015

Are you considering adopting an iguana? These scaled beauties can make great pets, but they aren’t right for everyone, so you’ll want to do some research before deciding. Below, a Niagara Falls, ON vet lists some things to think about before adopting an iguana.

Longevity

Captive iguanas usually live between 12 and 15 years, but some can live even longer. Just like any other pet, iguanas can be stressed out or even traumatized by changes in ownership and environment. Make sure you can care for your reptilian pal for his entire life.

Temperament

Are you looking for a loyal, loving, playful pet? Iguanas are cute, and can be personable and fun, but you may find that your scaled buddy isn’t exactly a cuddler and probably won’t care much for playing fetch. Some iguanas can also become aggressive, which can be quite dangerous! Do plenty of research on iguana temperaments.

Size

Your pet may be small and cute when you bring him home, but he won’t stay little for long. Iguanas can grow up to six feet long! In order to keep your lizard happy and healthy, you may very well need to dedicate most of all of a room to him. If you don’t have a lot of square footage to spare, you may want to consider a different pet.

Temperature Requirements

Iguanas are native to tropical climates, and so their living conditions must mimic those of a warmer environment. This means you’ll need to keep your pet in a room that consistently stays between 26 and 32 °C (80 and 90 °F) during the day and about 24 °C (75 °F) at night. Here in Ontario, that can translate into a significantly higher heating or electrical costs.

Diet

Iguanas need to eat lots of fresh produce. A typical iguana’s diet consists in large part of leafy green veggies, colorful veggies, and fruits. This can be more expensive and take much longer than popping open a can of wet food.

Bathtime

Iguanas need regular baths. This can be super fun and quite adorable, but it can also get a bit sloppy and time consuming. Make sure that you can accommodate your reptilian buddy’s bathing requirements.

Do you have questions about iguana care? Does your iguana need veterinary care? We are here to help! Call us, your local Niagara Falls, ON animal hospital, today!

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