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    How To Look After Iguanas

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Iguanas require quite a lot of care and attention and consequently, looking after iguanas is not as easy as some other animals. Caring for iguanas is a big commitment and you shouldn’t purchase one unless you are fully aware of what will be required from you and what is required for iguanas. With proper care, iguanas can live for 15-20 years, with improper care however this can be drastically shortened. This guide outlines what to know when looking after iguanas.



    Caring For Iguanas


    • One of the most important things to consider when looking after iguanas is where to keep it. The minimum amount of space to designate is roughly double it’s adult length. Considering that an adult iguana can be up to 7feet long, this is quite a large area. Iguanas need to have lots of space to roam so some people designate an entire room in their house when caring for iguanas.

    • When looking after iguanas, their enclosure needs to be interesting and stimulating. Make sure it has lots of things to climb on such as branches and put some rocks in one corner to allow him to bask. All iguanas need to bask as it keeps them happy and content. Covering the floor in newspaper makes cleaning up much easier.

    • Iguanas need roughly 6-10 hours of complete darkness every night to simulate their natural environment. Make sure that no light from street lights or traffic can enter the room, this means that you may need to block out the windows of the room you are looking after the iguanas in every night. If the iguana doesn’t have it’s own room, make sure all lights, televisions etc. are turned off.

    • Iguanas need access to sunlight every day. When caring for iguanas, put a full spectrum light over his basking rocks, not only will this provide the UV lighting, it will also help to keep the room temperature above the required 80F. The basking area needs to be at a temperature of 95F. Iguanas need to keep their temperature this high to maintain the digestive system.

    • A very important part of looking after iguanas is to play with them. Although they are not as cuddly as a dog or a cat, they thrive just as much off the attention. Encourage iguanas to climb on their branches and like a dog, give them plenty of praise when they do something that you like.

    • An Iguana’s diet is very important to it’s wellbeing. Make sure you are feeding him the correct iguana food and that they have plenty of water. Iguanas are vegetarian and things like alfalfa and butternut squash are staple foods.

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