Pet Green Iguana Care Sheet & Supplies

We will take a look at the three basic needs you should address with your new pet Iguana, they are:
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Iguanas need to be provided with exposure to natural sunlight for at least 5-10 hours per week. When temperatures are over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, iguanas should spend daylight hours outside in a sunny location. Your outdoor enclosure must protect your iguana from wild animals and neighborhood cats and dogs, and your pet should not be able to escape. A wire mesh enclosure with a sturdy frame works well. Glass terrariums or enclosures should not be used as temperatures may climb to lethal temperatures even on cool days. Of course, don’t forget to provide food and water in the outdoor enclosure.
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Biting is a way for your iguana to display anger, fear, or anxiety. A bite is usually not the first sign that your iguana is unhappy. Being aware of your pet’s other actions to determine his mood is the best way to prevent getting bit. Dave Durham treats his rhino iguana named Bruce like any other pet that needs tender loving care.
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Small iguanas in the wild are prey for a variety of predators, and thus are skittish and easily stressed by the presence of other pets, which they see as a threat. They are also quite vulnerable to injury at this young age and small size, and are unable to effectively defend themselves against other, larger pets. For this reason, small iguanas should be kept securely in their enclosures when other pets are present. Be sure that the enclosure is "pet proof", and has a secure lid or door that cannot be loosened, removed or broken by a persistent cat or dog.Allowing the iguana and other pets to view each other through the safety of the enclosure walls will encourage them to get used to each other's presence. Since your iguana is confined to its enclosure and cannot escape from the watchful eyes of other pets, you need to be sure to provide it with a hidebox, where it can retreat if it feels threatened or insecure. At night, you may consider not allowing other pets access to the room where your iguana is kept, until you feel that your iguana has become quite comfortable in the presence of other pets and will be able to rest, sleep and feel secure at night. This initial period of acclimation through the enclosure walls should continue for some time, until the iguana is larger, and until the pets are quite used to one another's presence. The most important thing you can do with your new pet is to learn more about it. This will involve quite a bit of reading, both online and in the few quality books on iguanas that you may find. The Green Iguana Society website has plenty of information to properly care for your iguana, but we also recommend that you learn and read as much information as possible. On our page, we list links to other websites, quality books and publications, and other places you can learn more about iguanas. If you're here reading this, then chances are you want to care for your iguana properly and it will take quite a bit of reading to do this.When you first get your green iguana, he may be quite tame and friendly. He could also be unfriendly and unwilling to let you touch him. This is understandable since iguanas are wild animals and you are unknown and a possible predator. With time, patience, and persistence your wild pet can become a fun and enjoyable companion.As a small iguana grows, becomes tame and gets used to being handled, you can cautiously begin face-to-face introductions between pets by holding your iguana securely and allowing cats and dogs to sniff it. Do not rush this stage, however! A small iguana can be difficult to handle, and if it is too small, too skittish, or not being held properly, it is likely to panic, wiggle free of the safety of your hands, and be gone before you can react. No matter how well-trained your dog or cat is, a tiny green lizard darting across the floor and dragging a tantalizingly long tail behind it (in a cat's mind, iguana tail = neat green string) will probably be too much of a temptation to resist. Also, although a small iguana may seem comfortable with another pet on the other side of its enclosure walls, it may react differently when the wall is no longer there. Be prepared for anything.A good rule of thumb for all pet-pet interactions is that pets need to be closely monitored during their contact time. As previously mentioned, small iguanas are vulnerable to bites and scratches from other pets, and are not able to adequately defend themselves well. Never leave a small iguana and another pet alone together. In time, if you use patience and common sense while introducing young iguanas to other pets, you will most likely be rewarded with an adult iguana that interacts positively with other pets and which accepts them as part of its life and "family".