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Iguanas in the wild spend most of their time foraging in trees for food. They are equipped with large razor sharp claws for climbing trees and sharp teeth for chewing. They are also proficient swimmers using their body and long tails to cross rivers and other bodies of water. A healthy adult iguana can reach lengths of 5 to 6 feet. Iguanas are beautiful, intelligent animals and if cared for properly they can make wonderful pets. Before considering owning one of these impressive iguanas please consider how much care they require to maintain a healthy happy life.

Male Iguana   

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Iguanas are strictly herbivores and a healthy iguana diet should consist of pure fruits and vegetables. Feeding an Iguana animal protein and can cause severe organ damage and possibly even premature death. This means before considering owning an iguana be aware that fresh salads will need to be prepared each day which can be time consuming and expensive. An adult iguana can eat several heads of leafy greens per day plus other fruits and vegetables.


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Iguanas require an enclosure at least double their length in size so if you have a 6 foot iguana the minimum enclosure would have to be 12 foot long by 12 foot wide. Proper lighting and temperature is also necessary for a healthy Iguana. Filtered sunlight or artificial UVB and UVA light is essential.


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Iguanas also require you to spend quality time with them , much like owning a dog. But they are not domestic pets, like dogs, and you should always be aware when owning any reptiles that the only thing that makes them tame is being acclimated to our lifestyle. Daily handling of these pets is a requirement.

Iguanas much like most pets do require grooming care. Iguanas require bathing (at least weekly) and their nails need to be trimmed much like the pet dog. In addition to bathing their enclosures should be misted daily for proper humidity levels.


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For more information on iguana care you can visit the following web-sites:






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        D & M's Reptile Rescue and Rehabilitation

David McKnight and Melanie Shroyer

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This site was last updated 10/12/12