The iguana as a pet

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The iguana as a pet is becoming more and more popular. However, before adopting it, we must know all its morphology and type of life. Some buyers buy it for the striking green color of the young animals and its size close to 50 cm.

But with time They can measure up to 1.80 meters, unaffordable size if you only have a small floor. ¿Do you want to know more about this fantastic animal that is the iguana? Find out about everything related to Iguanas and find out if this is your ideal pet in this AnimalWised article..

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  1. Iguana morphology
  2. Domestic iguana
  3. The terrarium for your Iguana
  4. Feeding of the domestic iguana
  5. The health of the domestic iguana
  6. Training your domestic iguana

Iguana morphology

The iguana is an arboreal reptile. When it is young it shows a very attractive bright green color, which turns a dull gray tone as it becomes an adult. She always lives near water and when she is in danger she does not hesitate to jump into it, since she is a very good swimmer..

Like lizards and other reptiles, the iguana has the ability to produce autonomy, that is, it is capable of detaching itself from its tail if it feels grasped by this appendage. Later the tail regenerates and grows back; however, it will never make it as large and beautiful as the original. Also, if you lose it again, it will not grow again..

The iguana lives from both Mexican coasts to the south of the South American continent. Live approximately 13 years.

Domestic iguana

To acclimatize the iguana in your home you will have to mainly recreate all the conditions of temperature and humidity ideal for the survival of the animal. Taking into account that the 50 cm that the iguana will have when we adopt it as a pet, it will transform much faster than we think into a 1.80 meter colossus.

Before acquiring the precious iguanita, let's consider if she and our family will have enough space to live together. Your children will grow up too, and will need more space as they get older. Value it before the acquisition.

The terrarium for your Iguana

The minimum dimensions of the terrarium for your adult iguanas they will be at least 150x160x75 cm. Taking into account that the height is more important than the length of the terrarium, since inside you will have to place a trunk with branches so that the animal can climb.

The temperature inside the terrarium will range between 28ºC and 32ºC. During the night when the animal is inactive you can lower the temperature to 25º.

At the bottom of the terrarium you will put a layer of gravel of about 11-15 cm, under which all the cables will run: the heater cable, the fluorescent cable with UBV 0.5 light, so that the iguana correctly synthesizes vitamin D.

The humidity It should range between 70-85% and apart from the drinking fountain, whose water must be changed daily, it is convenient that you have a shallow and wide container to bathe.

Apart from the aforementioned trunk, flat stones without edges and non-toxic plants should adorn the terrarium..

Feeding of the domestic iguana

When the iguana is young it eats more frequently than when it becomes an adult. Apart from insects eat fruits, vegetables, leaves and plants.

The frequency with which we must feed it is 3 times a week, preferably at dusk or in the morning. When he reaches adulthood, he eats less often. Adult iguanas are herbivores. Your veterinarian will provide you with the appropriate feeding guidelines.

The health of the domestic iguana

Your iguana must be controlled by your veterinarian. In the event of a color change, that the brightness of its skin fades, or any other change, you should consult it without delay with the veterinarian to assess the alteration.

Occasionally, vitamin supplements should be administered, always prescribed by the veterinarian. The professional should also periodically cut the nails so that the claws do not grow crooked..

You must avoid drafts and there are sudden drops in temperature, the iguana can suffer respiratory infections due to pathogens.

You will watch that white dots are not created on their skin, a sign that the mites are colonizing the dermis of your iguana. You should bathe your iguana with warm water and then thoroughly clean the terrarium.

Iguanas can suffer from the presence of ticks. These must be removed with tweezers.

Training your domestic iguana

To properly train your iguana, the first thing is to learn how to catch it correctly. You will never grab your iguana by the tail, comes off with extraordinary ease.

You must take it gently by the belly at the height of the front legs. Watch the attitude of the iguana, if it tries to hit you using its tail like a whip or aggressively opens its jaws, it will be a sign that it does not want to be disturbed.

To train it (which is quite difficult) you should let your iguana run around for an hour a day outside the terrarium, always under your supervision. It is time to try to interact with her. After three years, if you are applied, you will get some results.

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