Iguana Care Information
Iguanas are among the most popular reptiles in the United States, and this exotic pet has climbed its way into the hearts of men, women, and children of all ages. They say it is very easy to acquire an iguana, especially if you have enough funds, but you still have to provide a high level of care to the animal so that it will be able to live a long and happy life in its new home.
The following are some guidelines that you can use to determine if you are ready to own an iguana:
- Iguanas, like other pets, also need the loving attention of their human owners or care providers. Contrary to common belief, reptiles do not necessrily thrive if they are plopped into a lonely cage and left until the owner remembers to pay them a visit.
- Iguanas are basically wild animals, and it is not natural for them to be friendly with human beings. The iguanas regard humans just like any other potential predators in the forest. You need to take your time while trying to tame them, and this sometimes last for as long as one month.
- If given the proper care, an iguana can grow up to six feet long, and can reach the ripe old age of twenty. Unlike dogs and cats, your adult iguana may survive until you are in your age of thirties, forties or fifties.
- Iguanas are not cheap pets to maintain. There is a reason why these animals are labelled as exotic animals. It’s not just because they come from the tropics. Proper care is needed, and the only way that you will be able to provide proper care is by spending a significant amount of money on the construction of its habitat, buying supplements, and so on.
- Responsible reptile owners never stop learning: they read, and read some more, even when they have gathered a sufficient amount of knowledge to keep their reptiles healthy.
- Iguanas need true care from their owners, and they also need to be in constant contact with human owners if they are to be tamed more quickly.
The major problem that we see with many new iguana owners is that they are unwilling to study the specific needs of their new pet. They tend to believe what pet shop staff tell them without testing or confirming the information. If you want to have a truly healthy pet, you have to seek out the right information yourself.
You need to educate yourself, and compare the various references that you come across to find the best solutions to any iguana-related problems. You also have to be willing to communicate with professionals, such as your local veterinarian, if you come across problems that research cannot solve.
It’s not enough to just have the funds to buy stuff for your iguana. The number one requirement is that you have to force yourself to be a hands-on owner. Do not leave your iguana in the garage, or in the backyard, where it can be forgotten and isolated for days without attention.