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Your Pet Iguana

Iguanas are reptiles that originated from the rainforests of Mexico and Brazil. They live on fruits, vegetables, flowers, and leaves. They like to climb trees, lie on warm rocks, and bask in the sun. They grow fast and may even grow for as long as six to seven feet. Today, iguanas are mostly being hunted to become food or pets; but even though they can be sold legally, there are still programs being developed to protect their well-being and existence.

If you wish to have pet iguanas, you have to make sure that you are well prepared. Keep in mind that proper housing, feeding, and caring are necessary in order for your iguana to live a long and happy life. If you take care of it properly, it may even live for up to twenty years. When preparing the housing, make sure to allot extra space for logs and other necessities. There should be a durable floor covering as well as light sources.

Pet iguanas should be placed in a huge terrarium or tank. See to it that sunlight can pass through it because iguanas are diurnal creatures. This means that they are active during the day while they sleep during the night. They are also cold-blooded, so they cannot produce their own body heat. Hence, you should regulate the temperature inside the terrarium. You should mimic nature by using ultraviolet lights or basking lights.

Since iguanas like to climb, you can place logs and pieces of wood inside the terrarium. You may also get some cork bark and make ramps. A couple of wide shelves would also deem appropriate for the terrarium. In addition, you may put in several plants such as hibiscus, spider plants, and ficus shrubs. If real plants are not available, you can use artificial plants. Just make sure that your pet does not eat them.

Water bowls are also ideal to have in a terrarium. You should allot one for drinking and another for defecating. Encouraging your pet to defecate in the designated area will allow for easier and faster cleaning. You should clean these water bowls regularly with household bleach to prevent the spread of bacteria salmonella. Rinse them well with water. Also, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after handling your iguana and its housing.

Of course, you should provide proper food for your iguana. Pet iguanas can be given fruits and vegetables such as kale, parsley, turnips, mustard, collards, clover, broccoli, carrots, squash, peas, apricots, melons, apples, bananas, tomatoes, peaches, strawberries, kiwis, figs, dates, and grapes. Nonetheless, they may also be given whole grain breads and natural bran cereals. Vitamin and mineral supplements may be given, as well.

When your iguana becomes sick, take it to a reptile veterinarian. These creatures are prone to nose abrasions, metabolic bone disease, internal and external parasites, mouth rot, skin infections, and thermal injuries. So, you should schedule regular veterinary check-ups. You should have them physically examined as well as have their blood and stools tested.

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