This FAQ section offers answers to frequently asked questions, as well as tips and suggestions on caring for your exotic pet.
Iguanas are large reptiles originally from South and Central America. They are arboreal (tree dwelling), and can range in color from brown to green to blue. They are primarily vegetarian and being cold blooded need to draw their heat requirements from their environment. Adult Iguanas can obtain a length up to 7 feet (up to 2/3 of this being tail), and can weigh up to 18lbs and live 10 to 15 years.
Feeding Iguanas used to be very challenging because of their specialized requirements. Owners used to feed whatever fresh vegetable were in season and supplement with cat or dog food. Needless to say these Iguanas usually had nutrition related health problems and some even starved to death. Today there is a better way. Brisky Pet Products in conjunction with Zieglers has a commercially prepared diet that meets the requirements for adult Iguanas. This pelleted formula is nutritionally complete with optimal levels of calcium and phosphorus. Iguana can be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables, however this is not required.
As a general rule Iguanas are very healthy animals if given proper care. A yearly veterinarian visit should be done to assure that your Iguana stays in top condition. Iguanas can be carriers of Salmonella so be sure to keep their environment clean and always wash hands after handling them.
Due to the large size your Iguana will obtain, be sure that suitable housing is possible. Most recommendations call for an enclosure length of 2 times the animal’s length height of 2 times the animal’s length width equal to the animal’s length. For a 6 ft adult you are looking at an enclosure of 12’x12’x6’! Iguanas require good full spectrum lighting. Iguanas are not overly social with other animals and, unless handled constantly, may not tolerate handling. They love to climb and must be supervised very carefully when taken outdoors (they can escape up a tree in a flash and may not be seen again). They do require a daytime temperature of 80 to 85 degrees and can tolerate night time temperatures down to 65 degrees.