Recently, the popularity of keeping an iguana as a household pet has been on the rise. It’s fascinating to many to see that such an adaptable pet has found its way into the homes of people who like having a cold-blooded reptile as a pet. Not so long ago, they were looked upon as foreign reptiles. One would be able to see them in zoos, not in one’s home as a pet. But these days, many people have taken a liking to them and invited them into their home and around their friends and families. Showing off an iguana only lasts so long, if the animal is not cared for as one would care for a mammal or human. An iguana needs daily care, almost as if taking on a whole new responsibility. It needs to be able to thrive and grow and develop.
The care and responsibility of an iguana is not one to be taken lightly. An iguana can live fine within its normal habitat, but taking it out of the habitat into domestic life does have its conditions for care that should be followed. Iguana care is similar to that of a normal person. Certain foods are better than others, and have a different effect on the iguana’s metabolism. Keep in mind that iguanas are mainly vegetarians. Humans, and other animals usually bathe at least once a day, iguanas need the same care as well. Just as humans need sunlight, so do they. As a matter of fact, they can handle more sunlight than the average human should be exposed to in a day.
The living quarters of an iguana should always be kept clean. The cage or dwelling should be cleaned at least 3 times weekly. This part of iguana care insures the pet does not develop any infections, diseases, or other health problems. The iguana should be in a cage that is wide and deep enough for movement. There should also be padding and limbs to ensure the iguana gets its daily exercise.
As noted, the care of a pet iguana is not too intense, it just takes a lot of dedication and love. The upkeep that’s involved is just like a pet dog. Love, and care has to be shown. The iguanas like to be taken out and held. This helps green iguanas to build trust. The care of an iguana is important. The moment, it becomes your pet, there’s another mouth to feed, another household member to care for.