Owning a Pet Iguana

Owning a pet iguana can be really fun and interesting. They are not like your typical pet and they are exotic reptiles. Young iguanas come in bright colors and they are small and cute. Since iguanas are readily available in practically all pet stores and they are relatively cheap, many individuals do consider owning a pet iguana. There are plenty of popular topics you should read through if you are considering buying a new pet iguana.

Size Potential of Iguanas and Cage Size

Baby iguanas are cute and small but iguanas actually have great potential for growth. Green iguanas, the most popular type of pet iguanas, actually can grow to be around five to six feet long from the snout to the end of their tail. That’s pretty long considering that baby iguanas are usually only around seven to ten inches long.

They can grow at a rate of two inches per month. Now, it is not that common to find a six-foot iguana but it’s great to know that they have the potential. Iguanas can also weight up to 15 pounds. Have you ever seen an overweight cat? That’s how much an overweight cat can weigh. Again, this is the max and this is the potential; not all iguanas end up weighing this much. If your iguana is growing unusually fast, it could be because of its diet. If you are not feeding your iguana the right foods, like protein rich foods for example, it’ll grow to fast, catch a kidney failure and die. Make sure you feed them the right greens and leaves because iguanas are herbivores. Sometimes if the iguana is not receiving the right amount of calcium, its back legs can stop working.

Make sure you buy a large cage for your iguana. It won’t stunt their growth but it won’t be comfortable for them at all if they are in a small cage. They’ll be stressed out and more prone to sickness. If you currently do have small cage for your iguana, take it out from time to time so it could move around and stretch.

If Something Happens to the Tail, Nails or Toes

Iguana tails can grow back over the course of a year. If it breaks off somewhere closer to the body, then the tail might be shorter than it was before. It probably won’t be the same color either but iguana tails do grow back. Just because an iguana’s tail may be short, doesn’t mean it’s young because their tails are always breaking off and growing. These are the only things that grow back though. If the toenails or toes break off, then they won’t grow back. The good news is that the iguana is still able to live and fully function without its toes and nails.

Iguana Breeding Season!

The iguana’s mating season is during the late wintertime. By the time it’s early spring, the eggs are ready to be laid. If you have a female iguana, you’ll notice that it she has a more lumpy body around this time if it is getting ready to lay its eggs. If you get some new baby iguanas, you can either keep them or sell them!