Tropical Iguana Facts
average adult size: 4 to 6 feet long, depending on species
average life span: 15+ years with proper care
Will reach adult size in 2 to 3 years, under ideal conditions; upgrade habitat size as your reptile grows.
A well-balanced iguana diet consists of:
70% dark leafy greens such as collard greens and spinach; 20% bulk vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and broccoli; 10% fruit such as mangoes, bananas and strawberries.
Iguanas benefit from being fed a commercial iguana diet.
Things to remember when feeding your iguana:
Fresh, clean, chlorine-free water should be available at all times.
If your iguana does not naturally take to a pelleted commercial diet, moisten it with water or mix it with vegetable- or fruit-flavored baby food.
Feed once a day.
Remember, iguanas do not chew their food, they swallow it whole; food should be chopped, shredded or grated into small edible pieces.
Sprinkle food with calcium supplement daily and a multi-vitamin supplement once or twice a week.
Vegetables and fruits not eaten within 24 hours should be discarded.
Size - Appropriately sized and shaped habitat with secure cover; as the iguana grows, a larger habitat will be required. The iguana should be able to freely turn and move around in the habitat.
Habitat - Provide a hiding area; branches for basking. Maintain 70 to 90% humidity by misting as needed every day.
Substrate - Use a mulch type such as coconut fiber.
Temperature - Temperature gradient (100°F for the warm end and 80°F for the cool end). Use an incandescent light or ceramic heater as primary heat source.
Lighting - UVB rays with full spectrum lighting for 10 to 12 hours a day is required. An incandescent day bulb can be used for basking area during daylight hours only; can use a ceramic heater or nocturnal or red incandescent at all hours.
House adult male iguanas separately and do not house different reptile species together.
May become tame with daily handling.
Bob their head as a means of communication.
Males may become territorial.
Healthy iguanas sneeze to rid their bodies of excess salt.
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