How To Construct a Iguana Terrarium

Iguanas are becoming one of the most common reptiles people keep as pets, so if you are thinking of getting reptiles for sale, you will have to set up a iguana terrarium. Iguanas are unusual looking creatures with spikes on their backs and a long green beard. They are not an ordinary lizard. They have thicker bodies and very long tails to help them with balance and they also use their tails to defend themselves. Iguanas can reach up to six feet. In one year they will double in size. They can weigh up to twenty pounds and can live up to twenty years. They like a warm climate and are native to South America. Along with being the most common kept reptile the iguana is also unfortunately the most dumped.

  • The iguana needs an especially large type of iguana terrarium. It needs to be able to accommodate a twenty pound animal that can reach up to six feet. It must have room for the animal to move around and be comfortable. Choose a wire mesh with small enough holes so that the iguana cannot fit through them.

  • Your iguana terrarium should be covered with a snap on wire mesh cover. As the iguana grows it gets stronger and may be able to open the lid by itself. It is advisable to use a wire to make sure that the lid is on tightly. But make sure that there are no loose wires that may harm or scratch the reptile.
  • Iguanas need UVB lighting to ensure they have healthy bones. Keep the UVB lamp on in the daytime and use an infra red lamp during the night. Position the lamps about eighteen inches above the mesh lid.
  • An iguana eats any kind of fruit or vegetables and its favourite thing to eat is dandelions. You can place a bowl on the bottom of the cage for feedings but it is a better idea to hand feed your pet. If an iguana does not get handled often and does not feel comfortable around the owner, it may become mean and aggressive. Hand feedings is a good way to bond with your pet iguana. Although you should probably not handle the pet all the time because it may not be good for its health, you should attempt to handle it at least once every few days.
  • You can let your iguana out of its iguana terrarium and let it walk around the room. This is a great way for it to get exercise and it is another way to bond with the animal. Just make sure the room does not have anything in it that can harm the iguana.

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About the Author: Fred Goodson has a passion for pets and animals. He has 4 dogs and is planning to have another one. He is also a blogger who writes about pets and animals. Currently, he is living in New Jersey.

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