Scientific Name:Iguana iguana
Lifespan: Over 30 years
Size: 4-6 feet long w/ tail
Handling Ease:Fair to Good
- An iguana’s diet should consist of:
- 80% fresh veggies (refer to 700-40), fed daily
- 15% fresh fruit (refer to 700-40), fed daily
- All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
Caging & Environment
- A minimum of a 20" high tank with screen cover OR a screen enclosure for babies.10 gallon tanks are not recommended because they do not provide the adequate thermal gradient. Due to the large adult size of this animal, a custom enclosure for adults is highly recommended.
- Reptile Bark substrate
- 75w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 95°- 100°)
- 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
- Lots of artificial plants/vines
- Lots of branches or stable climbing platform
- Large Water bowl (large enough to soak in)
- Food bowl
- Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
- Spray bottle for misting
- Iguanas should be misted at least twice daily.
- Iguanas are a long-term commitment, but can be easily tamed into a good pet.
- They are easy to care for due to their herbivorous nature.
- Although iguanas rarely bite, adult iguanas have very sharp nails and may scratch you just from holding on for support.
- Males will generally get larger than females. They can be sexed accurately at about 24” in length.
- Iguanas can be housed individually or in sexed pairs, provided that the enclosure is adequately sized. Adult males will fight.
- If housed as sexed pairs, iguanas will breed readily in captivity.