Many people like having dogs and cats as their house pets, but you may like having an iguana in your house. As you may think, it is a very different type of pet. The first thing you must know is that iguanas are very expensive to buy and to take care of. They are cold blooded animals and they often die in captivity. You must provide a big cage in order to your pet reach full size. This means that you must buy a cage bigger than 6 feet. You must provide enough sunlight to your pet. They require U.V.B. and U.V.A light. Iguanas use sunlight to digest their food and absorb vitamin D, which is important for calcium absorption. A big pet stores offer special bulbs that are designed for iguanas. You should replace it every 6 months.
You also must provide a heat lamp. Iguanas are native to Central and South America, where temperatures are high. This means that the temperature in the cage must be between 80 and 90 degrees. If your pet spends a lot of time under the heat bulb, you must increase the temperature. If he never goes under the heat bulb, you should reduce the temperature. During nights, temperature shouldn’t go under 75°F.
Iguanas are vegetarian, so you can feed them with: mustard greens, dandelion greens, watercress, alfalfa and collard greens. You also must provide enough fruits and vegetables such as: snap peas, parsnip, okra, mango, green beans, butternut squash, yucca rootpapayas and kabocha squash. If you are planning to have two iguanas in the same cage, don’t! They are very territorial animals, so they will often fight, which can lead to serious injuries.