No one can contest the fact that iguanas are among the most popular pets in the United States and around the world.
People simply love the majestic appearance of these reptiles, and they also make great pets because they can actually recognize their owners, and they know how to interact with their caregivers once they have been properly trained.
While the popularity of this reptile is incontestable, it is also an unfortunate fact that only a small percentage of iguana owners are aware of the proper way of taking care of an iguana.
It is easy enough to buy an iguana, because these reptiles are widely available in America, and you can even place an order online for more exotic species to be shipped directly to your home from foreign suppliers.
But this does not change the fact that these reptiles have very specific requirements in captivity, and if the owner is not aware of these requirements, even the hardiest iguanas will not last long in captivity.
Let’s look at the common misconceptions surrounding the care of iguanas. The most common misconception is that it is okay to feed your iguana only lettuce or cabbage on a daily basis.
While it is true that iguanas are herbivores and eat nothing but plant matter, they still need a variety of plant matter and vegetables to get all of the nutrients their bodies need.
Cabbage and lettuce are fine, but these vegetables are very sparse in nutrients, so feeding only lettuce will probably result in nutrient and electrolyte imbalances in your iguana. So, always remember to feed your reptile a variety of vegetables daily, so it won’t suffer from malnutrition.
The second most common misconception is that iguanas can use heating rocks in captivity.
While it is true that iguanas need heat to in order to digest their food and move about in their terrariums, using a heating rock is the worst possible thing to do because your reptile can actually get burned from using one!
Don’t listen to pet shop staff who say that it’s the most popular choice, because popularity doesn’t make heating rocks the right choice.
If you want to provide your iguana with proper heating, install some fluorescent bulbs in the iguana habitat, and make sure that you measure the ambient temperature inside the habitat so you know if your setup is successful in stabilizing the temperature.
Iguanas thrive in habitats that have an ambient temperature of 79 to 90 degrees. The third misconception that first-time owners have about these reptiles is that they’re very low maintenance but Fun With Life summarily disproves that.
Iguanas can be low maintenance pets if you give them proper daily care, and if their habitat has been properly heated and supplied with the right accessories.
You won’t have to spend additional funds for veterinarian visits if you keep your pet healthy and happy. If you want the best for your new pet, it is wise to save up at least $200 to $300 for the habitat, and all the other accessories, that the reptile needs to be comfortable inside the terrarium.