Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 13, 2015
I have a group of desert iguanas and they are one of my favourite lizards. They are always active throughout the day, always doing something interesting, they are very inquisitive, and I think quite intelligent for lizards too. In a group (one male only as multiple males can fight), they are always interacting with each other. I have not had eggs from my group yet; but I hope to successfully breed them and I think it's important to try and find them captive bred, as these are still taken from the wild for the pet trade.
One of the biggest advantages of keeping them is that they do not require livefood; you can provide an interesting and varied diet of salad and fruit. Each of them has their favourite food.
However, they are not one of the more handleable lizards - they make a fantastic, interesting display, and will calm down with regular handling, but don't enjoy being handled - they can always be startled and can run very fast. Despite being a relatively small lizard (about 16", half of which is tail), due to their activity levels they need a medium sized enclosure. My group of four lives in a 5ft by 2ft by 2ft. As they are desert animals, they need high levels of UVB lighting and a very high temperature.