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Midori

Green Iguana

Overall satisfaction

4/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Health

4/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Temperament

5/5

Easy to provide habitat

3/5

Easy to handle

4/5

Visibility

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

0/5

Easy to Feed

0/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

0/5

Great lizard, but not for beginners

By

Oklahoma, United States

Posted Dec 11, 2013

I have always wanted a Green Iguana. I love the look of them, and Midori has a great personality. I get a real kick out of watching her run around her tank with giant pieces of lettuce hanging out of her mouth. She has her periods where she is active and times when she just likes to sit. Green Iguanas seem pretty easy to keep, but there are a couple of things to be aware of. One is that they need a huge tank. Midori is in a 50 gallon tank right now, and even that is not going to be big enough for her when she gets older. They need a lot of room to run around, and most people don't think about how big they're going to get when they are full grown. The second is humidity; right now, it is a constant struggle to keep the humidity levels up in her tank, although part of the problem is the climate we live in is very dry. But as a tropical species, they need the humidity up around 80%, and low humidity is one of the biggest husbandry problems that vets see in Green Iguanas. Dealing with low humidity over a long period of time will eventually send the iguana into kidney failure. So you're probably going to need a mister, or have to convert a tank into a half water/half dry set up. And they need a water bowl big enough to soak in. The third problem that is more easily managed is that iguanas are the lizard most prone to metabolic bone disease. So you really have to be on top of their calcium supplementation and making sure the heating and UV lights are adequate. All of that can add up and become expensive, but it's really just a one time expense. But it's also probably not something that a beginner with little reptile experience will be able to handle.

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