Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Ohio, United States
Posted Aug 24, 2015
Green Iguanas can be tricky to care for as they need certain amounts of fruits, vegetables, and calcium. If you'relooking to get an iguana, be prepared for a potentially 6 foot lizard that if not handled regularly, is mean. They can sever fingers when adults as well.
Custom built enclosures are your best bet as far as caging. You can get really creative with decorating them as well, I've seen some beautiful cages! I've noticed some people using old furniture to turn into an enclosure. It must have more length than width because Green Iguanas are climbers and a basking area up high in the cage is needed.
Humidity is a must and a water dish that they can fit their entire body in should be available to them. Misting them is also highly recommended. At the rescue I volunteer at, I mist the iguanas and they close their eyes and lick up the droplets of water - they truly enjoy it!
Collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, carrots, bok choy, cabbage, strawberries, blackberries, melon, bananas and apples are all foods these guys love! They get most of their water from their food so if you can, spray their food before they eat. I also put Calcium dust on their food before they eat (only a small bit) to prevent bone disease.
I often see Green Iguanas with severe Metabolic Bone Disease because people don't understand the importance of UVB lights and calcium for them. This bone disease is fatal and extremely painful for iguanas. You will need both UV AND UVB lights for your iguana!
All this can get a bit pricey, so make sure you're someone who has a steady job and can afford this lizard. If you put in the work, these intelligent animals are wonderful to have.