Acquired: Pet store
Posted Sep 20, 2015
Many years ago, I was in a pet store and they had a baby Green Iguana in an aquarium for sale. I've always been interested in the iguana, and was super excited to bring the little guy home and raise him. The pet store gave me a can of dry food, a tank, a heat lamp, and minimum instructions and away I went.
A month later my iguana was dead.
What went wrong? Well, everything. Iguana's have a pretty complicated heat and humidity requirement. Also, they really need a very diverse diet. These are things I have learned since, but had zero clue about when I bought the poor little guy. I thought what a lot of potential iguana owners thought, "Oh cool, an iguana!"
Had I really looked ahead, I would have realized that with proper care iguanas get pretty huge. I would have needed a pretty big enclosure, likely that I would have to build myself, with trees and various levels of heat. Yeah, they aren't for little glass aquariums at all, and sadly a lot of iguanas probably have suffered the fate my poor little guy did.
So, moral of the story is that if you want an iguana, do all your homework FIRST. Be sure you already have an area big enough for his adult enclosure, and find a herpetological club to help you raise him. They aren't a very easy, forgiving reptile. You and your critter will be happier in the end.