Acquired: Pet store
Posted Dec 07, 2015
In 2008 I was looking for my first pet after moving out to go to college. I was looking for something different, something that is eye catching and fun at the same time.
After a month or two of light research and still coming up undecided on what pet I wanted to bring into my life. I came across a Green Iguana picture in my biology textbook and I knew that is what I wanted. So after a week I found a store that had one and went to pick the little lady up.
I purchased a fairly large terrarium, heat rocks, lamps, food bowl, water bowl, environment and atmosphere mediums that the store recommended. This is not cheap and I was looking at $250-$400 just to bring her home. I recommend highly going with the biggest terrarium you can find and or afford or purchase a specially built lizard habitat which is perfect for climbing and gives your lizard much more room and he or she can climb on all surfaces unlike a standard terrarium which is glass and your lizard will not be able to climb like they want.
Having heat rocks and lamps are also a must especially if you are living anywhere that snows and gets extremely cold in the winter months. In the specially made lizard habitats most of them come with lamps built in to the top which makes it easier on your wallet in the long run. The green iguana is happiest when they have proper UVA or UVB light that keeps there temperature in their habitat 79-95 degrees. This is a must for lizards of this breed and most breeds so they can properly produce vitamin D.
A lizards diet is fairly easy to accommodate especially if you are already eating healthy you can share what you are eating with your pet. I am of course talking about leafy green such as kale, mustard green, and arugula. They will eat fruit but it is not highly recommended over a long period of time. Iceberg lettuce is another food item you can steer away from although it is completely harmless and fine to give your lizard it provides no nutrients at all. Keep your iguana well hydrated with a big bowl of water that is shallow enough for them to get there whole body in. My lizard loved getting in her water bowl and cooling of on occasion and can be a nice treat for them.
When it came to cleaning the habitat it was a very hard skill to master at first. In a standard terrarium you must take all heat rocks and play things out and make sure the environment is completely void of obstructions and you’re pet. I found it easier to take it outside and dump it into a compost pile i had, but if you do not have this luxury you can dump it into a small bag and throw it away in an outside receptacle. Throwing it away in a inside bin is asking for a small smell problem. The Initial smell of a properly cleaned and maintained iguana habitat is minimal.
Now after struggling cleaning the habitat, personally I felt like she was not getting the best after I cleaned it, I found the pre-built habitat and these are lifesavers let me tell you. Besides being big enough to house a 4 foot iguana and coming with built in heat lamps, it comes with a pull out bottom to make cleaning exponential easier and more efficient for me and my pet. It was by far the best investment I made for my pets health and well-being.
Now there are a few downsides to owning a lizard. I think the most common and obvious is they grow extremely fast. When I bought Lizzy she was Only 14 inches and 3 years later she grew to a whopping 6 ft.
Overall my experience with owning a Green Iguana was rewarding and extremely fun. If you have time to take care of your lizard properly he or she will be an extremely amazing life moment.