Rescue / shelter organization
Illinois, United States
Posted Feb 20, 2016
The iguana that we had was really temperamental. It was honestly kind of a jerk. My cousins owned it first, and they almost killed it. We always just thought it was sick, and it was, but it was because the pet shop owner had given them really dumb advice about how to take care of it. They were using a normal lightbulb, it was not getting any sunlight, and they were not maintaining the right humidity levels. My older sister, an exotic pet nerd (she has an African tortoise in her back yard right now), rescued it and we ended up with an iguana.
His name was Forest. He actually just passed away a few years ago. My sister took him with her when she moved to Arizona. She loved him more than I thought you could actually love a lizard, especially one that was aggressive, tore up the carpet, was rude to guests, and got big enough to make me nervous. He had personality for sure, but he was high maintenance. If you like that sort of thing, then get an iguana. Be ready to invest in a huge cage and the right equipment, because you're in it for the long haul. Forest lived to be 17.