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Green Iguana

Overall satisfaction

3.5/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: N/A

Appearance

5/5

Health

5/5

ActivityLevel

5/5

Temperament

3/5

Easy to provide habitat

0/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Visibility

3/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

3/5

Easy to Feed

4/5

Easy to provide environmental needs

4/5

Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde

By

United States

Posted Mar 24, 2016

I had two experiences owning iguanas. I got the first one as a baby. He was quite often sick. I think this led to his very mild temperament as I had to handle him all the time. He was very friendly to all people and would even crawl in visitors laps and seek petting and attention.
Then there was my second one. I got him when the first one was two years old. He was about a year old. This iguana was super unfriendly. He seemed to hate everyone and everything. By the time they had to go they were both almost three feet long and had basically a whole room to themselves. The longer Mr. Hyde was around the worse the behavior of Dr. Jekyll got.
The final straw (and if you are squeamish you might want to look away here,) they attacked a momma cat and... we'll just say a litter of six kittens disappeared and the mother was injured. As we had a lot of animals, they had to go.
That being said, the first one was a great pet initially. I would say get them young and handle them frequently. I can't stress enough how big they can get (I saw one almost five foot long in Puerto Rico). This makes maintaining habitat a challenge to say the least. We would have been out of luck without a completely unused room.

Good luck, hope you get a Jekyll and not a Hyde.

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