Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 30, 2016
One of my first pets was an iguana. Sounds like a strange first pet for a kid, but the pet store in our town didn’t have a huge selection of animals to pick from. It looked, on the surface, that a lizard would be an easy pet for a 12-year-old.
TIP 1: Research, research, research.
This is a good pet if you are not looking for a pet to actually pet. If you are looking for a hands-on animal, I would look for a dog or a cat. Because this animal can hurt you with it’s defense mechanism, its tail, it may not be the best family pet. This is not to say that you shouldn’t get an iguana for your kids, but just make sure that they are okay with a pet that may not do much.
The set-up on a housing area for this animal is different than for dogs, cats, birds, or hamsters. Iguanas need an area to bask in warmth. Some people will use a heating lamp, and others will use a heated rock, and others will use both. Either way, there is going to be some electricity leading to the habitat.
These animals usually spend their day in the warmth of the light or the heat rock. If you are looking for a pet that will do cool stunts when your children look into the glass, this isn’t the right pet. Iguanas normally sit still. If you scare them, they will try to hide somewhere. They aren’t going to come when you call, lick you, or beg you to play. They are going to sit and stare at the wall.
Care isn’t a huge issue. We fed our iguana greens and crickets. We mostly stuck to greens because if the crickets live for a while, they would keep you up at night. We filled a small water bowl everyday with fresh water.
Due to getting slapped on the wrist from an angry lizard too many times, us kids didn’t want to feed the iguana anymore. Grown ups took over. Eventually, this pet found a new home.