Acquired: Pet store
1459, South Africa
Posted Aug 27, 2016
The idea of feeding live insects to a pet went against everything I believe in. So if you are like me or a little squeamish, then an iguana is a good match. Saying that, keeping them in fresh fruits and veg can be a costly and I would advise doing thorough homework before taking on any pet and even more when you are thinking of acquiring an exotic pet.
Lizards are beautiful creatures and add a bit of mystique to the household. They aren't demanding but a good thing to remember is that they are not domesticated and always deserve your respect and careful attention . I would not recommend leaving your children unsupervised around them. Kids can be cruel or heavy handed and the lizard will lash out to protect itself.
Their habitat and dietary requirements are very specific and can work out costly and unless you are willing to make a long term commitment to your pet please keep moving. My Iguana is nearly 14 years old and on average an Iguana will live between 10 and 20 years in captivity. Which means, heating pads, UV lamps and ever growing enclosures.
My Iguana is relatively friendly and tolerates the cats, the cats quickly learnt to respect him and steer clear of his tail. We let him out for about an hour in the evening. He likes to sit next to us on his perch and watch TV. (Not sure if he actually watches it or just sits dreaming of the forest)