Don’t let the cute, scaly, baby iguanas at the pet store fool you. Although these creatures are quite adorable and seemingly manageable when they are young, they can quickly grow up to be nearly six feet in length. In addition, because they are a reptile, they have special temperature requirements. Before you bring one of these critters home, make sure you understand their cage requirements.
The size of the cage
An aquarium makes the best cage for an iguana. Not only does it keep your scaly friend safely contained, but it is also easy to wipe clean. The real problem lies in choosing the right size. Because one of these lizards may only be a few inches in length when it arrives in your home, you may be tempted to purchase a smaller habitat. However, you’ll likely be back to the pet store to buy a new one as that tiny baby turns into a huge creature.
In order to ensure that your iguana has the right sized cage, go big from the moment you bring your critter home. In general, a cage that is at least six feet long and six feet high is best. However, your vet clinic can help you determine the exact size that’s best for your pet.
Adequate heat for your iguana
Iguanas like it warm, so make sure that you provide your scaly friend with plenty of heat. They need a source of UVA and UVB light in order to keep help them absorb vitamin D. In general, the cage temperature should be between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. At night, the temperature shouldn’t drop below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to keep your lizard warm at night while the lights are off, you may have to invest in a heating pad.
The right accessories
Every cage needs the right accessories! Make sure your iguana has plenty of branches to climb. Avoid wood chips, sand, and dirt, which can easily be ingested by your critter. Instead, choose reptile carpeting and add large rocks for interest.
Don’t forget the food and water bowls! If you need more help setting up your iguana’s cage, make sure you call your local vet clinic for more information about your pet’s care.