Iguana Pet Care | Is your lizard getting the right diet?
Iguanas are herbivorous animals, but they eat almost everything you give them; be pizza, meat, candy … dishes that are bad for the iguana … Its diet should include a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, such as basil, spinach beet, leaves fig (chosen), beet, sweet potato, carrot, dipped alfalfa, banana, pear, apple, damask, strawberry, kiwi … It is sometimes possible to offer him strawberry, spinach, sprouts soy, cucumber, plum, hard-boiled egg, pasta or cheese.
Variety is the most important thing, dealing with eating something slightly different every other day. But be aware that the iguana should not eat lettuce, as it contributes very little to nutrition and can damage metabolism.
It is possible to administer balanced foods specially designed for iguanas. The iguana food must be delivered washed, cut, mixed, and at room temperature. While you are feeding them, you should make sure to slice the food to the size that the animal could eat.
Young iguanas can eat insects such as crickets, cockroaches, all of which are fertile, as those found in homes or on the street may have poison residue. Also, small mammals (baby rats) of the size adapted according to the animal.
The water should be changed every day. Iguana pets get used to drinking from a container that is large enough to allow the animal to bathe in it. If the animal is not used to this system, there must be a drip system that drops water on the leaves and branches, from where it will drink it.
Treatments and curiosities
The ignorance of the owners and the inadequate or scarce information provided in pet shops regarding the care of iguana animals, increase the risk of presenting diseases linked almost exclusively to improper handling of these animals.
The green iguana is not a pet and they need special care. This animal should be watched very carefully, as the sign or minimal change in color or behavior may indicate illness or stress. They can be stressful very easily. It is necessary to redouble care if dogs, cats or other reptiles are also present at home.
If not treated properly, they can cause deep scrapes, give very strong eyelashes with their tails, or even bite. Iguana pets can live between 7 and 20 years of age. It is a species found threatened by the destruction of its habitat and by stealth hunting (overexploitation).
For its high fertility and sociability, it is a species that can be supported in captivity; that can help a little with its conservation. Its reproduction is sexual. The pairing takes place between January and February. For its birth, they are oviparous. The average incubation period is 84 days at a temperature of 87ºF. The number of babies depends on the climate and changes between 13 and 30.