Iguana Care Basics

Iguana Awareness Day is coming up September 14th! These guys may not be as popular as dogs and cats, but they actually are quite fun, charismatic pets. A local Dallas, GA vet offers a few basic pointers on iguana care in this article.


Baby iguanas are quite small. Iggy may fit into the palm of your hand at first, and will initially do fine in a small tank. However, he won’t stay that small for long. Adult iguanas can be seven feet long or more! By that point, your pet will need either a large enclosure or possibly his own room. This area will need proper flooring. Choose something that is easy to clean, such as linoleum. Iggy will also need climbing branches, a hide, and some sturdy dishes.


Like many other reptiles, iguanas have some very specific environmental requirements. Iggy will need both UVA and UVB lights, so you’ll need some equipment for that. Get good quality brands, and remember to change the bulbs out regularly. Iguana enclosures must also be kept within certain temperature parameters. One end of your pet’s habitat should be warmer than the other, so he can regulate his temperature by going back and forth. During the day, it should be between 80 and 90F. At night, make sure it stays over 75F.


Your little (or not so little) dinosaur is a vegetarian. Iggy will need leafy greens, such as dandelion greens, endive, mustard greens, and watercress, as well as other, more colorful veggies and some fresh fruit. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Iggy will need to soak in shallow lukewarm water at least 3-4 times a week. This is important for both hygiene and hydration. You’ll need to keep a close eye on him during his baths.

Veterinary Care

You’ll need a good vet, one who is very familiar with reptile care. It’s of course important for you to know where to go if your pet ever gets sick. However, it’s also beneficial to have a source of information.


It’s worth pointing out that Iggy isn’t necessarily going to be the cuddliest pet ever. Some iguanas can be aggressive at times, while others just want their heads scritched. Do some research before adopting an iguana!

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