Today is National Iguana Awareness Day!
“Hard to care for, Easy to Love” – the slogan of National Iguana Awareness Day.
Iguanas grow to a mature size of 5-6 feet long. With this being said, they need a large enclosure – as large as possible (some lucky iguanas even get their own room).
Like many other animals iguanas can develop preferences for foods that are not necessarily the best for them so ensuring they eat a variety of healthy foods can take patience and persistence.
Iguanas are very strong and have personalities to match. Regular handling and attention will be necessary to keep an iguana tame. Unhappy or irritated iguanas can inflict painful bites or lashes with their powerful tail.
Iguanas are complex to care for. Their large size and strict husbandry requirements mean they need a lot of space and a lot of care, and it can be expensive and time-consuming to meet their needs. Despite the complexity of caring for an iguana, they are magnificent animals when they are properly loved and can make good pets for those who are prepared to meet the time, space, and other care commitments.
Although they will consume a wide variety of foods if offered, green iguanas are naturally herbivorous and require a precise ratio of minerals (2 to 1 calcium to phosphorus) in their diet. Some of the most accessible staple vegetables, greens, and fruit seem to be; Green Apple, Tomato, Mangos, Butternut squash, Sweet Potato, Green beans, Snap peas, Okra, Escarole, and Collard Greens.
Green iguanas are tropical animals and will thrive only in temperatures of 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 32 degrees Celsius) They require natural unfiltered sunlight or specialized light bulbs for UVA and UVA exposure. Without proper lighting their bodies cannot develop Vitamin D, and will develop metabolic bone disease which is fatal if not treated.