Even before you consider purchasing an iguana, you must consider its needs for a proper home. Since the iguanaâ€™s health is dependant on the actual environment that he lives in, it is essential that this part of the process happen first, before anything else.
Iguanaâ€™s use their homes for more than just shelter. It is imperative that his home provides the necessary protection but also the right heat for his well being. Unlike the dog or other mammals, iguanas must have a well maintained climate in order to stay healthy.
This is due to the iguanaâ€™s need for the wavelengths of the light within its home. They will use these wavelengths to aid in their metabolism as well as in their body chemistry.
What Was Home Like?
If you consider where the iguana is from, you can see what his needs will be in the climate that you create for him. The extreme temperatures of that environment were also fairly humid. This combination is what his body is conditioned for and therefore must be replaced in the shelter youâ€™ll provide for him if he is to survive and be as healthy as he can be.
Without an environment that is conditioned for the right temperature and humidity, your iguana will become ill, it will suffer and it may even die because of this one simple factor. What does he need, then? There are several key pieces of information to consider. Weâ€™ll break them down for you right here.
Do you need lots of room? The iguana is so small, how can they even imagine needing so much room? No matter what you thought about his size or the room he needed, this is an important consideration.
First, they arenâ€™t small. In many cases, an iguana will grow up to six feet in length. Thatâ€™s a lot of iguana for you to provide shelter for. There is one misconception out there about this, though. Many think that if they limit the room that they provide to their iguana that they will be safely protecting it from getting extremely large. This is not true. He will continue to grow.
Iguanas start growing at a faster rate then they will down the road. But, he will grow his entire life. Within your first year of owning him, your iguana will likely grow out of the 55 gallon aquarium that you bought it. For this consideration alone you should carefully decide on whether this is the right pet for you. Space is necessary for the animal.