Dispelling green iguana myths

Despite being a relatively common pet for many years, there are many myths and outright erroneous facts about the green iguana. If these myths are believed, then green iguanas may come to some harm when kept at home. To help reduce the danger these myths pose to green iguana health, some of the most commonly believed myths are dispelled below.

1 - Iguanas cannot grow bigger than their cages. This is completely incorrect. This myth is also believed by many people who keep fish in aquariums. Keeping an iguana in a small cage to help it remain small is not good for the health of an iguana. More importantly, it will not work. If fed properly, a green iguana will reach 4 to 6 feet in length. Keeping one on in a small cage will not stunt it's growth, but will harm the overall health of your pet iguana.

2 - A green iguana can eat gravel to help digest its food. While this is true for some other species, it is not true for iguanas. A few people consider adding gravel to the iguana cage to let it eat them. This can prove harmful to your iguana. If an iguana eats gravel, it will be at a high risk of death. Please do not feed your green iguana any gravel.

3 - Iguanas only need iceberg lettuce. This is also a myth that should not be believed. Your pet iguana requires a varied diet to get all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and energy it needs. Iceberg lettuce has very few minerals, unfortunately. A proper iguana diet consists of fruit, vegetables, and green vegetable leaves. Some foods to consider are bell peppers, romaine lettuce, collard greens, papaya, grapes, mangoes, peas and green beans. It is always a good idea to introduce any new food in small quantities to see how your pet handles them.

4 - Heat rocks are a great way to warm up your green iguana. Heat rocks can actually burn your iguana, harm it's skin, and let an infection get started in the wound. A better way to help your iguana is to have a basking spot created by the use of a heat lamp that creates heat in the range of 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

These are four myths that should be avoided at all costs. Treat your iguana properly and it will live a long and happy life!

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