First steps to owning a giant green iguana

Now that reptiles are becoming more and more commonly kept as pets, people are really starting to push the limits. Whereas a few decades ago, many people would only consider trying to own smaller lizards, pets are now being kept that have earned the title - giant green iguana.

Many new pet iguana owners start out with a cute little baby green iguana without realizing that they will someday become a giant green iguana! These pets can quickly grow to monstrous proportions, reaching upwards of 4 to 6 feet long. The accessories and cage initially purchased for such a pet will not necessarily last for a very long time when the growth rate of such pets are considered. Here are the ins and outs of owning giant iguanas.

There is no doubt that a healthy green iguana should reach it's maximum size if kept in a good environment and fed properly. The first step is to start with the best baby iguana available. Any baby considered for purchase should be alert and very active. There should be no missing body parts or limbs (though missing tail tips should grow back quickly). You should not be able to find any obvious lumps, bumps, scratches, or cuts.

Any iguana that is worth buying should be watched for their types of movement. Healthy iguanas do not stay in any one place for a prolonged amount of time. They will walk around within their enclosure and show curiosity with the environment. Look for an iguana that is watchful of its surroundings that often flicks its tongue in and out as it monitors everything.

For a pet iguana to become a giant green iguana, it needs a good environment and proper foods. A 10 gallon aquarium will not give the pet the freedom to move about or the room to grow at a healthy rate. The best habitat is a custom cage that provides adequate room for many branches and climbing activities. Leafy green veggies are the best primary food source to help your pet iguana grow into a top quality giant green iguana reaching lengths of 6 feet! A healthy baby pet iguana, an expansive cage with lots of room to climb, and a balanced diet that includes leafy vegetables are the cornerstones needed to help your pet become the best giant green iguana it can be!

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