Getting Prepared for your Baby Iguanas

Baby Iguanas

Just like with cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals, the most amount of fun can be had with iguanas if you buy them as babies. In this regard, baby iguanas share many features of care with the animals mentioned above. These pets are most fragile and sensitive to changes in their youngest months. Care must be maintained to ensure that when the move to your home they have a suitable environment/cage and a knowledgeable owner. Pet iguanas, if sufficiently cared for, can live healthy lives up to 20 years old. If you want them to stay healthy well into their old age, proper care should be started right from when they are purchased as baby iguanas. Some tips should be considered.

Ideal shelter for your baby iguanas

A smaller cage will be just fine for a baby iguana, but you should remember that they will grow to be 4 to 6 feet long as adults. If it is in your budget, consider starting out with a cage big enough to house the iguana when it gets to adult size.

The baby iguana's cage should be properly furnished. This means a good quality material for the floor should be considered. Good flooring can be made out of fake turf or carpet that is easily cleaned.

In nature, iguanas live in trees near a source of water. Try to get some branches in a variety of sizes for your baby iguanas to climb on. They do not necessarily have to have fake leaves, but if they do it creates a more natural environment that your iguana will appreciate. Because iguanas can grow up to 10+ lbs, the branches and other items should be securely attached to the frame of the cage.

Proper temperature and humidity for baby iguanas

Iguanas are cold blooded reptiles. This means they cannot create enough heat to maintain a constant body temperature. Because of this, the temperature of a baby iguana's cage is an important factor to monitor. Pet iguanas will do well if their environment is kept near 85 to 90F and will be able to properly digest their food if this requirement is provided. This amount of heat is best provided by a heat lamp designed for reptiles. The temperature can safely drop slightly at night time so turning off the light is fine overnight.

Humidity is important because baby iguanas are able to (and should) absorb water directly from the air. This is achieved by having a dish of water in the tank that will provide humidity as high as 95%. Monitoring the humidity and temperature will go a long way towards helping your pet iguana stay healthy!

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