How to choose the best cage for your giant iguana

How to choose the best cage for your giant iguana

If someone walks into their local pet store, they are likely to see a wide variety of reptiles for sale. Many of these are quite small and never reach lengths greater than twelve inches. An example of this type of pet lizard would be a green anole which can be housed in a 10 gallon terrarium. However, for some people, a giant iguana is a more suitable and interesting choice of reptile. Here you will learn how to choose the best cage for a giant iguana.

The most important factor when choosing your giant iguana's cage is to get one in the proper size. The size of the cage will greatly influence the potential health of your pet. Like with aquarium fish, many people believe that a lizard will only grow to a size determined by the room in its cage. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Most species of iguanas will grow at a fast pace in the first half of their life before their growth rate slows down as they get older.

The best advice for anyone interested in owning a giant iguana is to determine if they have the financial resources and space available to give their pet a healthy, happy life. If not, then it is best to choose a smaller pet that is more affordable.

For the first 6 to 12 months of live, a pet iguana does not require a large cage. A 50 gallon terrarium will likely be sufficient, but after a year this will be pressing the limits of cage size for your lizard.

Besides the size of the cage, the giant iguana cage has other accessories that are required for a healthy life.

The enclosure should have areas that have different temperatures. In nature, an iguana will move about to find a location that has the best amount of heat to properly regulate its temperature (since they are cold blooded). At least one area should have a temperature of approximately 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be achieved with the help of a heat lamp and/or a heat pad.

A water dish should be available for the giant iguana to supplement the water it receives from its food if necessary. The water dish also acts as a humidity source to provide the humidity needed for the iguana to absorb water directly from the air.

The best way to get all these factors, especially size and the ability to add many climbing branches is to build your own iguana cage if you have the basic tools and skills needed (or know someone who does.

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