Possible diseases a fat iguana might have!

The diet requirements vary between the different species of iguana available as pets. Though most iguana species are herbivorous, a few are carnivorous and some rely on a mix of both plant and animal based foods to stay healthy. If you have a fat iguana, it might simply be overweight. Unfortunately, fat iguanas might be in the early or late stages of several diseases.

Overview of Iguana Nutrition

The carnivorous iguanas eat such foods as waxworms and mealworms. Herbivorous iguanas (for example forest dwelling or species that live in trees) get most of their nutritional requirements from plant leaves, fruits, and other parts of plants.

It is important to know what types of foods your iguana should be getting on a regular basis if you want to keep him in best health. Signs of improper feeding routines include obesity, bloating and decreased energy.

Potential diseases a fat iguana can have!

Fat iguanas might simply be overweight due to minimal activity and eating too much food. If this is the case, then try to entice the pet iguana to become more active and slightly decrease the amount of food given at each feeding time.

Some iguanas, however, are prone to two diseases: nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism and metabolic bone disease. Symptoms of these diseases include a fat iguana that appears to be too bony. Swollen jaws might also be noticed. It is important to catch these diseases before they progress to bone fractures and noticeable deformity.

Avoiding these illnesses can be achieved if an ideal diet is given (some recommend low phosphorus and high calcium diets are provided to iguanas). As mentioned earlier, exercise will also help improve the health of fat iguanas.

Is your iguana growing healthily?

It is always comforting to know if a pet iguana is healthy! A newly hatched iguana measures approximately three inches long. It undergoes rapid growth until about one year old at which point it should measure up to 10 inches long.

After a pet iguana reaches about one and a half years old, the rate of growth slows down but continues on if your pet is healthy. A healthy iguana should maintain bright coloration and be active on a regular basis. It should be interested in eating when food is given.

Providing a diet based on the nutrient requirement of its species will help ensure your iguana remains healthy and does not become too heavy or overweight.



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