The green iguana is a popular lizard pet

The Green Iguana reptile is a fairly large lizard that has become popular as a domestic pet.
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Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as crazy as you might think. In this video, he tells you four cool facts about green iguanas.

Iguanas are types of lizards. There's a huge family of lizards out there that are known as iguanas. There's desert iguanas in the American southwest. There's the Galapagos iguanas out on those islands. Then there's the common green iguana that many of you have encountered before in your lives.

Anybody who's taking a trip to Central South America or even some of the islands in the Caribbean, you've been introduced by green iguanas. Anybody living in Florida certainly knows about green iguanas because they've been let loose in Florida in massive numbers, and they now have procreated and inhabit almost every corner of that state.

Green iguanas are really a magnificent creature that are arboreal in nature, meaning they love to be in the trees. The green iguana whose up really high looking down on you is a calm, easygoing creature.

A green iguana on the ground, however, is a different story. Green iguanas feel trapped when they look up at someone approaching them, and they have a bunch of weapons that makes them a formidable animal to deal with.

Number one, when they get upset, they whack their tail, like that. Thank you very much. Right on cue. Whack their tail. If you come close to them, they'll bite and defend themselves. If they can't do that, they'll try to rip you with their hind legs, like so. They have formidable claws, and they're extremely powerful.

Green iguanas are abundant throughout their terrain. People in Central America actually use iguanas as food. They call them chicken of the forest. They're apparently quite tasty. I wouldn't know.

Green iguanas are plentiful. That giant dewlap there, that big piece of skin protruding from the bottom, tells me that you have a small male here. That's just like our Anole friends. Iguanas use that dewlap to show that they are the biggest iguana in the area, or to show a mate how colorful they are.

They'll stay green until about seven years old. Then the males, which will have giant crests on their back, turn a beautiful orange-y color, and that's when they become a mature iguana.

Iguanas are plentiful. There's many different species. Another is the rock iguana that you'll see throughout the Caribbean islands, Jamaica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic. It's a heavy-bodied animal. Usually very dark in color. They're close cousins, but the green iguana is the one most people are familiar with. Isn't that right?
The Bearded Dragon is one of the most common lizard pets, along with iguanas. They are generally docile.
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The green iguana is a popular lizard pet. Mature males (2 years and older) are easily distinguished from females as they have larger and more pronounced femoral pores on the inner aspects of the thighs than females. These pores are openings of glands that are used in marking behaviors. Under proper conditions, adults can reach several pounds and grow to 6 feet in length. Therefore, proper provisions must be made for a larger enclosure as the pet ages. Sexual maturity is reached by 2 years of age. Females can lay eggs without a male, although the eggs will be infertile and not hatch. With proper care, your iguana can live 10-15 years. Spaying and neutering can be done for conditions such as chronic egg laying in females or aggressiveness in mature males. The Green Iguana is a popular lizard found in almost all pet stores. Learn how to take care of them with this green iguana care sheet.
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Photo provided by FlickrThe Bearded Dragon is one of the most common lizard pets, along with iguanas.
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The idea of keeping iguanas as pets has spawned a lot of discussion and debate over the years. In this article, I'm not going to explain why you should or shouldn't keep an iguana as a pet. That's your decision to make. Instead, I'll focus on the challenges these lizards can present, when kept in captivity. Then you can decide if you're up for the challenge and responsibility of keeping iguanas as pets.If you don't provide the right kind of lighting for your green iguana, it will suffer and eventually die. That's the simple truth of the matter. Every year, thousands of iguanas die in captivity due to a lack of UV exposure. These are tropical lizards that, in the wild, spend much of their time basking in the sun. , green iguanas have a fairly high requirement for UVB light. When keeping them as pets, you need to take this into account. They need daily exposure to this kind of lighting, in order to properly absorb nutrients and vitamins from their food.