Iguanas as Pets | Animal Medical New City

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While reptiles are not my forte, Doctors Doug and Kevin Schmidt and Dr. Spencer at Patton Veterinary Hospital do see reptiles and other exotic pets. One of the most common reptiles kept as pets is the green iguana. Iguanas are found naturally in subtropical areas such as Mexico, South America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and many of the Caribbean islands. As I found out on my recent trip to the Florida Keys, iguanas are a non-native species that were introduced to the state and can be somewhat of a nuisance. They were not native to Florida, but, many people released unwanted pet iguanas into the wild, and those that survived are breeding and becoming an invasive species.
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An important part of iguana care is to set the proper lighting in the enclosures of the pets. You have to install proper lighting like UVA and UVB lights so that your pets can stay healthy. Natural sunlight is the best source of UVA lights. For the UVB source of lighting, you can get special bulbs from pet stores. Ensure that you change these bulbs frequently (at least once in 9 months) for optimum results. Do Iguanas Make Good Pets?
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Contrary to popular belief, iguanas are far from the easy pet they aresaid to be. When considering iguanas as pets there are many things youshould think about.
Small iguanas in the wild are prey for a variety of predators, and thus are skittish and easily stressed by the presence of other pets, which they see as a threat. They are also quite vulnerable to injury at this young age and small size, and are unable to effectively defend themselves against other, larger pets. For this reason, small iguanas should be kept securely in their enclosures when other pets are present. Be sure that the enclosure is "pet proof", and has a secure lid or door that cannot be loosened, removed or broken by a persistent cat or dog.Although iguanas have become one of the most popular pets, they are still very misunderstood. Many people are still caring for their iguanas based on a large number of myths and misconceptions. These so-called facts have been spread through outdated books, various people that are not informed on the latest in iguana husbandry, and even sometimes veterinarians that are not qualified to treat and offer advice on iguana care. Below is a list of many of the most common myths and misconceptions about iguanas...As a small iguana grows, becomes tame and gets used to being handled, you can cautiously begin face-to-face introductions between pets by holding your iguana securely and allowing cats and dogs to sniff it. Do not rush this stage, however! A small iguana can be difficult to handle, and if it is too small, too skittish, or not being held properly, it is likely to panic, wiggle free of the safety of your hands, and be gone before you can react. No matter how well-trained your dog or cat is, a tiny green lizard darting across the floor and dragging a tantalizingly long tail behind it (in a cat's mind, iguana tail = neat green string) will probably be too much of a temptation to resist. Also, although a small iguana may seem comfortable with another pet on the other side of its enclosure walls, it may react differently when the wall is no longer there. Be prepared for anything.Allowing the iguana and other pets to view each other through the safety of the enclosure walls will encourage them to get used to each other's presence. Since your iguana is confined to its enclosure and cannot escape from the watchful eyes of other pets, you need to be sure to provide it with a hidebox, where it can retreat if it feels threatened or insecure. At night, you may consider not allowing other pets access to the room where your iguana is kept, until you feel that your iguana has become quite comfortable in the presence of other pets and will be able to rest, sleep and feel secure at night. This initial period of acclimation through the enclosure walls should continue for some time, until the iguana is larger, and until the pets are quite used to one another's presence.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.