Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   Sep 06

It’s National Iguana Awareness Day!

National Iguana Awareness Day (NIAD) was established in 1998 to discourage folks from viewing iguanas as “disposable pets”. Because of the low cost and “mass market” appeal of these animals many are are purchased without the means or knowledge to care for them properly, dooming them to an early death after just a few years.

Iguanas are not suitable lizards for beginners. People purchase iguanas due to the small size, low price, and apparent low cost of feeding of juvenile iguanas. Though small and cute as juveniles, iguanas can grow to six feet in length and weigh some 20 pounds. They can be an aggressive lizard.

Although they will consume a wide variety of foods if offered, green iguanas are naturally herbivorous and require a precise ratio of minerals (2 to 1 calcium to phosphorus) in their diet. Some of the most accessible staple vegetables, greens, and fruit seem to be; Green Apple, Tomato, Mangos, Butternut squash, Sweet Potato, Green beans, Snap peas, Okra, Escarole, and Collard Greens.

Green iguanas are tropical animals and will thrive only in temperatures of 75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 32 degrees Celsius) They require natural unfiltered sunlight or specialized light bulbs for UVA and UVA exposure. Without proper lighting their bodies cannot develop Vitamin D, and will develop metabolic bone disease which is fatal if not treated.

Leave green iguanas to the experts, please, or educate yourself, take the time and spend the money to raise and house them properly.

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One Comment

  1. Alicia H. says:

    Iguanas are so cool, thanks for the info!