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Iguanas / Which type of Iguana makes the best pet? 

Exotic Pet  / Vet Smart Fact Series - Iguanas 

4 Cool Fats about Green Iguanas 

7 Care Tips for Green Iguanas 

Iguanas are one of the more recent "fad" pets, becoming readily available in many pet stores, often at very low prices.  These are young iguanas that don't seem to be too difficult to care for, a myth often perpetuated by retailers hoping to sell them.  Of course, they are very cute too! But, as with all reptiles, iguanas have fairly strict feeding and housing requirements.  And they grow, often very large (if they survive) and they can be difficult to tame and become aggressive.  This is not to say that iguanas cannot make good pets - but they need the proper care right from the start, and owners need to have the right expectations. Melissa Kaplan, who authors what I would consider to be the best reptile site on the Net, has written an article entitled "So, You Think You Want a Reptile." Although not specific to iguanas, this article examines questions and considerations for every potential reptile owner.  

Also, it has been found that many reptiles carry Salmonella, meaning it is present in the digestive tract without causing disease. Following common sense hygiene practices when handling iguanas should prevent problems, but if there are young children, pregnant women, immunocompromised people or elderly persons in contact with the iguana, extra care will have to be taken to prevent Salmonella infections, or perhaps a reptile isn't the right pet for your household, period!

With that said, here are some of the better iguana sites on the Net:

  • Green Iguana Care 
    An excellent, very detailed and large guide to all aspects of iguana care. Well maintained and organized by Melissa Kaplan.  I consider this to be the ultimate resource online for iguanas (in fact all reptiles)!
  • Iguana Care 
  • By Carole Saucier, a 3 page quick guide to iguana care, valuable for its cost estimates for the equipment needed to start out with a pet iguana.

Adult iguana, wearing a Worm Lady 4mm Leather Cord Leash, ready for its outdoors free-roaming afternoon excercise.

Iguannas are arboreal and love climbing to the top of trees.  In their natural habitat they get lots of excercise searching for food and basking in the sun at high altitures (usually at the very top of the tallest tree in the area).  It is therefore essential to properly leash them if you plan to leave them outside to enjoy nature, and not have them run away up a large tree out of reach.  

The Worm Lady's Leather Cord Leashes are specifically made for safety, comfort, and dependability for your iguana.

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