Iguana Enclosure – Caring For Your Iguana


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For a starter’s Iguana, an indoor environment is often preferable to a cage or terrarium. But, even if you do keep your Iguana in a cage or aquarium, there are some special considerations you should think about, especially if you plan on caring for an outdoor Iguana. Cages and aquariums offer the ideal home for a small animal, but their smaller sizes may limit your Iguana’s behavioral choices and activities.

If your pet is going to be an exotic pet, or if it will be one of the more aggressive species of lizards, a larger outdoor Iguana enclosure is definitely the way to go. Ideally, all Iguana owners would ideally live in a warm and sunny area which would support an outdoor Iguana enclosure. However, if you do keep your pet outside, you need to provide your pet with plenty of room. You should give your iguana enough room to grow and move around as they are teenagers, and they do tend to “bark” when they feel left out. If your child has a playmate, be sure that your iguana has enough space to socialize with your child as well.

Most people think of me as being the same thing that underfloor heating systems use. This is definitely one important component of an iguana cage, but not the only one. There is a particular type of mesh called Stainless Steel, and this is the type of mesh most commonly found in iguana cages. In order to be able to keep the temperatures that your iguana needs to be at, you will need to put an extra heating unit inside of the mesh, along with a light bulb on one side. This setup may seem difficult if you don’t have a lot of space, but if you plan on having your iguana live in the enclosure for a long period of time, it really isn’t that hard.

The reason for putting one side of the cage on a heating unit and the other one of the cage on an electrical outlet is to regulate the temperature inside of the enclosure. Iguanas can get very cold during the winter time, and they can even freeze. Without heating units to place in the iguana cage, the cold can severely affect your little animal. Heating the opposite side of the cage from the one that you will be using for your iguana’s sleeping area can be beneficial as well. This way, they get to have the same temperature that they were in before you put them in their enclosure.

Some people wonder how they are supposed to supply a water supply for their iguanas. Water is an essential element for reptiles, and all lizards (and all mammals, for that matter) need a water source in order to survive. However, the water supply in the enclosure has to be deep enough that the iguanas can drink from it without drowning. Also, if you choose to use a floating bowl, make sure that it is big enough for the iguana to swim around in. This way, they don’t have to strain too much in order to drink from the bowl.

One of the biggest concerns of pet owners with iguanas is the humidity level inside of their iguana enclosure. A humidifier may be able to help decrease the humidity, but it is always best to purchase a high quality humidifier for this purpose. Most of these come with an automatic shut-off feature so that you don’t have to constantly monitor the humidity levels in the enclosure. Instead, the shut-off function will turn off the motor and automatically turn the humidifier off after a set amount of time. You can also find high quality humidity meters that will be able to measure the humidity in the air and instantly give you the right humidity level for your pets.

If you have a tree or hanging branch above your iguana cage, it is important that you keep them out of the cage and remove the branches when you are cleaning out the iguana tank. This is because some of the branches can break off and become lodged in the intakes of your iguana cage, causing extra moisture to be absorbed by the cage and affecting the ability of your iguana to absorb the necessary nutrition from their diet. Be sure to clean these branches out of the cage periodically so that they are not hindering your iguana’s ability to function properly.

Another issue to be aware of is where you place your lights. Many people are surprised to learn that the branches in the cage can actually cause your iguana stress due to their inability to view the outside world. If possible, provide more natural lighting by placing fluorescent lights directly above the cage instead of using metal halide lights. This will provide the iguana with the needed warmth to prevent them from being cold.

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