As an Iguana breeder, I have been asked many times why I do not recommend any cages be purchased for Iguana’s other than the standard plastic and wire mesh cages. These cages are the most popular with pet stores and breeders. People seem to love them for all sorts of reasons. Let’s look at why a cage for your Iguana really should be a little different.
I understand that green iguana enclosures may be very attractive. They are very popular and people like to purchase them for this reason alone. Many people do buy them without thinking about how big they really need to be. They seem to think that six feet by ten feet is good enough, but it is not.
You will find out sooner or later if you are a true breeder or just want to get your pets from a baby Iguana Enclosure site, that even the smallest cages for your iguana will be too small for them. You can download article about breeding techniques and you’ll see what I mean. When you read an article on breeding your iguana and see that it is recommended to buy a net with a mesh size of six feet by ten feet, you’ll know right then and there that you have found the right cage for your pet.
The first thing you need to consider is ventilation. This is critical, when purchasing an iguana cage. It doesn’t matter whether you have one that is already made or if you are building one yourself, the vents in the cage must be able to allow fresh air to come in and oxygen to flow out. Also, you need to make sure that the cage has a way to remove the waste material. Otherwise, your new pet can easily catch the feces and ingest the toxins in them.
Ventilation is extremely important and plays an important role in the Iguana Enclosure. Many pet owners fail to realize this and they are very disappointed with the results. The best way to improve ventilation is to use clear plastic sheets to create air passages in the cage. But, before that, you have to figure out what size you are looking for. There are some things to consider like size of the opening, the height of the opening, and the width of the opening.
The size of the opening and the height of the opening depends on what type of animal you have. Lizards and sloths have small incisors that cannot penetrate the mesh. They need a much smaller mesh than dogs and cats. If you put your iguana in the wrong sized cage, you’re not going to have any luck cleaning it out. So, it’s necessary that you know what the proper cage size is so that you can purchase the correct UVB/UVC filter.
Now that you have everything setup, you need to select the lighting source. The best lighting for your lizard tank will be light bulbs that have been specially UVB/UVC rated. Make sure that the bulb does not have mercury or lead in the glass. You can find this information on the packaging. You can also purchase a UVB monitor that will be able to give you the amount of light needed by your iguana to thrive.
Now that you have those things in place you should be ready to house your pet. You should also consider an air purifier to help keep your tank fresh and clean. Lastly, it’s important that you have the proper temperature and humidity level set up. This will ensure that your pet stays healthy. Make sure that the temperature of the enclosure matches that of the tank. It’s a good idea to place a small water bowl inside the cage to encourage your iguana to drink.