Iguana – original pet
In recent years more and more popular are beginning to use these, at first glance, impregnable, but actually, very interesting and, in its own way, unique Pets, iguanas.
These thoughtful and proud reptiles benefit greatly to the usual dogs, cats and hamsters: because their wool does not have to constantly clean the furniture and coatings, they have virtually no smell, not emit sounds they don’t need to walk, besides, they do not cause allergies.
Plus, the man who dared to have and take care of such unusual Pets, can be called bold and creative, because it’s really, very original for our latitude. However, this reptile can live in your house a long and happy life, you need to know in advance how to care for your iguana, because, as it turns out, this is by far the easiest pet to the upbringing and maintenance in the home.
Only after you weigh the “pros” and “cons”, you can go for the purchase of the animal, because the iguanas, provided incorrect or insufficient care in captivity and fade quickly, in 2-3 years, die.
If all conditions are met and the reptile feeling of comfort, the life could easily be 15-20 years. So, Nachnem the beginning. The most common variety, both the natural and in the home, it is the green iguana, the habitats of which are the North and South Africa, as well as certain areas of Africa.
Due to the fact that it is reptiles who are accustomed to fairly warm and humid climate, their content is not cheap, because the most important thing for them is to design your home with the conditions closest to natural.
Therefore, immediately think of what you have to spend not only for the purchase of the animals, the price of which can be quite high, but on multiple devices for a terrarium that will keep him a certain conditions of climate.
Of course, the content of the iguana isn’t always easy, but fans of exotic will then be able to appreciate the charms of these Pets. It is worth noting that this is a very smart and easy socialservice beings who love and attached to their owners.
How to select a healthy iguana?
If you do decide to have such a unique pet, then going into the store, it would not hurt to know how to choose a healthy and strong individual. Carefully observe a reptile, consider its color and overall appearance: iguana should be bright, dull colors to show her ill-health, perhaps of fungal disease.
Despite the fact that the iguana is called “green”, it will not necessarily be like this, you can meet different color, which varies from green, to red, pale mauve, pink and even black! Color may vary from the range of its habitat, and diet of the giant lizards.
Take the iguana in your hands, inspect her mouth: gently pull the throat fold: it must be pink, and the language of red. The paleness of both, it shows a lack of calcium, in principle, this point can be corrected in the future, with proper care and maintenance.
Inspect the fingers and feet – they should not be any lumps, and especially tumors. Tail and comb on it can also tell about the health of his master – he must not be dry and darkened. Inspect the anus reptiles – it must be clean and dry.
Equip a home for the animals
As we have said, the most important thing in the proper care of the iguana is the arrangement of her house. Usually it is a terrarium in which the lizard can feel secluded and comfortable. While the iguana is small, it is quite a small house: where is 60 cm long and 80 cm deep.
1.5 to 2 years of reptile reaches its maximum size, and the terrarium will have to change to a new, but permanent, depending on its new size.
It is important to find the right place in the apartment to house iguanas: this should be a quiet and secluded place, where no sharp sounds and drafts. As in their native climate of these animals the level of humidity reaches 100% humid in the terrarium the figure to hold at least 80%.
The humidity can be secured with small pools or waterfalls, and through ventilation systems and injection. Under the swimming pools it is desirable to enclose a heating pad that will keep the temperature of the must, resulting in an iguana, after heating under a warm lamp will not be able to SuperCool in the cool water of the pool.
As for temperature, it should be at the level of 25-28°, or a little more, but not exceeding 35°, otherwise the reptile is in danger of overheating, which can result in death.
For heating the terrarium typically use incandescent lamps, it is necessary to arrange them so that the pet is not able to reach them and, as a consequence, to get burned.
Another important aspect of the content of such Pets is the sun, and, with him, and essential vitamin D3, contributing to the normal absorption of calcium in the body of the iguana. Natural light from the window is not enough, so you will need inside the cage to install the UV lamp.
These devices emit UV rays that, in turn, contribute to the full development of your pet, without them the animal will be sick, start to bend legs, tail and claws, which leads to further fractures and serious diseases.
At the bottom of the house, you must is not recommended to spread some soil, sawdust or pieces of papers, with time, it will all be in the mouth of the reptile, which can lead to eating disorders. For these purposes it is best to use a special Mat.
It is important that inside the house was some kind of thick wood, perfect fruit trees. Preliminary it must be boiled to kill various parasites. The fact that the nature of iguanas most of the time somewhere on the tree, but because without something like this she would be extremely uncomfortable.
What to feed such a pet?
Despite the fact that in nature, these reptiles can eat small insects or spiders, vets claim that at home they should be fed only vegetarian food. The basis of the daily diet should be greens and salads (70-80%), the rest of the vegetables and fruits (10-15%).
It is very important that the herbs and vegetables were rich in calcium, these include: salads, clover, dandelions, parsley, sweet pepper, broccoli, peas. Rejoice your favorite strawberry, pumpkin, Savoy cabbage, cauliflower, raspberries, blackberries, and citrus, will not refuse figs and corn.
Try to vary the diet of such animals, by the way, “walking” their miracle around the apartment, be careful, iguanas can easily enjoy your potted flowers.
Communication with the iguana
As for walking, these Pets need them, but only within your apartment and strictly under your supervision.
Otherwise, the iguana can not only ruin some household goods, ranging from indoor plants, finishing wires, but accidentally hurt yourself, for example, to jump out the door or out the window.
Such Pets should not be much to squeeze in their hands you need to take gently, clasping the hand the arm, and the second holding rear paws, tail touching is not recommended, otherwise the iguana can scare and drop him.