For a baby or young iguana (up to around 18-inches long), a 20-gallon aquarium is adequate. An adult iguana, however (which can grow to 6-feet in length and weigh 11 or more pounds), requires much more room. An adult iguana tank should be at least 12-feet long by 8-feet high.

What type of enclosure is best for an iguana?

Glass or Plexiglas® enclosures with good ventilation are ideal. The cage bottom should be easy to disinfect and keep clean and the cage should have a screened top to prevent the iguana from escaping, while still allowing some ventilation.

Can an iguana live in a 75 gallon tank?

How big should an iguana tank be? Iguanas can get very large, and at their largest need a 75-gallon tank. You can get a smaller tank and continue to upgrade the size as they grow, but you may be better off starting with a 75-gallon tank.

Do iguanas need a big cage?

Since your iguana can grow to be quite large, your pet’s cage will need to be big. An ideal iguana cage is often bigger than most people expect. For an adult iguana, his cage should be at least 8 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 6 feet high.

Do iguanas need 24 7?

Turtles, tortoises, bearded dragons, iguanas, and chameleons are some common examples of reptiles that need UVB light. This helps prevent animals from developing hypocalcemia (or lack of calcium). UVB lights should be kept on during the day and turned off at night and should be used along with calcium supplements.

Should I let my iguana free roam?

Letting your iguana roam gives him more free space, exercise, and mental stimulation. It also allows you to interact with him more. However, it also exposes him to many more risks for his health and safety, and you may run into issues keeping your home and personal items protected and clean.

Do iguanas need a heat lamp at night?

Your iguana will benefit from a good temperature drop over night. If the enclosure does get below, say, 16 degrees Celsius, then the use of a Ceramic bulb (CHE) or the Arcadia Deep Heat Projector to keep the temperatures around 18 – 20 degrees Celsius is fine. But honestly, don’t worry about night temps.

How often should I mist my iguana?

Iguanas need at least 70% humidity in their environment. You can increase the humidity of your iguana’s habitat by adding a pool of water to the enclosure or using a mister. It’s generally recommended to mist your iguana two times a day to increase humidity and maintain healthy skin.

Is a male or female iguana better?

Males and females mostly share the same kind of temperament. Both sexes can be very aggressive if they are not socialized properly from a young age. However, both sexes can also make lovely companions if their care is high-quality and consistent from the time they are hatchlings.

Do iguanas like to be petted?

When many people get a pet, they look forward to bonding with it. However, Iguanas are not suitable for petting and touching. Even Iguanas that have been exposed to humans from birth do not like being touched. Although you can train Iguanas to tolerate you, they will never truly like to be handled.

Do iguanas recognize their owners?

They recognize their owners by sight and sound.



Many people unfamiliar with iguanas don’t realize it, but pet iguanas absolutely recognize their owners by sight and sound. Iguanas have very keen vision and clearly see their owners and recognize them. Iguanas also hear well.

Do iguanas need a heat rock?

In addition to heat, iguanas need UVB lighting to help them absorb calcium and to synthesize vitamin D3. Since they are not getting natural sunlight in our homes, we must provide UVB light in the form of a special fluorescent bulb designed to produce UVB rays. Do not use heat rocks.

Do green iguanas like to be held?

For starters, iguanas don’t like to be touched. You can train them to TOLERATE touch, but they don’t really like it. Experienced iguana owners have noted that their pet iguanas close their eyes when they pet them, but this is not because they like being pet.

How often do you feed an iguana?

How often should I feed my iguana? Most young iguanas need to eat daily, while adult iguanas can be fed daily or every other day if they are overweight.

What does it mean when your iguana licks you?

When your iguana licks you, it means that it’s trying to learn more about you. Iguanas have a sensory organ called Jacobson’s organ, which helps them get information about smell, taste and catch chemical signals. This way, iguanas learn about their surroundings and other lizards/people around them.

Do iguanas get lonely?

No, iguanas do not get lonely because they are solitary lizards. Loneliness is not an issue for iguanas – because they get territorial and want to have the best spots and territory to themselves.

How much room does a iguana need?

Because iguanas can grow large, you need a bigger enclosure to make them stay comfortably. The ideal enclosure dimensions for your iguana is 6 feet high, 8 feet long, and 3 feet wide. Although this is an ideal size, we recommend you to go for a slightly bigger cage.

How do you make an iguana habitat?

Here are some steps for setting up your iguana habitat.

  1. Make sure cage holds heat and moisture well (you should maintain a relative humidity above 40% in the cage). …
  2. Pick out a basking area in the cage where you will build a shelf or place a branch.
  3. repeat step 2 except for a sleep area this time.


Can iguanas live in a bird cage?

There are several cat cages that have a reasonable amount of space for the right-sized iguanas. Many iguana owners have had success with large wooden cages designated for cats and even walk-in chicken coops.

Can an iguana live in a chameleon cage?

They should not be housed with turtles, tortoises, anoles, chameleons, amphibians, or snakes, savannah monitors, bearded dragons, or Uromastyx lizards (regardless of what you may be seeing done in pet stores). They also may not be housed with their relatives, the chuckawalla or desert iguana.

Do iguanas like to be petted?

When many people get a pet, they look forward to bonding with it. However, Iguanas are not suitable for petting and touching. Even Iguanas that have been exposed to humans from birth do not like being touched. Although you can train Iguanas to tolerate you, they will never truly like to be handled.

What does a pet iguana need?

In addition to a quality pelleted commercial diet, provide your iguana with dark leafy greens, some fruit, and a calcium supplement. Plus, iguanas need fresh water available at all times. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions on the quantity to feed to maintain a healthy weight for your pet’s size.