Iguana Care

Iguanas are some of the most challenging lizards to keep in captivity, potentially dangerous but most rewarding. They are not to be purchased for your children. Please read over this website very thoroughly before purchasing an iguana or if you have recently purchased one.

http://www.greenigsociety.org/

If you are thinking about getting a reptile for your child, please read this link to see which reptiles are best suited for children and why. http://www.greenigsociety.org/kc10.htm

Temperatures: Night time temps should go down into the mid 70s but average daytime temps should be 80F, green iguanas should bask an average 130F surface temp and will easily use 150F.

DIET:  These food charts will help you determine which foods are good to feed your iguanas as a staple, occasionally, rarely and never. There is also a list of food and supplements at the bottom of the page recommended by a very experienced iguana keeper.

🐉Food Charts For Iguanas:

-http://www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm

-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=960754752839&set=o.199074416797180&type=1&theater

-A very informative food chart by a fiji iguana breeder that will give you detailed information of the contents of many foods you can offer your iguanas. http://brachylophus.dk/feeding/index.html 

🐉Interior Alaska RAE Rescue’s blog post on preparing daily salads for your iguanas.

http://raerescue.blogspot.com/2014/06/arrrrgh-my-lizard-wont-eat-its-greens.html

🔆 Lighting is crucial for the health and well being of your iguana. It’s very important to understand that not only are all uvb bulbs not created equally, but that some of them can be very harmful and even deadly to your iguana. Please read all the lighting information to better understand how all the different bulbs work, which ones are dangerous and how to setup your iguana’s lighting properly.

-Great information on lighting and how all the different types of lights work. PLEASE READ THIS!!! http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Reptile-Health/Habitats-Care/Reptile-Lighting-Information/

-Here's a great video that will explain the differences between compact, tube lighting, and mercury vapor bulbs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AUu24MNO2Ho#!

-Information on the affects and dangers of compact fluorescent uvb bulbs and certain tube style bulbs (Desert Series). http://www.uvguide.co.uk/phototherapyphosphor.htm

-Information on colored heat bulbs and whether or not they are seen by your reptile.http://reptileapartment.com/colored-lights-reptiles-myths-the-pet-store-told-me/

-Some information on the T8 Reptisun 10.0 bulbs.  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B83Jvd2GQWR4aGVpZDRRczFqSjQ/edit

-A great video by Arcadia on the importance of good quality uvb lighting and why it's essential for the health of your critters! https://vimeo.com/132929989

-Business where you can purchase Arcadia lighting in the US. Some of the best quality lighting available for iguanas. www.lightyourreptiles.com

-A great article on the D3 Cycle. http://www.arcadia-reptile.com/the-d3-cycle/

💦 Humidity:

-How to build your own dry mist humidifier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9475l-RlkY

-Video showing the differences between wet mist and dry mist.https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=391953820967540

Sanitizing Accessories:

Cleaning outdoor items such as wood and rocks for use in your vivs. http://www.herpcenter.com/reptile-articles/enclosure-wood-sanitation.html

😀 Facebook Groups

-This is a great Facebook group tightly run by several admins who’s goal is the health and well being of iguanas. Not just a show and tell group. They truly do care for these animals.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1586946911591495/

-This group is your biggest source of information for setting up bioactive enclosures. Please read the group rules doc first, check the files section for all your questions and then post any questions you may have. They frown on blindly joining the group and posting questions without going over their files section.https://www.facebook.com/groups/300589990105820/

-This group covers reptile enclosures and racks and custom building.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/633268956725071/

Great post on usable space in large enclosures. It’s important that you are mindful of what you do with all that space. http://brachylophus.dk/usable%20surface%20area.html 

A list from Shaun Dixon. Everyone who has any reptile that will eat vegetation well worth reading this list to give your reptile more of a variety

My list of good foods consist of.

Staple Greens.
Spring Greens
Rocket
Water-Cress
Peashoots
Raddish Tops
Sweetheart cabbage
Broccoli leaves.
Pack Choi.
Choi Sum
(Asian supermarkets)
Kang Kong.
Gai Lan.
Gai Choi
SpangHai Choi.
Amaranth Leaves.
Basil.
Corriander.
Tarragon
Rosemary
Tyme
Lemon Tyme
Lemon Balm
Sage.
Methi.
Fennell.
Oregano.
Little gem lettuce
Red gem lettuce
Coral lettuce
Escarole (bativian lettuce)
Endive (frissee lettuce)
Rhaddicho.
Romaine lettuce.
Growing:
Alfalfa
Turnip Greens
Swede Greens
Kholrabi leaves
Majouram.
Red Amaranth.
Hibiscus leaves
Nasturtium leaves
Curly mustard greens
white mustard greens
red giant mustard leaf.
Indian mustard.
Salad burnet.
Collard Greens
Mustard Cress
Mizuna Mustard.
Common Cress.

Foods you can forage.

Slender Plantain
Round plantain
Clover varieties (milk, red, and crimson)
Stining nettle.
Dead nettle
Sowthistle
Scotch thistle.
Hawthorn.
Plum Leaves.
Vetch
chickweed
Bindweed
Milk thistle.
Dandelion Leaves.
Hasta Plantain
Mulberry Leaves
Buddlia Leaves
Brample.
Cats ears.
Jackbythehedge.

Occasional greens: (once a week to once a month)
Flat leaf parsley.
Curly, baby, red, and  black kale.
Swiss, ruby, yellow chard.
Spinach.
Savoy Cabbage
Carrot Tops
Beet Greens.
Brussel Sprout leaves.
Lambs leaf lettuce.

Staple root veggies:
All squash varieties, butternut, Acorn, Kaboocha etc.
Parsnip.
Okra.
Sweet Potato.
Pumpkin.
Carrot.

Occasional veggies.
Anything else in moderation.
Bell peppers.
Asparagus
Broccoli.
Turnip
Swede
Raddish.
Sugar snap peas
Runner beans
Mangetout.
Green beans etc.

Staple fruits.
Papaya, Mango, Figs, Blackberries, Mulberries, opuntia (prickily pear)

Occasional fruits.
Apple, blueberries, rasberries, grapes, strawberries, pear, water melon. Etc.

Edible flowers.

Viola
Pansie.
Hibiscus
Dandelion
English Daisy
Fuschia
Lavander.
Lialac
Rose petals
Carnation petals
Dahlia.
Sowthistle flowers.
Geranium petals.
Caldenula marigold
Hawthorn blossom
Mustard buds
Alfalfa buds
Clover buds
Petunia flowers.
Primrose flowers.

What's on the menu this week?
Spring Greens.
Water-Cress
Peashoots
Wasabi Rocket.
Rocket.
Cabbage Kale (Asda speciality veg)
Mixed Kales (Asda speciality veg)
Curly Kale.
Pack Choi.
Romaine Lettuce
Sweetheart cabbage.
Broccoli Leaves
Alfalfa
Stir Fry Salad Pack (Spinach, Red Chard, Pak Choi and Mizuna Mustard.
Basil
Spearmint
Kang Kong
Amaranth.
Flat Leaf Parsley
Corriander.
Crispy Leaf salad pack: Iceberg, Endive, Escarole Rhadicchio
Purple Raddish Shoots.
Mixed Leaf Salad Pack: Lollo Rosso, Green Multileaf lettuce, Escarole, Red Multileaf lettuce.
Butternut Squash.
Carrot.
Parsnip.
Papaya
Figs.

Included foods I will forage or harvest from what I have grown.

Hibiscus Leaves
Dandelion Leaves
Nasturtium Leaves
Hawthorn leaves
Lime tree Leaves
Mulberry Leaves
Brample.
Clover
Sowthistle.
Chickweed.
Hedge Mustard.
Hibiscus Flowers
Nasturtium flowers
Geranium Petals
Rose Petals
Pansie flowers
Chrysanthemum flowers
Dianthus flowers
Petunia flowers.

As we come into the seasons where varieties are becoming less abundant I may begin to use supplements a little more.

Arcadia Earth Pro A I will use on Monday, Wed, Friday.
Bee Pollen Tuesday and Thursday.
Alfalfa dust if fresh is unavailable.
Plain calcium carbonate Sunday.
I may or may not use the arcadia herbi mix for a plant protein boost as I believe I can manage for now, but this would be mixed into the fresh food on a Saturday feed.