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.
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 in the 80’s, green iguanas should have a basking surface temperature on average around 130F 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:
-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.
🔆 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.
Arcadia tube style and Reptisun tube style uvb bulbs are what we recommend as they are some of the best quality uvb bulbs offered. You can use mercury vapor bulbs for their basking bulbs as well as they offer both uvb and uva. Do not use compact fluorescent uvb bulbs as they are a poor source of uvb and dangerous for your reptile.
-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 effects 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 should be between 75-90%.
-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
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.
-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.
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.
Little gem lettuce
Red gem lettuce
Escarole (bativian lettuce)
Endive (frissee lettuce)
Curly mustard greens
white mustard greens
red giant mustard leaf.
Foods you can forage.
Clover varieties (milk, red, and crimson)
Occasional greens: (once a week to once a month)
Flat leaf parsley.
Curly, baby, red, and black kale.
Swiss, ruby, yellow chard.
Brussel Sprout leaves.
Lambs leaf lettuce.
Staple root veggies:
All squash varieties, butternut, Acorn, Kaboocha etc.
Anything else in moderation.
Sugar snap peas
Green beans etc.
Papaya, Mango, Figs, Blackberries, Mulberries, opuntia (prickily pear)
Apple, blueberries, rasberries, grapes, strawberries, pear, water melon. Etc.
What's on the menu this week?
Cabbage Kale (Asda speciality veg)
Mixed Kales (Asda speciality veg)
Stir Fry Salad Pack (Spinach, Red Chard, Pak Choi and Mizuna Mustard.
Flat Leaf Parsley
Crispy Leaf salad pack: Iceberg, Endive, Escarole Rhadicchio
Purple Raddish Shoots.
Mixed Leaf Salad Pack: Lollo Rosso, Green Multileaf lettuce, Escarole, Red Multileaf lettuce.
Included foods I will forage or harvest from what I have grown.
Lime tree Leaves
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.