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What to Expect From a Pet Iguana


Iguanas are certainly one of the most popular lizards to be kept as pets. There are a multitude of online resources available to iguana owners or potential owners.

The pages listed below cover the basics (and sometimes in-depth) considerations for iguana care, certainly far better than I could. There are a few points that I would like to cover before listing some of the better iguana pages on the Net.

Iguanas are one of the more recent "fad" pets, becoming readily available in many pet stores, often at very low prices. These are young iguanas that don't seem to be too difficult to care for, a myth often perpetuated by retailers hoping to sell them. Of course, they are very cute too! But, as with all reptiles, iguanas have fairly strict feeding and housing requirements. And they grow, often very large (if they survive) and they can be difficult to tame and become aggressive. This is not to say that iguanas cannot make good pets - but they need the proper care right from the start, and owners need to have the right expectations. Melissa Kaplan, who authors what I would consider to be the best reptile site on the Net, has written an article entitled "So, You Think You Want a Reptile." Although not specific to iguanas, this article examines questions and considerations for every potential reptile owner. As well, Jennifer Swofford has a nice article at The Basking Spot called "Should I Get an Iguana," which looks at the considerations specific to Iguanas.

Also, it has been found that many reptiles carry Salmonella, meaning it is present in the digestive tract without causing disease. Following common sense hygiene practices when handling iguanas should prevent problems, but if there are young children, pregnant women, immunocompromised people or elderly persons in contact with the iguana, extra care will have to be taken to prevent Salmonella infections, or perhaps a reptile isn't the right pet for your household.

With that out of the way, lets visit some of the better iguana sites on the Net:

  • Green Iguana Care
    An excellent, very detailed and large guide to all aspects of iguana care. Well maintained and organized by Melissa Kaplan. I consider this to be the ultimate resource online for iguanas (in fact all reptiles)!
  • The Iguana Pages
    By Jennifer Swofford, also an excellent resource for iguana owners, including a detailed care guide.
  • The Iguana Den
    A page that covers iguana care, housing, feeding, first aid as well as some other interesting features. By Kevin Egan.
  • Iguana Care
    By Carole Saucier, a 3 page quick guide to iguana care, valuable for its cost estimates for the equipment needed to start out with a pet iguana.

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