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Green Iguana

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GENERAL INFO

Scientific Name: Iguana iguana

Native Habitat: Tropical and subtropical North and South America

Lifespan: up to 20 years

Size: up to 7'

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DIFFICULTY

Temperament: Can be very aggressive and territorial, but with proper and consistent handling they can be quite social and pleasant.

Ease of handling: Handling must be done cautiously, green iguanas are capable of delivering strong tail whips and bites. With patience and trust, green iguanas can become very friendly towards their keeper.
Skill level: Expert
Activity level: Diurnal, quite active.

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ENCLOSURE

Green iguanas require very large enclosures, at minimum 8x4x8' but larger is recommended.

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ENVIRONMENT

Temperature: A basking spot of 35°C, and an ambient temperature between 26-31°C.

Lighting: UVB must be provided for 10-12 hours per day.
Humidity: 70-90%, the higher end reserved for shedding animals.
Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber, organic topsoil, sphagnum moss.

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ENRICHMENT

Iguanas enjoy climbing so plenty of sturdy branches and basking platforms should be available. They require a large enclosure to explore.

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DIET

Green iguanas are herbivores that require a varied diet. All food should be cut small enough to be swallowed whole. Leafy greens such as collards, romaine lettuce, squash, and carrots make a nice meal. Iguanas can also be fed fruit as an occasional treat. Large amounts of clean fresh water should be provided daily.

A foster-based rescue in Southern Ontario