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May 2, 2020
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Iguana Cage Setup - What's Necessary For Your Iguana's Health

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Exotic pets have a whole different set of needs than your typical dog or cat. If you're considering a pet like an iguana, one of the first things you'll need to do is learn what's necessary to keep them housed comfortably and in good health. Below is a guide to some of the main considerations you should keep in mind while planning a home for your iguana.

1) Size is the first consideration when buying an iguana cage. Many people believe the myth that an iguana will not grow large if it's kept in a small cage, but this simply isn't true. A healthy iguana can grow up to 6 feet in length, so you'll have to be able to make arrangements for it - either an outdoor cage, or a room in your home dedicated to a very large cage. Of course, if you're buying a juvenile iguana, you won't need a cage that large to start off with. But the cage that you do use will need to give your iguana room to move and climb, and shouldn't be cramped in any way.

2) Iguanas, of course, are reptiles, which means they're cold blooded creatures and as such can not self-regulate their body temperature; they depend on their environment for that. The habitat you use for your iguana needs to keep them warm enough to allow them to proper digest food and stay healthy. Heat lights on the top of the cage are a common solution, but make sure that your pet can also move away from the lights to cool down if he starts feeling over heated.

3) Iguanas come from tropical climates where the humidity is very high, and because of this they have a tendency not to drink frequently. Because of this, it's important that you maintain about a 70% humidity level in their cage to prevent dehydration. Kidney failure from dehydration is a common cause of death in pet iguanas, and can also cause skin conditions and problems while shedding. Keep your pet moist with frequent mistings, and daily baths can be another good way to prevent dehydration. A room humidifier is another solution, and if you have the money or know-how, it's also possible to rig up a cage misting system that runs automatically.

4) Finally, let's not forget the importance of light to an iguana. For their health, it's vital that iguanas receive both UVA and UVB light, and the best way to do that is let them sit out in the sun. You should be aware though, that many plastic and glass habitats filter the UV rays - and can become hot as an oven inside if left out in the sun. A screened outdoor enclosure is the best option, but make sure that it's secure and escape-proof, and don't forget to have a shaded area. It's also necessary to have lights in your iguana's cage that provide an artificial source of the needed UV rays. This way your pet won't suffer during shorter winter days or when you can't take it out for direct sunlight.

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