Iguana, a full member of the saurian family, has many similarities with its lizard cousins: it is natural to associate the two animals even if our friend is much slower and bigger. It reaches 180 cm, if in captivity and even 250 cm, when it grows immersed in nature. Also, which the lizard does not have, there‘Iguana shows a crest more often than not, even more often if it is a male.
Iguana: where it lives
Not really “on the pear tree” because I don't know how many pear trees are in its habitat, but this is an animal that spends a lot of time on branches and tall trees, going down with its paws on the ground just to mate. Other reasons that theiguana it considers valid to leave its high-altitude positions are a "move" of the area, voluntary or for specific reasons, or to lay eggs.
If not in trees, we can find this animal in old uninhabited houses, which it takes possession of in the “stable occupation” style. If we go to the architectural trend, all‘Iguana also like ruins, archaeological excavations or deep tunnels, underground, also dug ad hoc. From Shy iguanas, perhaps, or very private.
As for geographical areas, theiguana as an "officially" animal of South American origins: his country is Mexico, many varieties come from the southern area. Central Brazil, and countries such as Paraguay, Galapagos, Bolivia are also populated byiguana who lives there willingly without renouncing to reach and take possession of areas near inhabited centers.
Also seen where he lives, it is quite clear that theiguana she is an animal that loves the sun and the heat: woe to deprive her of her daily hours dedicated to sunbathing, then if they are too hot, they recover near some plants, in the shade. As animals they are very resistant, able to escape predators and swim with power and consistency.
They also sport agreat view: although not seeing all the colors, he sees very far. Always for its survival, this animal has developed good hearing and the important ability to save its skin even after falling from 15 meters in height. The reproductive phase of the 'iguana, but the male can count on a population harem, if it is powerful and knows how to defend its territories well.
In addition to the crest, to distinguish one female iguana from a male is the head, rounded in females, triangular in males. We have seen that between domestic and wild specimens there is a considerable difference in length, ranging from 180 cm to 250 cm.iguana more common is that from tubercles.
Also called green iguana, it appears as herbivorous and arboreal saurian native to central and south America, lives in the woods above all, is 150 cm to two meters long and has a weight of 7 kg, up to 11, tolerated. There are many other species and subspecies, the most curious, already from the name, is theVery delicate iguana. It is called exactly like this and is distinguished by its smaller size and by some morphological characteristics that make it recognizable to the naked eye, if you are an expert.
Deciding to raise an iguana at home is not something to do superficially, it is challenging. Not that the adoption of a cat or a dog is not, but perhaps in the case ofiguana more difficult to imagine the load and the commitments that follow.
It is a very delicate animal, as well as rather large, and requires precise care not being properly used to living in Europe. Least of all in a house. To guarantee a peaceful and healthy life, a terrarium which, to house it, must measure at least 3 meters long and 1.5 meters wide. The required height is two meters: no romantic attics, therefore, nor houses with creative mezzanines.
To put theiguana the terrarium should be furnished with trunks and branches, leaves and a base of synthetic grass. Alternatively a carpet of newspapers. In addition to a good air exchange, the animal must also be guaranteed one temperature similar to the one it left overseas in its natural habitat, at night it takes 20-22 ° C, at night 35-40 ° C with a humidity rate of 80%.
To obtain this ideal climate, several heat sources are required that create a homogeneous temperature without the risk of burns, in addition to the presence of tubs of heated water. Every so often if we wanted one iguana with us, we must remember to spray the terrarium with a nebulizer: every now and then I mean at least twice a day, without making it lack fresh water to drink, in addition to the baby food.
Iguana: what it eats
In the category of herbivores, without a doubt, theiguana is greedy for vegetables to which she adds some flowers, while insects ingest them because it happens by chance. Filling the animal's bowl with vegetables at random is not a solution if we want it to have one Proper nutrition: better ask an expert.
L‘Iguana he cannot eat all the vegetables, for example rocket, chicory, chicory, romaine lettuce, turnip greens, endive, escarole, red salad and chard-herbs are fine. Or zucchini, peas, green beans, peppers, carrots and asparagus.
If we want to include fruit, go for apples, pears, bananas, grapes, strawberries and kiwis. Meat can be dangerous, flowers are not dangerous but it seems more difficult to feed it like this, if we have it in the apartment. In any case she likes the hibiscus flowers, pumpkin, dandelion.
A wrong diet as well as a climate that is too different from the ideal South American one can make people suffer a lot‘Iguana, to the point of causing death. If we are not sure we can stay behind her in what her needs are, let's avoid adopting one and dedicate ourselves to other animals that require different attention. If in doubt, it is best to talk to an expert.
Domestic iguana: price
The prices of the'Domestic iguana, go from 40 euros to 200 euros. These are prices for iguana puppies, when they are low, then it is necessary to make them grow at best. The expense for an iguana is not so much the initial one or the one for its feeding, it is the terrarium and all the surrounding equipment which is not at all trivial.
Other than a kennel for dogs or cats, maybe even do it yourself: with a terrarium you don't mess around, it's not trivial because it is equipped with temperature and lighting, humidity and ventilation. If you are convinced that you want to have aiguana, even for the terrarium, it is better to contact a serious and accredited dealer to receive adequate and honest advice.
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