make good pets, but they do grow quickly. That little hatchling, fed
properly, will grow to quite a large lizard, perhaps over a metre
in length, in a couple of years.
have been to many houses to collect iguanas which have lived at
almost complete liberty in the living rom for most of the day and
evening. The room has been kept really warm, 26 degrees or more,
and the iguana was usually to be found stretched out along the settee,
or perched on top of a cupboard.
every case, the family was distraught that their pet was leaving
them, but usually they had little choice. It had become just too
big and aggressive to cope with. What usually happens if the iguana
is a male is that it takes over the family and rules the roost.
He clearly sees himself as the "top dog" so to speak.
reptile hierarchies there is no such thing as democracy. The "top
dog" rules the roost (to mix metaphores). What I find truly
amazing is that iguanas, which are cold-blooded reptiles, can detect,
probably by smell, who is male and who is female in a human family
and react accordingly.
also react in a specific way with the adult female members of the
family at different times of the month. When this is combined with
aggressive biting or tail-lashing toward the adult male humans,
then the difficulties quickly become obvious.
course, these difficulties shouldn't necesarily put you off. It's
all part of what pet-keeping is about, after all.
will readily eat foods which are not good for them. This will cause
nutritional deficiences which may not become apparent for a couple
of years and then will be extremely hard to remedy.
which should be fed frequently to an iguana include:
types of cabbage like kale
which should never be fed because they are too high in protein
and/or fat are:
lettuce should not be offered because its nutritional value is
not high enough