Animal Stories - Green Iguana

Animal-World Information about: Green Iguana

The Green Iguana is one of the most popular pet lizards, but it grows big... very big!
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Margaret - 2009-12-21
I rescued two young iguanas a few years ago, as they were cooped up in a small aquarium for their life. When I got them home, I didn't have a habitat ready, so I let them loose in my bathroom, putting branches everywhere for them to climb about. Oh they were so grateful. They loved the shower steam and would climb above the shower. And pardon me, but they did observe what the toilet was for, so, they began crawling behind the toilet tank to relieve themselves. I placed liners behind the toilet tank, and each day cleaned up. They were quite fastidiou about where they pooped, just as we are sure to use our toilets! I adore these iguanas, and am endlessly fascinated with them.

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  • casey - 2012-05-01
    We had a beautiful female green iguana. we also had a small kitten at the time. My husband and I joked about how awsome it would be if we could train her to use the litter box. To our delight she crawled into it and relieved herself. She was amazing. Unfortunately we had gotten the wrong kind of lamp and she couldn't absorb the calcium in her diet,we lost her the night we had our second child. it is really hard to lose a pet after caring for them for so long.......... so please do your research they deserve it!
Anonymous - 2012-02-06
Hi, my science teacher is giving me her pacu and her 20 gallon long and I have a tank for the pacu but I was thinking I could turn the tank into a reptile hang out. It is to make up for my senegal bichir eating his bettam. Could I keep 1 or 2 of these in there and if not what other lizard( that I could find) can I put in there and maybe breed???thx

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    A 20 gallon aquarium is really way to small for even a single Green Iguana. They get big! But if you want to try breeding lizards, a good choice for your 20 gallon tank would be a Leopard Gecko. You can keep one male with one or more females.

    See the Leopard Gecko page for more info.
Ana Johnson - 2011-07-31
First of all, green igs are hard to care for. And second they can NOT have any animal protein what-so-ever. and by the way, my green igs crawling all over the top of my computor right now. Now he (assuming it's a he) just jumped and is crawling all on ME now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-01
    Gee my bird eats my computer keys.
Becca - 2011-04-29
First of all, Green Iguanas are not easy to care for. They require large, custom built enclosures, lighting, very high humidity (which is hard) and a very specialized diet of greens, fruits, and vegetables. A cage for an adult iguana should not be smaller than 5 feet High X 5 feet wide X 4 feet deep. Another thing to look at is where the closest vet that specializes in reptiles is located. Even if a vet says that they will see an iguana doesnt mean that they know what they are doing.
Second of all, they can be hard to handle. They have very very sharp claws that can tear your skin just by walking on you. You can clip or file them to make them easier to handle but they must be tame to do it. During breeding season, males especially can become very agressive and attack.
Don't get me wrong, if you are dedicated to them, they make great pets but they do take a LOT of work.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-30
    People do not realize how large these fellas get. I am amazed at how they feel.
Theresa Tipp - 2011-02-27
I find your website very informative but one question I have is, my iguana is laying eggs and I want to know can I leave them in the sand and will they hatch?

VYAS - 2011-02-09
I have seen a green iguana flying straight in the air from one tree from one side of a main road to another tree on the other side of the road, a distance of about 30 feet. It was incredible it looks like a small dinosaur and around his neck there was a spikes and during his travel it sounds like a small helicopter.

I wish to get more details.

Emma - 2010-10-13
Hello, I have 2 rescued Black spiney tailed madagascan iguanas and have no idea what to feed them and so on, please help!

Ina Solenberg - 2009-03-03
I want to thank you for this site. We just bought an Iguana an hour ago so ago. I am doing my research to keep it happy and healthy. He is a big one, more than I expected(about the length of my arm). So beautiful! I will be taking him to the vet tomorrow to give him a check up and learn anything else that I should know. Again I thank you for such a wealth of information!

jorge - 2009-02-09
How many times should I feed my juvenile iguana

billy - 2008-12-28
Iguanas are awesome! Mine is named beard!