Saturday, September 5, 2020

What Is The Cost Of Having An Iguana As A Pet?

The demand for iguanas as exotic pets has increased in recent years, undoubtedly because of more available access to pet care information and relatively stable prices. Iguanas first exploded onto the exotic pet scene in the early nineties. Believe it or not, over 10 million iguanas had already been imported and sold worldwide. 

Reptiles (which include iguanas) are the fourth most popular group of pets anywhere on the planet, right after birds, cats, fish, and dogs. Some decades ago, people needed to drive to exotic pet shops and private iguana breeders to purchase these magnificent reptiles. 

But today, with the boom in online commerce, people can now buy their reptiles from the comfort of their living room. The price of an iguana is determined by three things: the iguana, the size of the reptile, and the iguana's age. 

The more exotic an iguana, the pricier it becomes. If the pet shop had to import it from Central America, the price would probably be relatively high. If you have no budget for these expensive reptiles, you may want to focus on purchasing a common iguana or a green iguana. 

Green iguanas are just as beautiful as their wild cousins imported from South or Central America. These reptiles can still grow to an impressive size – if you know how to take care of them. Young green iguanas are usually much cheaper. 

If you want a large adult (around five feet in length), no questions, you will have to spend some money on it. Now, you should note that the cost of buying an iguana doesn't reflect how much money you will be spending on ideal reptile care. 

If you want your iguana to live for more than six months or a year in captivity, you have to invest in the proper habitat and the right equipment to keep your reptile alive. 

Remember that iguanas are tropical reptiles, and, in the wild, are used to average temperatures between 95 and 104 Fahrenheit (35-40C). Iguanas also require a varied diet because, in the wild, a healthy iguana can eat plant matter from as many as fifty different plant species. 

These reptiles have no problems with balancing their dietary requirements in the wild because they are free to roam and find the plants that they need to survive. 

In captivity, iguanas are limited to what the owner can provide daily. This alone spells the difference between a healthy and happy reptile and a very sick one with many health problems. 

Unfortunately, an iguana's average lifespan in captivity is only six months because of laziness to understand what iguanas need to survive. 

Healthy adult iguanas have been known to live for as long as twenty years! If you want your iguana to enjoy a long life, you need to educate yourself on what type of food it needs, and what equipment you should add to its terrarium or habitat.

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