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Iguana Care Information

It is no question that people love to have animals as pets, especially exotic animals. Iguanas are no exception, climbing their way into the hearts of thousands of men, women, and children of all ages. The love for iguanas continues to grow, making them amongst one of the most popular reptiles in the United States, as well as the rest of the world.

Iguanas are a rather easy to obtain animal, and many people purchase an iguana without the proper knowledge of how to take care of the animal. Iguanas may be easy to obtain, but they still require a high level of care in order to live a longer and healthier life span. Before purchasing an iguana, one should be aware of the following guidelines:

1.) Contrary to common belief, iguanas (like other pets), need loving attention from their owners to thrive while living in a boxed environment. Reptiles are wild animals that are meant to have the world at their disposal, so putting them in a cage without ever letting them out or attending to them is not ideal.

2.) It is not in an iguanas natural instinct to be friendly towards humans. Iguanas take humans and other large species as potential predators, as they would in the wild. With that being said, iguanas are very smart animals and can be tamed, but you must be patient. Taming an iguana can sometimes take over a month.

3.) Iguanas can actually grow to a length span of up to six feet long, and even reach the age of twenty years old (if given proper care). Make sure you are committed to raising an iguana, because it could be with your for a very long time.

4.) Iguanas can become a pretty costly pet. They are not deemed exotic just because they come from the tropics, but because proper care is needed in raising one. In order to provide proper iguana care, one must spend a significant amount of time, energy, and money into their well-being. You must provide them with a proper sized tank, habitat, food, supplements, and more.

5.) Even someone who has already learned a sufficient amount of knowledge about their pet reptile should still make an effort to learn more. A responsible reptile owner will read up about their pet continuously (As well as a responsible owner for any type of pet).

The problem that many people face is that they simply do not know enough about their new pet iguana. They tend to only ask the staff at the pet shop about iguana care information and they only receive limited answers. In order to learn how to keep your pet healthy and live a full life, one must seek out the necessary information themselves.

Education is the key to success with anything, especially raising and maintaining an exotic pet. It is not enough just to simply have the funds to purchase an iguana along with its habitat, you must learn how to care for it first.

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Keeping Your Pet Reptiles Happy and Healthy

Pet reptiles such as snakes, bearded dragons, and crested geckos don’t run around, shed fur, and scratch expensive furniture, and yet they can still be a sight to behold. Just like dogs and cats, though, reptiles require your uttermost attention in order for them to live long, quality lives under your care.

Avoid Breeding Reptiles at Home

Every year, millions of animals all over the world are being put to sleep due to lack of shelters for them to stay in, so unless you can provide enough space for several reptiles in your property, avoid breeding reptiles at home. If you have a python, for instance, you need to understand that one python can lay dozens of eggs, which means you need to have that same number of cages or container for each of the babies. These babies will eventually grow big, however, and take up more space. If you want your pet reptiles to be given the care and attention they need, let this be your number one consideration.

Provide Excellent Housing

Most reptiles are not like dogs and cats that love to run and play a lot. Nevertheless, they still deserve decent housings where they can have enough space to move around. This is crucial for muscle development. Many times, you will see reptile owners keeping snakes in long aquariums, yet with not enough height. This may seem okay since snakes simply crawl around. However, you need to understand that snakes can climb trees, too, so giving them a tall cage with several tree branches to climb on is the ideal thing to do.

Offer Nothing but High-Quality Food

Each reptile has its own unique needs in terms of feeding. Some people think snakes only need to be fed once a month, but this is a myth. In fact, most reptiles need to be fed daily. Find out how often you should feed your particular pet and avoid overfeeding. The most important thing you need to remember, though, is to provide high-quality reptile food. Most reptiles are carnivorous, so you would want to have a steady supply of pre-killed or thawed food for snakes. Avoid feeding with live food. In the wild, this is okay, but in a home where a pet owner is present to feed them, reptiles should be fed with pre-killed food.

Regular Vet Check Ups are a Must

For your pet reptiles to live long, quality lives, make sure you take them to the vet on a regular basis. This will help discover potential health problems and have them treated early. Depending on your area, there may be or may not be a vet for exotic animals. Also a visit to the vet can be very expensive, even more expensive than the cost of most reptiles kept as pets. For this reason, don’t get a reptile as a pet in the first place if you are not ready to spend for it.

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