Having some basic information on iguana will make your decision whether to take one or not. Take note that having them as a pet is not because it is what your friends have. You should not only make the wrong assumption of thinking that it is the easiest pet to take care of and to have around.
Below are some informations that will help you decide why you should NOT have iguanas in your home.
1. Iguanas are not cheap.
The minimal amount that you pay for an iguana is only the beginning. What follows next are the series of equipments and accessories that is needed in caring for your iguana. There is the special cage with special lighting installed to keep its body heat.
You will also need some shelves for them to climb on and a timer to monitor changes in temperature. Feeding them is also a consideration. You need to buy green and leafy vegetables that are rich in calcium and vitamins to keep them healthy.
If you do not have the budget set aside for these things, then you should consider against having one as a pet.
2. Iguanas are not low maintenance pets.
They may look small enough not to cause you trouble or problems. That is just their appearance. As miniscule as they seem, they also need to be handled with care and given proper treatment just like any other pet.
Their places needed to be washed and cleaned. You also need to tame them yourself so that your iguana will grow up disciplined and manageable.
These things should be done on a daily basis so that the iguana will be trained early on. In addition, you may find it difficult to tame them once they are bigger and restless already.
3. Iguanas are not “huggable”.
You cannot hold your iguana in your lap and cuddle with them like you do your cats, dogs or rabbits. Although you can put them in your shoulder or hold in your arms, you should adhere to some restrictions that will prove vital to your health and well being.
This is especially if you do not have a tamed iguana. Chances are, they will bite or scratch you at the first sign of contact.
4. Iguanas are not sociable.
Notice that no matter how much you try, you will not be able to build rapport between your iguana and other pets in the house. This is because iguanas consider other animals are enemies. For them, these animals are predators waiting to eat them up.
Since iguanas are not as big as any other kinds of pets, there is a big possibility that they might be stepped on or squashed when other pets start playing around in your home. That is why you find these iguanas all by themselves in a quiet and dark corner.
5. Iguanas are not the kind of pet for small children.
Do not agree with your child if ever they decide to have an iguana for a pet. This is because these reptiles are not suitable for minors who do not know about proper handling and caring.
Stick to dogs or cats if ever your child is not big enough to understand what iguanas are like as pets.
So, what information about iguana is stopping you?