How to Build the Right Iguana Cage
Iguanas are regarded as pets that are never easy or convenient to take care of and maintain, and that’s because they need some special effort and requirements when in captivity.
But before you totally get discouraged from getting one, you need to realize the importance of those requirements. You have to keep in mind that iguanas aren’t the typical pet like dogs or cats because they are reptiles.
Reptiles are cold blooded animals and by being so, they are very much dependent for survival in the environment that surrounds them. When they’re in the wild, iguanas will spend a couple of hours or more soaking themselves in the sun in order to excrete and get rid of waste from the food they eat.
The absence of proper and sufficient heat will result to the iguana failing to function properly like it will stop eating, digesting, and getting waste out of its body in the process. That’s why iguanas in the wild spend a lot of their time on tree branches just to get the heat they need.
They also seldom go down to the ground and they only do when they need to. The reason is that they are by instinct called tree-dwelling types of reptiles.
As soon as they feel the urge to eat, they have the freedom to choose as many as fifty types of plants. They need variety in order to supply them with the necessary nutrients needed by their bodies and if the reptile isn’t satisfied with the first plant or vegetation, it moves on and finds another one.
The thing with tropical rainforests is that they are very much abundant with the stuff iguanas need to live on, so it’s obvious that most species of iguanas are found in tropical climates or areas.
Now if you want to own an iguana pet, what you need is something that will emulate and replicate the kind of habitat the reptile is accustomed to in the wild so as to emphasize maximum iguana care. You will need a conducive iguana cage for starters. So here are the things to look into before making one:
1. The average size of an adult iguana is five to six feet in length. So if you are going to take good care of your reptile pet, then you’d expect the same size.
Hence, you may need an iguana housing or habitat that must be at least double the size or length of the iguana. It is fine if you want to begin by settling for a small aquarium but eventually, you have to build a much larger enclosure.
If you fail to do so, the reptile may start to feel depressed because of the small space within which it is held which could become more like in prison.
2. Opting for a mesh enclosure is also practical if you find yourself living in a warm area. However, if you are residing in a state or city that is mainly subjected to low temperatures all year long, you may have to purchase a larger glass terrarium since the glass will assist in trapping the in heat.
Furthermore, you have to install heating lamps or perhaps even UVB lamps for the purpose of supplying enough heat for the reptile. UV rays can also help a lot because they are ideal for calcium-linked metabolism.
3. Because iguanas are classified as tree-dwelling creatures, they need something to climb on, and this is where you need accessories for the iguana house. Accessories include climbing structures that are strong and durable enough to withstand the weight of a full-grown adult reptile.