Green Iguana 101
LIFESPAN: Approximately 15-20 years
SIZE: Up to 60” (152 cm) long
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: BEGINNER
Socialization & General Care
- Green iguanas are generally docile and inquisitive and can be easily handled once socialized.
- Be certain to scoop them up from under the body and support their body in your hands.
- Allow your green iguana 3-4 days to adjust to his new habitat before handling.
- Green iguanas will shed their skin in patches or sections. The first sign of shedding is usually dulling of the skin (milky coloured).
- Reptiles may transmit disease to humans; make certain to wash your hands after cleaning your pet’s habitat or after handling.
DID YOU KNOW?
Green iguanas are known as the little dinosaurs.
- Green iguanas are herbivores, meaning that their diet consists of vegetation.
- Green iguanas require a variety of vegetables daily. Acceptable choices are dark leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, sprouts, sweet bell peppers and grated carrots.
- Vegetables high in oxalates, such as spinach, should be avoided.
- Vegetables should be dusted with a calcium and vitamin D supplement.
- Fruits can be offered sparingly (10-15% of diet). Acceptable choices are papaya, mango, blackberries, figs and banana.
- Treats such as chopped pasta and rice can be added to the top of their food occasionally.
- Never feed your green iguana anything that cannot fit into its mouth all at once.
- To avoid accidental ingestion of substrate, food should be offered in a shallow bowl.
- Fresh water should be available at all times, and food and water dishes should be cleaned daily.
Health Issues to Watch For
- Swollen joints and limbs
- Eating or drinking less
- Runny, discoloured or pungent stool
- Weight loss
- Gasping or forced breathing
- Discharge from nose, eyes or mouth
- Discoloured skin
- Shedding difficulties
- Seek veterinary care if you notice any of the above signs.
Fun Green Iguana Facts
- The green iguana can grow in excess of 5 feet (60”) long from head to tail.
- The green iguana is from the Iguanidae family.
- Green iguanas can be found in southern Mexico, Central America and South America.