Latin name: Iguana iguana
These beautiful guys are blue morph green iguanas (axanthic).
We have multiple individuals available. Photos representative of general stock.
They are eating a dark leafy greens mix dusted with vitamin and calcium powder.
Green Iguanas are one of the most well known and iconic lizards that have been a staple in the reptile keeping community for decades. They are a demanding pet however and have complex care requirements that must be met in order for them to live a long and healthy life.
They have a native range from southern Brazil to Mexico though they have been introduced to many other areas including the southern United States.
They typically reach a nose to tail length of 4.5'-4.9' but exceptionally large individuals can grow over 6'! If properly cared for, they can live up to 15-20 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 60%-80% Mist 2x daily.
Tank size: 20-30 gallons for babies/juveniles, 100+ gallons for adults - the bigger, the better. Outdoor enclosures in good weather are highly encouraged.
Tank type: Square to tall rectangle - allow for ample floor space but lots climbing structures as well. These lizards are semi-arboreal so utilize a good amount of that vertical space.
Lighting: Multiple dimmable heat lamps are recommended for housing this species in glass tanks, especially for a larger iguana. Dimmable heat bulbs should have a bulb guard in a wood or melamine tank. Thermostats are always helpful.
Full spectrum UVB lighting required for this species and should be on 12-14 hours per day. Provide opportunities for your iguana to get natural sunlight whenever possible as well.
Substrate and furniture: Soil or bark substrate 2"deep. Provide lots of hiding places and climbing areas. Provide a large water dish as well-large enough for your iguana to be able to get in and soak.
Handling: Iguanas can be handled a few times per week with handling sessions being not much longer than 30-45 minutes. Babies can act defensive at first, but consistent handling will help them become more comfortable with human interaction and they will tame down. Adults who have had a long history of gentle handling are generally very docile. The opposite can be true of an individual with little or negative human interaction but all iguanas can be worked with.
Diet and feeding: Offer a variety of dark leafy greens daily. Spring mixes, swiss and rainbow chard, collard, beet and mustard greens, carrot tops and watercress can all be fed freely each day. Tropical fruit such as mangoes, papaya and banana as well as berries can also be offered as occasional treats.
Chop produce to appropriate size for your iguana based on their age. They should be able to swallow most pieces whole.
Always remove uneaten produce that has not been consumed after a day.
*All food items must be dusted with both vitamin and calcium powder prior to feeding.*