What is the iguana life span like? How can you take care of a pet iguana so that it lives for as long as it can? Green iguanas are the most popular pet iguanas. They can actually live to be older than twenty years old. Unfortunately, most iguanas don't get to live for that long.
Why Iguanas Never Reach The Maximum of 20+ Years
In the wild, iguanas are always being hunted down hunting animals or other much larger carnivores. Humans also tend to have a negative effect on wild iguanas in countries like Mexico, Central and South America because their eggs are the delicacy. When iguanas are held in captivity and shipped off to stores to be sold as pets, they're usually only live to be around three or four years old if they never get sold. It's quite unfortunate but most iguanas are not well taken care of in the pet stores. It just takes too much time and effort for the pet stores to pay special attention to the iguanas and all the other animals they have. Most of the time, it's because they don't really know how to take care of them. The pet store's main focus and goal is to get rid of the iguanas and make a small profit off of the sale.
When iguanas are not well taken care of, they can catch sicknesses and diseases like pinworms and spider mites. All in all, the average lifespan of a pet iguana is twelve to fifteen years. With the right owner and proper care, an iguana can enjoy its twelve to fifteen years of life.
Iguana Care Basics
There are some basic care tips that all iguana owners should follow to ensure maximum health for their pets. You've got to be able to afford the perfect housing unit for your iguana. Young iguanas tend to live in pets and the more adult ones live in cages. You've got to keep the temperature up around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the cage during the day and keep the humidity up. The iguana needs to have air circulating around it so that it can breathe and live well.
You've got to provide good lighting with UVB rays for nutritional and digestive reasons. The light should also be good enough for basking. Iguanas absolutely love and need to bask. That's how they digest their food. The temperature of that basking area should be between 92 and 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide water for your iguana to drink and shallow water for swimming around in. The water is great and moisturizing for their skin. During the evening, the temperature can drop to around 68 to 70 degrees. Iguanas must have a healthy diet.
Iguanas are herbivores so they should things eat greens, winter squash and parsnips. They don't need animal protein and commercial foods like chicken are not suitable for iguanas. Don't ever put a heat rock in your iguana's cage because the rock can burn their belly. Always use things like paper towels, newspaper and paper bags to line the floor of the cage. Keep your iguana clean, healthy and well fed and it will live to be at least twelve years old!