Do You Know green Iguanas are called as 'Little Dinosaurs'?

##Fast Facts Lifespan: 15-20 years approximately Size : 60" or 152 cm Long Experience Level: beginner Family: Iguanidae Found in: Mexico, Central and South America

General Care Of the Green Iguana As Pets At Home

  • Green Iguanas can be grown as pets at home but it is a considerable dedication. They are inquisitive. It can be tamed and socialised if you handle them and spend time with them lifting them in your hands.
  • Scoop their body from under and support their body using your hands.
  • Allow them to adapt to their new habitat before you loft them. It takes about 3-4 days for that.
  • Green Iguanas shed skin in patches. The surface gets dull before dropping which is a good sign.
  • Generally all reptiles send diseases to humans. So wash hands thoroughly after handling them.
  • Clean their habitat once a month and wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning it.
  • They flat tails are so keen to break human bones. So keep kids and little babies away from them.


  • Green Iguanas are herbivorous. They eat only vegetables which are their main and only source of diet all the time.
  • Feed them with a variety of plants. Dark leafy vegetables, cucumber, zucchini, sprouts, green beans, grated carrots, bell peppers are the good prescribed diet for them.
  • Avoid food rich in oxalates like spinach.
  • Their menu has to rich in calcium and Vitamin D supplement
  • Offer acceptable fruits choices like banana, mango, figs, papaya and blackberry occasionally.
  • Do not give food to Iguanas as a whole that does not fit its mouth. It gets chocked easily.
  • Offer food in shallow bowls to avoid ingestion.
  • Keep fresh water available to them all the time.
  • Give treats like pasta and rice occasionally
  • Water and food dishes must be washed frequently and kept clean to avoid any kind of infection.

Health Issues

  • Eating or drinking decidedly less
  • weight loss
  • swollen joints
  • swollen limbs
  • forced breathing
  • Skin discolouration
  • Skin shedding difficulties
  • discharge from eyes, nose and mouth

If any of the above symptoms are seen with your pet Iguana, then immediately take him to a vet.