How Much Do Iguanas Cost?
Iguanas are forest dwelling lizards which live high in the tree canopy. They are typically found in the South American rainforest. Iguanas have excellent sight, allowing them to detect movement from very long distances; it can use this skill to hunt for prey and also be aware of approaching predators before the predators notice it.
How much is it?
- On average, plan on spending anywhere from $20 to $75. The costs will depend on the type of iguana, where you purchase it and the breed.
- According to igg-girl.com, most little green iguanas you find in the local pet store are going to run $15 to $25.
What is going to be included?
- The Iguana is native to the jungles of South and Central America, and the Caribbean. They are a large docile lizard species, meaning that often, iguanas are a popular choice when it comes to keeping exotic pets.
- Even though iguanas tend to prefer forest environments, they can adjust well to more open spaces; however, wherever the iguana inhabits, it prefers to have water around since it is an excellent swimmer and will often dive underneath the water to avoid oncoming predators.
- Most mature adult iguanas weigh around 8 pounds. However, it is not uncommon for big, healthy iguanas to weigh up to 8 pounds, especially in areas where food is in good supply. They can also grow to more than 75 inches in length.
- As a result of the natural green and brown colors of the iguana’s scales, they are easily capable of making themselves invisible to predators. Iguanas blend extremely effectively in the surrounding forest.
- The iguana can live for about 15-25 years.
What are the extra costs?
- The cost of feeding the Iguana is at least $40 a month.
- There are more costs associated with the upkeep the iguana; for instance, a cage, lights to keep the temperature comfortable, and an area to bask. Expect to devote either an area of a room or the entire room to an enclosure which is 6-ft high by 6-ft wide by 3-ft deep. Setting up a perfect cage with a terrarium background will cost around $200 to $350. However, the prices can be a lot higher if you choose to an elaborate setup.
- A vet visit will run you around $80-$100.
- Also, consider the lighting and electricity costs. UVB lighting and proper supplementation will be required to keep an Iguana healthy. These can cost you anywhere from $25-$75 depending on the type and brand you purchase. They should be replaced every 6-10 months. You may need night time heat lamps. These can be black lights emitting heat or ceramic heat emitters. You can also include a surge protector, and perhaps a timer. You are looking at spending about $200 per year, not to mention electricity bill.
- A humidifier is necessary and you can buy a hygrometer for about $15 -$30.
Tips to know
- If you purchase a hatchling, it is a good idea to bring it to the vet for a checkup. Any parasites, such as worms or mites, can be easily taken care. Any possible signs of the Metabolic Bone Disease can be checked out.
- As the iguana matures, it can become aggressive, so regular handling is quite necessary to keep it tamed.
- A reasonable habitat size for baby iguanas is a 40-gallon habitat, which allows room for activity and movement.
- The iguana loves to climb and bask and requires décor to accommodate such an activity. When provided with a proper basking area, the Iguana will spend a good part of its day there soaking up the UV light and heat.
- A large food dish that is filled with “salad” forms its favorite dish.
- Keep the levels of humidity in a tropical range of around 50%-90% by using moisture absorbing substrates like bark and regular misting. A regular interaction with these reptiles is a key to keeping them as pets. They often end up spending more time from their habitats together with their pet parents as they are growing up.
- Even though the iguana is classified as an omnivore, most iguanas living in the wild are inclined to enjoy a herbivorous diet, and ripened fruits are one of the iguanas favorite foods alongside leafy green plants.
How can I save money?
- Rescues and shelters often have healthy iguanas available, typically for a low adoption fee of around $10 or $20.