Iguana Cage Design

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Design an iguana cage in an aquarium with a full-spectrum UV source and heat lamps, but keep in mind how fast iguanas grow and that they require larger cages. Design good iguana cages with tips from a herpetologist in this free video on iguana care.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Tim Cole. I'm with the Austin Reptile Service. I've been keeping reptiles and amphibians for over forty years. And we're here to talk about iguana caging. If you get a young iguana, which is generally about twelve, fourteen inches long, you can get by with an aquarium. I would start with something at least twenty gallon, if not bigger. And you want to go with a taller cage, because they are arboreal, they spend most of their time up in the trees. An aquarium has the advantage of being able to hold humidity, which is good for the iguana. You need to provide full-spectrum UV light, and a heat lamp source. If you're not keeping the iguana outside, you have to provide duplicate sunlight in the form of UV bulbs inside, and those come in a variety of fashions. Some of them are florescent bulbs. And one of the things you want to keep in mind, that UV light produced by a florescent bulb, in most cases, is diminished after about six months, so you want to change the bulb out. Even though the bulb is still working, it's not putting out UV light. There are combination bulbs, heat and UV, that are supposed to last longer than the six months. On the other hand, if you've got a larger iguana that needs a bigger cage, and you live in the southern part of the U.S. where you can put them outside, it's not a bad idea to build a large wood and string cage to put them in outdoors. You could always wrap that in the winter and maybe put some type of heat source in there, and a lot of iguanas will survive that if you live in a warm climate. We live in Austin, Texas, and that works fine here.


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