Care Sheet

Once you have decided you want an iguana as a pet, you need to have everything he needs to be safe and healthy. The proper cage, habitat, lighting, heating, and food will help ensure you have your pet for a very long time. Below is a list of supplies you will need for your green iguana.


A large and tall cage that is at least 8′ x 3′ x 6′. Bigger is always better so go with the largest cage possible.

Sturdy branches, ledges, ramps, and perches.

A wooden box that can be used as a hide area.

UVB fluorescent bulbs. Long bulbs that can cover large areas with light work well.

A basking light or heat emitter to maintain a habitat temperature around 85* F.

Thermostats to monitor the temperature of your pet’s cage.

Substrate for the bottom of the cage. Eco-earth, reptile carpet, newspapers, and paper towels can all be adequate substrates.

A food bowl and a couple of water bowls. The bowls should be heavy or able to be attached to something to prevent spilling.

A water tub and/or spray bottle for adding humidity to your iguana’s habitat.

Food & Supplements

Greens and vegetables for the primary diet of your pet. Some of these are collard, mustard & dandelion greens, turnip greens, kale, shredded carrots, peas, green beans, bell peppers, and squash.

Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, and cantaloupe to add variety to your pet’s diet.

Commercial iguana food that can be mixed with the greens and vegetables.

A calcium & vitamin D3 supplement.

A reptile multivitamin supplement.

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