Exotic reptiles: Iguana Iguana iguana

Exotic reptiles: Iguana Iguana iguana

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Reptiles
Order: Squamati
Suborders: Sauri
Family: Iguanadae
Genus: Iguana
Species: I. iguana Linnaeus, 1758

The common iguana or also called green iguana is native to South America. It is a species highly appreciated by amateur breeders.


Iguana babies measure about 30 cm, adults vary from 150 cm to a maximum of 200 cm and weigh from 6 to 10 kg.

Iguana - Iguana iguana Linnaeus, 1758 (photo Jan Sevcik

Iguana - Iguana iguana Linnaeus, 1758 (photo

Habitat and terrarium

Habitat: Rain forests, trees grown near the edges of rivers.

Terrarium: the minimum dimensions of the terrarium for an adult specimen are 200x100x50 cm.

The substrate can be made of coconut fiber, shavings, paper cloth or others.
In the terrarium there must be many branches where the iguana will be able to thermoregulate at its best, because it is an arboreal species and therefore lives on trees, in addition there must be a den where our friend can take refuge.

Temperature and humidity

Temperature: from 27 ° C to 32 ° C in the daytime, with a drop of 2 or 3 degrees at night.
Humidity: 70-90%, it is important that you have a basin of water where you can drink or immerse yourself completely.


Salad leaves, vegetables, fruit supplementing with calcium and special vitamins.


Before introducing a new guest into the house, it is advisable to have a vet analyzed by a vet with a parasitological examination, and occasionally check the skin for mites, also check in the bowl of water. Mites present as small black dots visible to the naked eye. Strange attitude, loud breathing, sudden loss of appetite are certainly bad signs and must be reported as soon as possible to a competent veterinarian.

curated by Nicola Fontanella