Posted by Brian on 5/12/2016, 2:32 pm, in reply to "New Iguana" 188.8.131.52
The more "common" types of iguanas in circulation are green iguanas.. Sometimes they are sold as "red" is "blue" iguanas but that is just a color morph. There is a real "blue iguana" but it is a different subtype of iguana species.. And illegal to own. Safe to say its probably a green iguana. One of the more common problems with obtaining a second hand iguana is that the owners don't know jack shit and they think they do and tell people what to do, give it off in a fish tank with the wrong heating and lighting and tell people what to feed.. That being said sometimes you find people that actually do.. But don't expect that to happen. My best suggestion is on that front.. if they try to sell you a bunch of improper equipment and the reptile has not been cared for properly.. Avoid it and buy yourself a nice captive bred reptile online. You are looking at a bit more for shipping but its well worth it. I HIGHLY recommend looking up 'Ty's lizards' on facebook.. This breeder is a VERY well known breeder in Florida and his prices are good.
This website has a good diet chart. My advice.. Print it out/bookmark it.. You will know what foods to get, and what foods to avoid. Outside of that you want to make sure you have a proper cage and lighting/heating equipment. I always suggest hand made plywood constructed cages with open front access. An iguana from baby to 2-3 years of age will want about a 4ft tall, 2 ft deep and 4ft wide enclosure... An adult cage will be considerably more.
Are you aware of heating/lighting info? 90-95 basking zone temp during the day/80-85 ambient temp through cage day and night. a UVB bulb is needed, personally I suggest a megaray bulb of florescent tube.. Stay clear away of the "compact florescent" uvb bulbs.. Pet stores love to sell them but they are JUNK products.