I would like to adopt a mature iguana, but I can't afford the vet bills anymore. So it would be unethical for me to get one.
I do have three northern california alligator lizards. One is three 1/2 years old, the other two are WC from my workshop, and are less than two years old.
They are carnivorous/insectivorous so they don't need UVB. In all my life I've never seen one basking. Western Fence Lizards are also insectivorous, but they do bask a lot so are seen everywhere, so I figure they would need UVB if anyone wanted to keep a captive.
These A.L.'s must lay lots of eggs, because in June this place has lots of newly hatched who seek the coolness under outdoor lumber piles and inside my workshop (large garage). Most must get eaten by raccoons or weasles. So I don't feel too bad about taking a few. I'm hoping to have a breeding trio. I'll tell you though, these guys are SO reclusive that it takes two or more years for them to be able to show themselves to me, and don't seem to be able to tolerate any handling at all. So I have one who doesn't mind if I'm watching or walking about. But the others will bury themselves in gravel and stay there if I don't give them a hide. They are healthy and growing, so I know they eat and drink.
But I am torn. This summer in late June I will probably release the two youngest back into their natural habitat, right here into a big patch 15 ft. X 60 ft. of Vinca major which is shaded and is close to my wood piles and garage.
The oldest was injured a few Aprils ago when I was prying on the siding of a rotten building where he was hibernating. He rolled out onto the debris pile, fast in hibernation. I figured he was injured, so I kept him. He was indeed injured, and now has hip deformities, so I still can't let him go, even though he gets around fine. But he is about fully grown, and is as big and strong as the AL's I used to catch in the North Bay Area, north of San Francisco, and is not painfully shy and stressed anymore. But I'm Ok that he will never become fond of me.
So I've typically made a long post.