The Pros & Cons of Iguanas
Iguanas are NOT for everybody.
Here, TPM’s Nikki Carvey takes a look at the pros & cons of this very exotic pet.
Pro: They are the closest you’ll ever get to owning a dragon.
Con: You’re not Harry Potter. Unlike mythical dragons, these reptiles are very real and fussy about their living space. They need a lot. Most like to free roam.
Pro: They are very intelligent and can even be toilet trained. Hopefully, this guy knows how to aim straight.
Con: Iguanas are NOT low maintenance. You may not have to walk him two times a day, but a diet is very important for your iguana. You’ll need to know how to make a delicious salad.
Pro: With proper handling and socialization, this reptile can be very affectionate. Each has its own personality. This guy thinks he’s Johnny Depp.
Con: They can also think they’re Hannibal Lecter. They can bite and it ain’t pretty.
Pro: Iguanas are generally quiet. No annoying barking or meowing to deal with. Although some may like cats quite a lot.
Con: While they may be quiet, iguanas are not exactly pets you can hide from your landlord. They’re certainly not small apartment pets. Some grow to 7 feet and they require regulated light and heat or they will die.
Pro: As somebody once said, iguanas are just ‘friggin awesome’. Especially in pink.
Con: This lizard can live up to 20 years. That requires commitment. If you’re not ready to say “yes” to that, then say, “no.”
The bottom line is iguanas are for experienced pet parents only. Someone who knows the costs, (they’re classed as ‘exotics’ so you’ll need a special vet,) the care and the commitment.
Which means, if ‘friggin awesome’ is your best reason for getting one, try this instead:
But… Uh… not this:
For more information on adopting this magnificent reptile, contact your local iguana rescue or check out greenigsociety.com