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9 illuminating facts about iguanas

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 22, 2020, 10:39 a.m.
A person holds a green and orange iguana

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Iguanas live a really long time

People have a tendency to acquire iguanas without fully understanding their basic needs for a healthy life. This includes a warm environment (75 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit), access to UVB light, a properly sized habitat and a healthy diet of vegetables.

Depending on the species, iguanas can live anywhere from four to 60 years. This potentially long lifespan is exactly why purchasing one of these creatures on a whim is a terrible idea.

If you're interested in taking on an iguana as a pet, the IguanaPet site has an illuminating list of myths and misconceptions about proper iguana care that both current and prospective owners should read.