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Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)


Quick Facts:

Common Name: Green Iguana
Scientific Name: Iguana iguana
Pet Name: Boosa
Sex: Male
Current Age: Approx. 6 years
Size: Approx. 42 inches
Temperament: A little skittish
Adoption Fee: $10.00

Boosa is currently up for adoption. He is a male green iguana. He was rehomed with us by his previous owner. Boosa arrived in good health with a scab on his noseprobably from rubbing on his enclosure. Boosa has had at least 2 owners in the past and is looking for his forever home. Boosa is small for his age which could be attributed to improper heat and/or lighting as a juvenile.

Background on Species:
Green Iguanas are diurnal, arboreal, and are often found near water. Agile climbers, Iguana iguana can fall up to 50 feet (15 m) and land unhurt (iguanas use their hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall). During cold, wet weather, green iguanas prefer to stay on the ground for greater warmth. When swimming, an iguana remains submerged, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. They propel through the water with powerful tail strokes.

Despite their name, Green Iguanas can come in different colors. In southern countries of their range, such as Peru, green iguanas appear bluish in color with bold black markings. On islands such as Bonaire, Curaao, Aruba, and Grenada, a Green Iguana's color may range from green to lavender, black, and even pink. Green Iguanas from the western region of Costa Rica are red and animals of the northern ranges, such as Mexico, appear orange. Juvenile Green Iguanas from El Salvador are often bright blue as babies; however they lose this color as they get older.

Care In Captivity:
Boosa will require: 1. A spacious enclosure measuring a minimum of 7 W x 3 D x 7 H, 2. 80-100% humidity, 3. Ambient temperature of 80 deg, 4. 2-3 mercury vapor heat lights providing a 110 deg basking spot with UVB, 5. Fresh water daily, 6. Daily attention to cage cleaning, 7. Fresh salad of collards, dandelions, mustards greens, squash, zucchini, beats, and sweet potato, 8. Calcium and multivitamin supplements. Many green iguanas are solitary animals and will be stressed if kept with other green iguanas.

Husbandry training will be available before adopting Boosa.