Post by pirategrayson on Oct 4, 2010 13:24:36 GMT -8
Our baby green Iguana is managing to get out of her tank. I believe we have a 20 Gallon fish tank with one of the fish tank tops that has an opening for where you would feed the fish. Our little baby's managed to evaluate how to get herself up there, spring up and just barely missed the opening. She also realized that when we open the tank, she can jump onto her branch that we have in the cage and leap from the top of the branch out or she'll jump onto our arms when we pick up her food bowl and climbs up our arms to get out. I get really worried she'll hurt herself jumping or if it's really not good that she's acting like that - is it an early sign of possible aggression?? I don't know the age of the Iguana, being as we got her from a flea market and the lady didn't provide us with really any information.
What do you guys think about it? And what can I do to make sure it doesn't hurt herself?
Here's a video:
NOTE: Her food bowl isn't in there because I took it out to refresh her food being as she pooped in the bowl :/
Post by sincere2iguana on Oct 18, 2010 19:21:07 GMT -8
well sad to say there is no stopping this really. i believe all captive iguana at one point will try to do this.. only advise i can give is to get a bigger tank. one that is high enough that he cant jump to the top. my iguana red do this all the time. and at one point broke his nail trying to hang upside down form the tanks screen. p.s change the top lid to a screen. get a screen cage.
Wow that is crazy. I would add more stuff in there to make him feel "more like home." My iguana doesn't jump like that, but he twitches. When he jumps like that I would take him out and hold him. It seems like he wants out lol:d
Do not want to be offensive here but if you wish not spend hundreds in tanks, ditch the 20 gallon tank now ASAP, and build a custom viv, as a green iguana will out grow any tank. As well they arboreal and no tank will let them climb as much as they need and want to. I seriously recommend for a first viv, a 4X2X4. That should last 2 years or a little more, then you will need to upgrade to a minimum 6X6X6. He will continue to try and get and what we call "nose rubbing" meaning that he will try and get out so much he will rub his nose and rub the skin off which can lead to lethal infections. By the way for the sides of the cage I used 6 gauge plastic wire mesh and for the top where the heat lamps would be I used 6-8 gauge metal mesh. Check out this link for it members2.boardhost.com/greenigsociety/msg/1329770622.html, Again I'm not trying to offend just trying to inform. But I love the blue on your ig and I say that he can not be more than 2-4 months. Love the blue!!!!!!
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Mar 6, 2012 19:34:33 GMT -8
6X6X6 is huge - might as well give the ig a full room, haha - I've thought about it. I wouldn't say those are minimum measurements - that would be one of the largest iguana enclosures I've seen. Gwen's enclosure is 6ft tall 5ft long and 3.5ft deep. If I were to rebuild it I would turn the bottom half into storage because she only goes down there when she is on her way out of her enclosure to roam. Keeping a cool (cool for an iguana) space for her to go to is important, I wouldn't take that away from her, and simultaneously the space at the bottom of her enclosure could definitely be put to better use.
If only I had something to eat. . . . . mmmm pumpkin flowers