I have temporally brought home my grandsons 1-2? year old iguana. It has been kept in a 20 gallon tank that we gave him about a year ago, but he has defiantly out grown it. I am in the process of making him a new enclosure from Oak and Plexiglas 4’W 6’T and 3’D. I have been reading your form for about a week now, and have picked up a lot of good information, but I’m still learning. I will post a picture when done. I know it’s still a bit small for a full grown IG, but my daughter moves around allot and it has to be semi portable. One thing I have a question about is that I used a oil based polyurethane sealer by accident. Is that going to be a problem. I already have around $350.00 in this thing and I’m not finished yet.
Yeah 20 gallons is not a good place to keep a iguana at even under a year old let alone a 1-2 year old.
I keep my baby iguana under a year old in a 55 gallon tank that i bought for 100 bucks, came with a stand for it and everything. The stand is important, you dont want to keep your iguana on the floor it will always be scared and thats not good for your iguana. While you are working your new cage i suggest you keep find something bigger. IF you was desperate for a quick solution you could alter a cabinet, just remove the doors and put on some pexi, or if it already has glass you could cut some holes at the top for the lights and nail some mess to keep it from burning itself and getting out, you will also need a vent so just cut a area out and put a normal house vent cover there and nail it in also.
If you think that cant happen, just tell me i can think of alot of ways that could work better then your 20 gallon until the main cage is complete.
Feed it dark greens. Like collar greens, mustard greens, ect. This is an iguana's main food. Never feed it meat, or anything thats alive the iguana simply cant digest it.
If you need anymore information just search around the forum here or just ask
Welcome to this home...Well I personally advise you to let him/her swim in the tub everyday so that you ig stretches out its muscles at least everyother day and use this time to talk to him/her as well like camrock said many dark leafy greens you can go to www.greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm This site will help you with his/her diet properly. Since you are in the process of contructing you should have atleast a ig proof room like maybe the bath room where he can really go no where and let him roam around a bit. Well Remember Igs are defenetly plenty of work But really really worth. Please Note that as soon as you provide him everything he needs he will develop really noticebly and grow even more... Have a Good One! Keep Us Posted...
The main problem with the oil based poly is it takes a long time to cure and air out. A couple of days won't do it. You want it to where you can't smell the odor of the fumes before putting the ig in. A way to speed up the curing is to close it up and fire up the heater.