I eventually want to build a nice big outdoor enclosure for the summer.. Is it possible to make it a permanent housing through summer(not having to go back and forth from the house to outside) although I will if I have too. What about summer storms, wind etc. Maybe removeable panels on the sides for protection?
Any ideas? I could have it built on the front porch but then he wouldnt get much sun(our house faces South) so only morning sun and evening sun on opposite sides of the porch.
Unfortunately placing of the cage is a bit of a problem we have too many trees.I dont like the idea of the front yard.Too many kids in the neighborhood.
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Nov 29, 2012 15:54:46 GMT -8
Outdoor enclosures for warmer climates are a great idea! So long as, at night, the temps don't drop below 75-80 degrees and there are no creatures that may get to him I think it should be fine. I live in Washington so I can only bring Gwendolyn outside on the summer days that are warm and sunny. Not as warm as Kansas I'm sure but still nice On stormy days/nights he should definitely be brought in because that would really freak him out being in that kind of weather.
Ideally the enclosure would be partly in full sun, partly in a little shade, and partly fully shaded so he could choose where to be but the ideal is not always realistic. He can absorb UVB even in a shady spot but the more sun exposure he gets the more UVB he gets, just have to be careful of over heating.
When choosing materials to use don't use a wire mesh; iguanas climb it and end up breaking and losing toes. A plastic mesh (with larger holes) or strong cloth netting would be a better choice, they will still climb it but there is less of a chance of injury. I've never actually seen someone use a cloth netting so I don't know how well one would hold up but most of Gwen's enclosure is cloth fabric and it had held up magnificently - it's the plastic I chose that failed.