Learning to care for a spiny tailed iguana is different from others.
Spiny-tailed iguanas are mostly originated from Mexico and Central America. Of these iguanas, there are many types. Their size can range from a few inches to well over two or three feet long! These are called spiny tail because they have large scales on their tail unusually.
They are the most active lizard species, and because of their large size, they will only make good pets for the most experienced lizard handlers. They are more likely to escape! But if you start with a relatively young lizard and are patient and handle him slowly and often, then you can gradually control your pet. Old lizards are hysterical and awkward and don’t enjoy being handled.
Spiny-tailed iguanas don’t particularly wish to climb like their green iguana counterparts, but they may climb up a little too far for a promontory or branch in order to bask in the sun. Like all lizards, they are cold-blooded and require an external source of warmth. In their natural environment, they are naturally warmed up by the sun. After a cold night spent in the dark, they spend a warm morning, almost motionless, in the warm sunshine. This makes them more active. Then they can go out searching for food.
What type of food do spiny-tailed iguanas eat?
Every reptile enthusiast knows that iguana is a herbitores, but still many people know misinformation about it.
The first thing everyone should know about iguana diet is that there is no kind of meat in it. Meat is very bad for spiny-tail iguanas. Animal protein is also bad for iguanas. In fact, iguanas get very little protein, even from plants. This is because protein prevents them from absorbing the calcium that they need to stay healthy. Iguanas do not eat crickets, mealworms, pinkie mice, birds or any other food that is not a vegetable or a fruit.
When it comes to iguana’s diet, there is a difference between healthy and unhealthy vegetables and fruits. Broccoli, spinach, cabbage, bok choy, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts should be given in very small quantities. Likewise, the charts, the beet, and the rhubarb.
Alfalfa is a good protein source for spiny-tailed iguanas, and rabbit food is also best. The leafy greens are the base of an iguana diet. One of the best is mustard greens. Other vegetables that should be the basis for iguanas – dandelion greens, collard greens, watercress, and escarole. Take care not to eat spiny-tailed iguanas houseplants. They like hibiscus, nasturtium, violets, geraniums, spider plants, fichus, and wandering Jew.
Fruits are good for an iguana diet, but should not be high. Don’t give more than 10% of the fruit. The favorite fruit of spiny-tailed iguana is banana. Also, he can eat apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew melon, kiwis, mangoes, pears, and strawberries.
Occasional vegetables can include:
- Yellow squash
- Swiss chard
- Sweet potato
- Spaghetti squash
- Beets and Beet
- Acorn squash.