Red Iguana
  Inside scoop from Aqualand on Iguana iguana

 
 

Red Iguana Factoids

Origin

El Salvador iguana farms.

Sexual Differences

Males larger, more aggressive, and more colorful
Breeding Not likely in small quarters

Temperature

85F preferred
Lighting Full-spectrum fluorescent bulb

Attitude

Mistrustful at first.  Adapts to captivity.

Biggest Threat

Low temps.  Inadequate light and diet.

Schedule

Diurnal

Security

Likes to climb

Size

4 to 6 feet

Foods

See Cool Iguana Pics for suggestions

Water

Provide a large water bowl
Prologue:  Red iguanas are just a color variation of the green iguanas.  They have been selectively bred by iguana ranchers to produce redder and redder strains.  They still cost quite a bit more than the standard greens.  See Iguana New for additional iguana info.  Treat them exactly as you would your average green iguana.

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New red flame iguana in his shipping container.

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Not so red at this size.

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Tame but a slow eater.

 

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6-inch red iguana.  Not exactly red at this stage.

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Of course they like to climb.

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They'll head for the highest perch.

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He'' also size up the ceiling.

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Not particularly aggressive.

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Unless you pester him a little.

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thinks he's godzilla but they rarely bite.  They lick a lot.

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About 14-inches at this point.

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He develops his red color as he matures.

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Lots of sharp toenails just like his green cousins.

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He relaxes once he'd used to you.

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12-inch red iguana.  He hates being held.

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Very sharp nails for an iguana this size.  Next time I handle him, I will clip his nails.

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Lots of little nicks and scratchrs to remind me to trim his nails.

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When you confine all his limbs, he can't scratch.

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When you hold him up to sex him, he really scratches.

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These two get along okay but their toenails can cause problems.

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Two-footer here.

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He lets the little guy climb all over him.

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Both seek the highest pinnacle.

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Iguanas always like to climb.

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18-inch red iguana that escaped for two weeks.  He likes to run.

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Same guy.

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Pretty much a wild iguana now.  Runs like a hot alligator.

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Strawberry applesauce holds his attention.

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Prefers applesauce to vegetation.

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Salad always works.

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As mentioned earlier, they get redder as they mature.

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24-inch trade in.

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Least rowdy of all the reds we've had.

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18-inch red iguana.

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Red Salvadoran iguana at lunch -- starting over.

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Another new guy.

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Takes new guys a couple weeks to tame down.

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