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Green iguanas are a hassle


   27 January 2017   l   Justin Steyn    l   Views: 111   l   4 months ago  

 

Green iguanas are risky as pets due to their high maintenance and risk around children. Photo: CaribeanPets.com


Green iguanas are a pet favourite around the world. 

The bright coloured reptiles are the envy of many reptile owners who may not have these arboreal species in their collections.

However, Arno Naudé, chairperson of the Transvaal Herpetological Union, said green iguanas require special care and are given preference as pets among experienced reptile breeders or keepers as supposed to being regular household pets.

Naudé said obtaining a green iguana firstly requires a permit if one resides in provinces such as Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.

According to Invasive Species South Africa, green iguanas have become highly invasive in several tropical and subtropical countries.

Their website states that invasive green iguanas have been observed to have caused damage to infrastructures, as well as being regarded as a threat to food security in certain regions.

The iguana species are listed under category two in the National list of Invasive Species and a permit is required to be obtained in the afore mentioned regions if to be kept as pets.

Naudé said obtaining such a permit from the Department of Environmental Affairs is not the only hassle, but to maintain the reptile is no easy task.

“These reptiles require a lot of maintenance and if one is not serious about taking care of them, it could harm them in the long run. They require a lot of daily fresh food and their temperature needs to be checked regularly to ensure their food is digested properly.”

He added that the species is to be kept in an area with a room temperature no lower than 30°C.

When kept as pets, Naudé said it would be preferable to keep the green iguana from a young age.

“Unfortunately, one has to be very careful when one keeps these iguanas, especially around children. They tend to claw and bite when not handled correctly and this can serve to be quite dangerous around children.”

Overall, Naudé said smaller reptiles such as geckos and chameleons will serve as better pets as these require minimum effort and most species do not require permits. Source — invasives.org.za 

 

 


 

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