Iguana Healthcare:

Iguana's are a very tolerant species and there should be little concern for health related problems whilst maintaining your iguana, although even if you keep an excellent environment and a well balanced diet for you iguana it is still possible for disease, illness or injuries to occur. Listed below is a selection of illnesses that can occur, if any of the problems persist it is advised that you visit your vet immediately.

Paralysis Of The Rear Legs and Tail:

If you have noticed that your iguana is struggling to walk and has no movement in its rear legs or tail it is likely that your iguana has a vitamin B1 defficiency due to lack of calcium in their diet. In order to cure this disease it is advised to change oe diet of your iguana so that it includes much more vitamins and minerals in their food and diet supplementation. For More Information On Diet Supplements and Igauana Feeding Click Here

Metabolic Bone Disease:

The symptoms of metabolic bone disease involve the limbs of your iguana becoming distorted and twisted this is due to the fact that the iguana has received a lack of calcium in its diet and in order to gain the calcium needed the iguana will start to use the calcium in its bones, this leads to the twisted and distorted look of the iguanas limbs. In order to help prevent metabolic bone disease you must regularly add calcium to your iguanas diet in order to stop the onset of MBD. If your iguana has contracted the disease I would advise you to visit your vet immediately in order to discover if iguana can be cured.

Nose Abration:

This is a common injury with captive iguanas as they will often try and explore their enclosure by trying to force their nose through small gaps within their own housing or rub their noses against the glass. This is a common ocurance and should not be seen as serious injury however if left untreated this could become a serious health issue for your pet iguana. You will be able to notice this injury as the iguana will have ulceration on the nose and it is best to discover any potential areas where the iguana could rub their nose against and remove it, in order to prevent any further injury to your iguana.

Mouth Rot:

If you have noticed that your iguana has swelling, inflamation or any signs of puss around the mouth area it is highly likely that the iguana has contracted mouth rot other tell tale signs are salvation around the mouth plus eating difficulties. The disease is often due to the iguana not recieving the correct vitamins and minerls from their food intake, this will need to be addressed. To resolve this problem it is advised that you visit your veterinary surgeon who will provide an antibiotic treatment course.


Skin damage and the burning of your iguanas skin can be a common and some times fatal injury to your iguana that is often caused by bulbs being to close and easily exposed within your iguanas housing. This can be prevented by making sure your bulb is the correct distance away form the gecko and installing a thermostat within the housing would also be an excellent way to help prevent overheating within the iguana's cage. Another more cost effective way to monitor temperature would be to put a thermometer in the housing of your iguana so that you can keep a constant eye on the housing temperature. For More Information On Correct Reptile Lighting Click Here


It is also advised that if you are bringing a new iguana into your existing cage you should keep the new iguana separate and monitor the reptiles behavior to discover if it has any problems. A three week period should be a safe enough time in order to monitor your new iguana and once this is complete you should be able to house the new gecko into your existing envi hnment, however I would advise against housing iguanas together within a small cage and it is best to keep the iguanas in seperate housing to prevent injuries.

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