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How to Clean Your Iguana Habitat

By John Simmons TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

Your iguana's habitat also needs to be sanitized. That means that everything in there, including the floors, walls, climbing structure...everything, needs to be washed and disinfected every week. You can purchase cleaning supplies at your local pet shop to help you to maintain the health of your iguana's habitat.

You also have to keep you clean. After touching your iguana or anything that belongs to him or his habitat, wash your hands with antibacterial soap really well. They can spread salmonella!

Yes, an iguana needs a good bath, too. To give your iguana a bath, you'll need to place it in a tub of water that is quite shallow. You can use your bathtub, but for sanitary reasons, it is better to purchase its own tub for bathing. Never bath them in the skin or anywhere where the area can come in contact with food. Everything should be sterilized before and after your iguana has a bath.

Never use any type of soap on your iguana. Keep the water warm and allowing a soft shower to run is just fine as long as not much water stays in the tub. Give them a batch as often as you can, even daily. But, at least one time per week should be done.

Allow your iguana to get a bit of time in the water. About 30 minutes will allow it to soak and enjoy itself. Never walk away from your iguana at this time. It only takes a second for them to disappear on you!

If you owned a dog, you would take him to the vet often and get his health maintained by your doctor. You need to do the same thing with your iguana. He needs to be kept healthy if he is to live a long and happy life.

In most areas, you can find a vet that will take reptiles. In many ways, this is a great way to learn more about your iguana too. Take the time to talk with a vet to make sure that they have experience with iguanas. If not, they will not know how to spot illnesses or even help you to maintain his health.

When it comes to maintaining the health of your pet, you need to make sure that he has all that he needs in cleanliness and attention. Take care of keeping his habitat clean, as this will help to avoid most instances of illness. In addition, make sure that anything that soils the habitat is cleaned quickly including food and waste.

By doing these simple things you will keep the living quarters of your pet healthy for both you and your iguana.

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