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    Iguanas and Other Species Together

    I know iguanas can't be housed together 'cause they are extremelly terrotorial and will fight the for alpha position.

    But what about other species? I'm willing to buy a little baby turtle and make a semi-aquatic terrarium where i could put the turtle and my iguana together.

    What I'm fearing is that Johnny might not like, just as if it was another iguana, and rip the turtle apart.

    Do they feel threateaned by other species [even if they are a lot smaller than they are]?
    Will the ig attack the turtle for sure?

    I know igs don't need friends, thats not the purpose, i just like turtles a lot as well. I saw one in the pet shop yesterday trying to swim out of the tini tiny little thank they had him it, and i just wanted to bring him home and give him a sweet home.
    But If they might attack each other than i'll absolutely not buy it.






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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Absolutely not.
    Iguanas, as well as most other reptiles, are a one to a cage experience.
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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Don't do it! Mixing other species is a VERY bad idea 99.99% of the time! The iguana will be very territorial, the animals can spread diseases to each other, and it will really stress the turtle out! Our family's iguana tries to attack animals he sees outside his cage when they are all the way across the room(temporary housing, during tornado), I can't imagine the damage he would do if they were in reach of those teeth!

    If you want a turtle, he will be much happier in a different tank, I promise! Turtles need a lot of room too, it would just be difficult to make a tank suitable for both species.

    I think your iggy will be happy being the king of his cage without any intruders
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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Ok.
    Thanks guys

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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Here check out this article Socialization Among Reptiles you may find it refreshingly full of information.
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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Not to mention, turtles carry a TON of salmonella, which could very much make your iguana sick.
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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Turtles also have the tendency to bite tail tips and toes if given the opportunity. And when your iggy is old enough, he'd probably want to kill the turtle.
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    If you keep the lizard in a little tank it would be bad , but if you have two or three hundred sq ft it will work. I house iguanas in the same cage manly because they sell so many that I aquire a lot of unwanted igs. I only have so much room.but if all the animals especially the males can run away they will, they pick a spot and if a bigger male wants that spot they will move.I have females that wont let there mates around them in the sunlight but at night sleep with their arms around the males. My cage or prison is over 2 hundred sq feet good luck and thanks.

    every time you buy an animal you are taken on a life please think seriously about collecting animals they can live for years most of my reptiles our unwanted animals that people buy and get tired of. I am not saying you are one of these people but rember there will always be a poor little turtle or reptile that needs our help whatever you can do. thanks and good luck

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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboy3293 View Post
    If you keep the lizard in a little tank it would be bad , but if you have two or three hundred sq ft it will work. I house iguanas in the same cage manly because they sell so many that I aquire a lot of unwanted igs. I only have so much room.but if all the animals especially the males can run away they will, they pick a spot and if a bigger male wants that spot they will move.I have females that wont let there mates around them in the sunlight but at night sleep with their arms around the males. My cage or prison is over 2 hundred sq feet good luck and thanks.
    Just because you do it and they don't seem to be aggressive does not mean its good for them, did you read that article I linked above?

    200-300 sq feet is not really enough to house even a full grown adult nevermind multiple adults. Keep in mind that a female iguana has been known to travel as far away as 2.23 miles to lay eggs at a communal nest site! and even there she doesn't really socialize other than to get other iguanas out of her way with acts of aggression. she goes in to dig a nest lay eggs and leave there are occaisional fights (that many iguanas in a small area all trying to dig nests and lay eggs is a bad thing), she doesn't hang around longer than absolutely necesary!! then she goes back to her home range. In her home range she could roam around as far as 3700 feet making her natural territory as large as 10million square feet!! so what does it matter then if another iguanas territory overlap into hers? not much because the bulk of that iguanas territory will not overlap, even if she is sorrounded by other iguanas that with as large of territories as hers, they only over lap in small areas and will avoid each other if at all possible, in the event they can't or accidently run into each other there will be displays of aggression that do not necesarily include fighting. The victor gets to stay and the loser has to go off to another part of their territory, they are not social in the least.

    So in short your 200 square feet is a paltry amount compared to what they want to claim, and with 100% of their territory overlapping 100% of the time I am sure their stress levels are up even if you did provide enough hides for them to hide from not only each other but you and your guests also this is indeed a stressful situation. Imagine being told you had to live 24 hours a day in a large 4 bed room apartment (lets say its house sized 50'x25') everything is brought to you (because your not allowed to leave) so you have to eat, play, work, sleep and relax here...now add 3 more people. How long before you would be stressed to your limits? how long before you all are irratable with towards each other (its aggression without fighting but can lead to bigger displays of aggression and fights)? its the same situation and we are social creatures.
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    Re: Iguanas and Other Species Together

    hi in responce to iguanas living together I have vidieo do you? I didnt mean that you should keep reptiles together but that you can.there is thousands of reptiles sold everyday and you cant pair them up with loving single ig homes .if there is people that are willing to care for these beautiful animals and cant afford different "boxes" (little tank with uvb) then there is a way. And they dont always fight when in the same area I have vidieo.There is the treaded ig mating that I dont like but they do.I have watched a female put her bigger mate in his place, he ended up carrying her tail in his mouth all day it was a funny site. the next day they mated.they are a pair which I didnt think they did I have vidieo. they also guard the nest together which I also didnt think they did. now keep 1 ig if thats what you believe but for the people that want more go for it.I have three or four different species living together and they do fine.I have seen different species sleeping together in my environment. Now they have over 3 hundred sq ft of space why would they sleep in the same 5 sq ft with their arms around each other? the igs could sleep in the tree if they wanted but they slept with the big fat monitor that could eat them. yes I have trees in my cage its big. thanks

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