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Enclosure Help For Recently Adopted Iguana

Discussion in 'Green Iguanas' started by Pkimble93, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Pkimble93

    Pkimble93 New Member

    I've recently adopted an iguana who came with a 75 gallon aquarium. The second i got to their home it was clear the people I got him from knew practically nothing nothing about proper care of an iguana. He is supposedly 6 months and nearly 3 feet long. His enclosure is only 2 feet tall so he has no room to climb and go about his natural behavior. I was wondering if I could turn the 75 gallon on its side to make it 4 foot tall. It has a plastic frame on both top and bottom. If it is possible how would I go about doing it to make the open top into a front opening? See picture for current habitat
    Ps. This is only temporary until I can build or find him a larger more suitable option

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  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I would leave it as it is and get building an adult sized enclosure. No matter what you do with that tank it isn't suitable.
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  3. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, it looks as though there`s a screen top, you need to cover that as completely as possible in order to stabilise the temps and humidity (kitchen foil will work temporarily). I would remove the hammock, it`s useless as a basking object because it won`t hold any heat. How are you measuring the ambient (air) temps and the basking surface temp plus the humidity range? I do agree the lizard needs a much more suitable enclosure, but I think you can make the fishtank last a few weeks (at most) in order to give you time to do that.
    What type and wattage are the heat and (UVB?) bulbs?
  4. jayduvall

    jayduvall Member

    Hi I'm not new here but have alot of experience with green iguanas, the tank is useless in itself as an enclosure for a green iguana. You can possibly turn an old piece of furniture into an enclosure such as an old dresser, China cabinet, ect. Best option would be to give it a large closet, or small space room for itself.... You would have to do some work to waterproof it but in the end your Iguana would be happier.

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