Submitted by: Mike Dutton
Iguanas are so cheap because most stores pay pennies for them. You ve got to know what the right iguana price is so that you can make a smart purchase. Iguanas are shipped by the dozens or by the hundreds to pet stores. Don t let the cheap price fool you though. Most of the time when pet stores receive such large amounts of iguanas, they are not able to give them enough attention for care. Iguanas are reptiles that need the right conditions for living. They need things like UVB lights, the right types of food, space and heat. The iguana price is not just made of the initial price; it is the total price of taking care of the iguana that tends to surprise people. It s crazy how most pet stores don t even sell the right items for taking care of the iguana. Sometimes they might give you pre-packaged foods. Iguanas can t eat those things. Iguanas are herbivores and need natural greens like collard greens and mustard greens. They are not like dogs that can eat dry and wet dog food.
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Iguanas can be purchased for less than $20.00. That is very affordable! There are so many iguanas available out there and the demand is low. As long as the demand is low and the supply is high, the price will remain to be as low as it is. There are also plenty of unlicensed folks out there who sell iguanas for extremely low prices. They shouldn t be selling these iguanas because it is illegal to sell an exotic animal without a license, but they also have an effect on the market and the price. When you buy an iguana, you ve got to make several other purchases. You ve got to by a large cage. Iguanas are exotic animals from rainforest areas. They love large areas and they love to climb. A large cage can cost at least $200. You ve also got to put UVB lights in the cage. You need to purchases dishes for food and water. You also have to purchase a litter box so that the cage can stay clean. All of those items can cost up to $50 altogether. You probably don t want to place your iguana cage right next to an outlet so you might need to purchase an extension cord if you don t already have one.
Since you need to provide a little bit of extra light for the iguana, it s going to cost you in your electricity bill. The iguana also needs to eat. You can t just buy any food though. Since iguanas are vegetarians you need to buy fresh greens for them. All of this can add up to somewhere around and added $50 to $100 per month. Unfortunately, iguanas carry the disease salmonella because they love to lick everything in sight. Make sure you have enough money for vet office visits.
It probably would make more sense if iguanas were sold for over $100 in stores. This way, people would think twice before purchasing them. They would probably do more research instead of purchasing them on instinct. If people were more prepared, then most iguanas would begin to actually live fully for over twenty years instead of three years or twelve to fifteen.
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