The Average Cost to Maintain an Iguana

Iguana Maintenance Cost

Complete cost breakdown

Accessories Cost
Iguana $10-$550
Enclosure $150-$1000
Miscellaneous $200
Food $10-20 a month
Vet cost $20 a month
Electricity $10-20 a month

The cheapest upfront cost of buying an iguana will be around $360, and the highest upfront cost is around $1750.

The monthly cost of maintaining an iguana will be around $40 to $60. This depends upon how much you spend on heating the iguana’s enclosure.

Iguanas themselves are not expensive, but the maintenance will take a slight toll. The baby iguanas in the pet store will be around $15 to $20. But they are easily stressed, ill, and full of parasites, and these primary problems incur greater costs with the veterinarian. Remember that, when purchasing an iguana, the rescue centers and shelters have healthier ones.

Price of an Iguana

The price of the iguanas depends on:

  • Whether you buy iguana from the pet store or adopt them (purchasing one is cheaper that adopting).
  • The species; whether they are rare or common. The rare iguana costs up to $3000.
  • If you choose a common iguana (green iguana), they are cheap, and friendly to boot. Rhino iguanas are the most expensive one.

Factors that Contributes to the Price of an Iguana

The iguanas will be priced according to their species and size, but there are also other factors that contribute to the cost:

  • Hatchling vs baby: the hatchlings are usually the cheapest because the baby iguanas are socialized to become accustomed to humans.
  • Wild-caught vs captive bred: captive iguanas cost more than wild-caught ones – captive iguanas are more socialize whereas wild-caught iguanas aren’t.
  • Supply and demand: blue iguanas are much more expensive than green iguanas, because they are demanded more.
Maintenance Of Iguana

Adopting an Iguana

When the previous owner is tired of taking care of the iguana or does not want the iguana anymore, they are ready to give for adoption for another person. Many iguanas are seen in adoption centers because many people do not have an idea of how big iguanas grow to be, and so they become incapable of housing them any longer due to their changes from what has been promised.

Once hatchlings come out of the eggs, growth comes fast – this demands plenty of responsibility. Many people fail to take care of those iguanas because of a lack of knowledge, and sometimes, people would even release them to the wild because of it; this should not be done.

Remember, that those iguanas were captive-bred, the things they got used to were domestically provided. The chances of them surviving life in the wild then become drastically lowered.

Adoption usually costs around $75. There are times, however, when prices vary, depending on the situation. You would typically receive a full-grown iguana than a hatchling.

Purchasing Iguanas from Pet Stores

Pet store-sold iguanas are typically ill, stressed, and unhealthy. You may not get your money’s worth because even if your iguana of choice comes cheap, the bill from the veterinarian will come to haunt your wallet.

Most of the pet stores stopped selling iguanas because their initial size as babies misleads the potential buyers of their growth capacity; they anticipate a small growth. When pet stores do not disclose this information, people get surprised and may lead them to mistreat their iguanas because they did not accommodate for big growth.

Iguana Purchasing

Cost of Housing Your Iguana

You need to have an idea about how big your iguana could grow. Based on that, you’ll have an idea of how big you have to build or buy your iguana’s enclosure.

Custom-made cost more than $4000 but when you build it yourself, it will cost less. This depends upon how big you want to build the enclosure, upon the plants, and materials, among other things. It may cost $150 to $1000 or more.

Electric Expenses

Cold seasons rack in more in your electric bill than the warm seasons. This is because you need to set a temperature, humidity, and amount of light which is comparable to their natural habitat for your iguana to be able to thrive.

The monthly electricity expenses will depend on where you live and how much you use the electricity. The approximate estimate would be around $10-20 a month when you have to do a lot of climate control.

Miscellaneous Expenses (toys, carriers, decorations,)

Do your best to not let your iguanas feel bored, or they may fall sick. You need to add some toys, a water bowl, food dishes, and other accessories.

  • The cost of the toy depends upon what you decide to buy them. The best toy for an iguana is a small pool. This makes iguana happy as they can swim and enjoy.
  • The iguana’s feeding bowl will cost from $5 to $25.
  • The iguana’s bowl will cost around $10.
  • If you need to take your iguana somewhere out, just like for to the vet, you need a carrier. You can buy a carrier for around $30-$40.
  • In total, the miscellaneous cost will be around $100-$200.

Feeding Expenses

The cost of feeding the iguana will be around $10 per month. This depends upon the place where you live. Their diet consists of green leaves, small worms, vegetables, and fruits.

Medical Expenses

When your iguana is sick or facing some other health issues, you need to take them to their veterinarian. A case of multiple infections may cost around $3000, so be advised to maintain proper hygiene as much as possible.

Regular check-ups cost around $200-$300 a year, per iguana.

Some signs of sickness are

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Twitching
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting
Iguana Expence

Final thoughts

You have to have at least the minimum knowledge of how to take care, and how much will you spend on caring for an iguana.