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What Fluids Can You Give to Iguanas?

Iguana Drinking Water

Iguanas are creatures that need to be hydrated all the time.  If they don’t stay hydrated, they will have health issues.  So provide them water regularly.  Of course, iguanas will absorb water from vegetables that contain more than 60% water, but you still need to provide them a separate bowl for water.

Even if you provide them fresh water to drink, you must still mist your iguana with warm water two or three times a day to keep them hydrated.  It’s important to remember to never let your iguana dehydrate.

Do Iguanas like water?

Yes, iguanas like water.  They are good swimmers and always like to live beside the water.  They will jump into the water on their own and go for a swim.  They also hid inside the water by jumping from heights into the water.  This is their natural method for escaping from predators.

When their skin gets wet, it will absorb water and keep them hydrated.  This is why you want to mist them as much as they need in addition to providing drinking water.

Iguana Water Drinking

What kind of water do Iguanas drink?

Iguanas always like to have fresh, clean water.  They don’t expect the water to always come from a bowl.  They like to lick water droplets off of leaves as this is the natural source of water for iguanas.

How do Iguanas drink water?

Make sure that your pet’s iguana drinking water is not too cold or too warm.  Room temperature water is best.  They will drink as follows:

  • Water in a bowl
  • Licking water droplets off leaves
  • Force-feeding them

Why is my pet iguana not drinking water?

There are several reasons your pet iguana might not be drinking, such as:

  • They are allergic to dirt.  If their water bowl is not clean, they will not drink the water.  This will lead to dehydration.
  • If the water is too cold or too hot, they will not drink it.  Drinking water should be at room temperature.
  • If their stomach is too full, they can’t drink.  This is fairly common, but watch and make sure they eventually drink.

What happens if your pet Iguana doesn’t drink water?

As stated above, there are a few reasons your iguana might not drink water.  If they continue to avoid drinking beyond their capacity, the following issues can occur:

  • Sunken eyes
  • Loose skin, wrinkles, dry, and pale color
  • Dehydration
  • Low strength
  • Kidney failure
  • Malnutrition
  • Tiredness
  • Lessened physical activity
  • Dry mucous membranes

Force-feeding water to your pet Iguana

When your iguana doesn’t drink water regularly, you have to force-feed them.  Before force-feeding, try sprinkling water on leaves, so your iguana feels it’s in his natural environment.

If your iguana still does not drink through misting leaves, hold your iguana’s head gently and make sure your pet can’t move its head.  Fill a syringe with water and pour it into your iguana’s mouth.

How long can Iguanas live without water

Iguanas can go between two weeks and two months (depending on their size and species) without water.  After that, they will get weak and dehydrated.  If it continues for a long time, they can die.

Iguana Without Water

How much water should an Iguana drink per day?

Iguanas need to be hydrated.  They drink water according to their weight.  If your iguana is one kilogram, they need 20 mL of water.  If your iguana is 5 kilograms, they need 100 mL of water per day.

Can Iguanas drink tap water?

No, iguanas can’t drink tap water.  It contains chlorine, chloramine, heavy metals, and ammonia.  These chemicals will harm an iguana’s digestive system and cause issues like low calcium levels.  This can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).  They need to be provided with clean, filtered water to drink.

Do Iguanas drink milk?

No, don’t give your iguana milk.  Their body does not produce the necessary enzymes to digest the milk.  If you feed them milk, they will have gastrointestinal issues and bloating.  Never feed dairy products to your iguana.

Fluids you should never give your pet Iguana

Iguanas are sensitive to some fluids, and it’s important to have knowledge of what fluids can harm your iguana.  Here are some fluids that iguanas cannot drink.

  • Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, cola drinks, energy drinks, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Dirty water
  • Tap water
  • Milk products
  • Acid containing fluids
Iguana Unhealthy

Final thoughts

Iguanas should always be hydrated, so provide them with fresh, clean water at all times.  Water may evaporate during the day, so you need to monitor the level.  Make sure the water is room temperature and regularly mist your iguana to maintain hydration.

Iguanas are sensitive to fluids other than freshwater.  Be careful giving anything other than water to your iguana.  If your iguana gets dehydrated despite all your efforts, consult with your vet for further suggestions.