Buying a pet iguana is beneficial only when buying directly from the pet shop. If you are buying it from online pet shop or from another person, request to inspect the iguana in person & follow this detailed guide to buying a pet iguana;
Before proceeding, please make sure that you’re familiar with things to know before buying an iguana and make sure that this is the right pet for you.
Also, if possible, consider adopting an iguana rather than buying it from the pet store. As often stated, iguanas are one of the most misunderstood pets – new owners often rush into acquiring one without any knowledge what responsibility they are going into. Almost 70% of iguanas bought in pet stores end abandoned, or dead, during the first year after reaching new owner’s home. Luckier ones get their shelter in animals rescue centers but it’s not a long-time solution.
You’re still in? Great, the next step is reaching the pet store where you can see iguana and check its condition.
The first one is a physical test. Make sure the pet-shop allows you to hold the iguanas you choose. When you physically check the iguana, you can look out for any sign of illness or existing wound that might appear on the iguana.
The skin should appear firm, clear, clean, and free from bites and scratches (Bites and scratches mean they might be infected).
The abdomen should be free of burns, burns may eventually heal, but the skin will always be very sensitive to heat, usually, many hobbyists use hot electric stones to warm the iguana which can be harmful to the iguana. Check for this signs as well.
Below the stomach, there should be no dirt (dirty stomach indicates that the animal lives in an unhygienic environment that can make it sick and weak.)
Their genitals should be free of dried dirt and urine. (This suggests that the lizard may have parasites and protozoa in the stomach.)
The iguanas balk when the parts of their body are moving (weakness and instability may be a sign that the lizard is injured or suffering from calcium deficiency.) Limbs, tail, and whole body should have no lumps or swelling (Cysts, infections, and fractures in animals require treatment.)
The hind legs and thighs should be normal (Swollen legs may show a fracture, if two legs or thighs are weak, indicating a lack of calcium supply.)
The limbs must be sturdy and fat, while the body is also smooth and vibrant. If the hands and feet are very thin, might be a sign of a lizard being starved or dehydrated. If the body looks wrinkled and dry, there may be a bacterial or parasitic (like, mites) infection.
The eyes should be clear (If the eyes are blurry, crusty, or watery, there may be an infection of the respiratory system or inflammation of the eye.)
The nose should not be dry or filled with wet mucus (Dry mucus or foam is an indication of infection in the respiratory system.) Look inside the mouth. (Infections will cause serious illness.)
The jaw should not be swollen (If it is swollen, then the animal may have a metabolic disease). No swelling or bumps on his face, wetting, or neck (Magnification may indicate an abscess.)