We see that if you are housing iguanas then it is very essential that you think about breeding them as this is also an essential step. Before you decide to breed the iguanas it is important that you know about their behavior, their breeding conditions, and that how to incubate the eggs.
In this article, you will get all the details regarding it and how easily you can take care of your iguana’s eggs.
Breeding season and aggression
You would be aware of the fact that the iguanas are aggressive and this is mostly noticed by the owners during their breeding season. This is normal and can be minimized if you handle them properly.
Male iguanas are mostly aggressive as they want to showcase themselves as dominant ones in their territory. Also, Learn to Care for a Baby Green iguana.
Iguanas breeding nature
The iguanas can breed anytime when they are in captivity, through the end of spring or even autumn. You can easily tell that your iguana is going to breed if you notice any changes in its behavior. The iguanas might even change their color during this time. Female iguanas might also show signs of aggression but these are not severe.
Mostly the iguanas breed when they are 2-3 years old and when they are in captivity.
Taking care of iguana eggs
There are two ways by which you can take care of the iguana eggs. One is the conventional way and the other way is the modern one. If you want the modern way you can get a machine.
Your iguana can give around 25-40 eggs. So you would need an incubator that can easily take care of the eggs. If you want to have more eggs then this method is very beneficial but if you do not have any purpose for the iguana’s livestock then you can use the conventional method.
Moreover, the price is less and it can be easily done at home. Follow these easy steps and you will easily get your work done.
Prepare hiding boxes
When you find that your female iguana is pregnant. There are no symptoms for this but you will notice that it is getting bigger in size. You can know that she is pregnant by touching her lower tummy or the sides of the body.
When you are sure about the pregnancy then you can make some hiding box for the iguana. This is the advantage of giving a big cage, so you can easily create spaces for hiding. In the wild, the iguana will hide the egg in the holes. This is because the female iguana can produce around 25-40 eggs and she keeps it in someplace in the cage itself.
You can arrange the box under the cage and add some sand to it. This can be used by the iguana to bury the eggs, and you can even put it somewhere separately in the tank so that it stays clean. You can introduce this box so that the iguana can put the eggs in it.
When the iguana’s mom puts the eggs in the box you need to keep them in the incubator. Make sure to use latex gloves when you move the eggs because the eggs are very sensitive and the eggs might get infected even if you touch the eggs with washed hands.
So, be very careful while doing this as the iguana mom can turn aggressive if she feels threatened by her eggs. This process can be a little stressful so you need to be very careful. You can make use of the spoons back to lift the eggs.
After this, put the eggs in the incubator and in the same position. If you want to make a low-budget incubator then you can use a plastic box and cover it with plastic. You can open the cover for around 3 minutes a day so that the humidity is maintained. You can even add the vermiculite too mixed with water. This should be dry and saturated. You can even add warm water in the same volume. Keep the temperature of the box at 86-87 F.
Also, for this time you need to monitor the eggs every day. Not all the eggs crack out perfectly. Some might die. But if you still want them, move them to a different incubator. This time make sure to use different pairs of gloves.
We find that the iguanas breed in captivity and the eggs need to be keeping in incubation for a certain period. Make sure you provide appropriate temperature conditions to them.