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postheadericon One of the most common problems with keeping iguanas is that they may continuously try to escape

One of the most common problems with keeping iguanas is that they may continuously try to escape. In doing so, they usually rub and bump their noses against the sides of their enclosure. This can result in serious, permanent damage to their nose and face. There are a few things you can do to help prevent your iguana from suffering nose abrasions. This article will share with you some useful advice.

Cage

Most iguanas that continuously try to escape are unhappy with their environment. Therefore, you can help reduce their escape attempts by trying to make their enclosure more to their liking. One of the main problems is that he may be housed in a cage that’s too small for him. In this case, you’ll need to buy a larger one.

In some cases, you may simply need to provide more vertical space since these lizards love to climb around. You may also want to try adding more branches or rocks to his enclosure. Another hiding spot or two won’t hurt either.

Walls

Rough surfaces will increase the likelihood of nose abrasions. This is commonly a problem in cages that walls made with screen or wire mesh. It’s best to choose a cage that has smooth wall surfaces so your iguana won’t damage his nose if he keeps rubbing it against the wall.

Vision

Another way you can limit escape attempt and subsequent nose abrasions is to limit your iguana’s vision. This can easily be done by lining the bottom of the walls with either dark film or paint. Lining the bottom five inches of the wall should be suitable enough.

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