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Leash harnesses can be a way to get your green iguanas, or other lizards, out into the sunshine.
I flashed back on my experience with getting a harness on a green iguana. To say it was unsuccessful is an understatement. I thought it would be fun to be able to take my iguana, Yombo , for a walk on occasion, so bought a small leather harness for him, attached to the end of a leash. After some finagling I got his front legs through the holes and attached it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Yombo sat there for a moment, and then I got to witness some spectacular contortions and twisting, as he frantically tried to escape the harness. He rolled over the ground, getting himself twisted up in the leash, and generally acted as if the harness were made of acid. I got it off him quickly, and thus endeth the Yombo-on-a-leash idea.
This woman’s iguana was not fazed at all, and was very used to his harness. I didn’t ask her if he took to it right off or if there was an adjustment period that featured the twisting and writhing that Yombo had exhibited.
Harnesses can be a way to get your green iguanas, or other lizards, out into the sunshine. Exposure to UVB is a tremendously important consideration when keeping basking lizards, and natural sunlight is terrific to utilize if possible. Outdoor enclosures are another way to facilitate this. If you go this route, be sure shade is available for your pets as well. If nothing else, you can take your lizard outside and let it roam around under your watchful eye. Luckily, there’s life-saving full-spectrum lighting for reptiles that are kept indoors (which are the vast majority, of course). Even if you use full-spectrum lighting for your reptiles, it would still be great if you could get them out into natural sunlight occasionally. For information on artificial and natural light, click here .
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