Our pair of desert iguanas (Diplosauus dorsalis), Martha and Norman, are very much at home in the building that houses the JBL lab. They have their own terrarium and enjoy the desert sun at JBL ReptilDesert L-U-W Light alu 50W and the additional heat and light source from the JBL ReptilDay 100W.
After Thomas, our animal keeper, had cleaned and refilled the substrate yesterday at 9:00 a.m. the animals obviously felt moved to dig a diagonal hollow 15-20 cm deep in the moistened new sand heap and to hide 5 eggs inside at about 12:20 p.m.
To support these activities we used JBL TerraSand natural red as our bottom layer. It is stable enough to allow hollows to be dug in it. Above that a mixture of JBL TerraSand natural yellow and JBL TerraSand natural white was added to resemble the iguanas’ natural habitat.
Their nutrition is similar to that of the bearded dragons. They like dandelion and other plants found growing wild in meadows and hedgerows. From time to time they also try our new food for Tortoises Herbil, which they enjoy soaked.
The following products are used in Martha’s and Norman’s terrarium: The substrate consists of JBL TerraSand natural red , JBL TerraSand natural yellow and JBL TerraSand natural white . We chose JBL ReptilDesert L-U-W Light alu and JBL ReptilDay with JBL TempProtect II light and JBL TempSet Unit L-U-W for the lighting and a sufficient UVB supply, installed a JBL TerraControl for their monitoring and integrated a JBL ReptilCava RED for a permanent water supply.
If you would like to learn more about desert iguanas (Diplosauus dorsalis) we have collected some facts for you
Origin: south west USA
Size: up to 40 cm total length, 16 cm head-torso length
How to keep: keep in groups (1 male, 2 females)
Terrarium size: 160 x 80 x 80 cm for adult animals
Temperature requirements: 32-38 °C, regionally up to 45 °C (day), 18-20 °C (night), the animals must be offered different temperatures. Hibernation at about 14-15 °C
Humidity: 40 % rh
Water supply: provide in a water bowl
UVB supply: absolutely vital (using for instance JBL ReptilDesert L-U-W Light alu )