From practical experience: the right substrate for breeding

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 alluminio 50W and the additional heat and light source from the JBL ReptilDay Halogen 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 rosso natura as our bottom layer. It is stable enough to allow hollows to be dug in it. Above that a mixture of JBL TerraSand giallo natura and JBL TerraSand bianco natura 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 Tartarughe di terra Herbil, which they enjoy soaked.

The following products are used in Martha’s and Norman’s terrarium: The substrate consists of JBL TerraSand rosso natura , JBL TerraSand giallo natura and JBL TerraSand bianco natura . We chose JBL ReptilDesert L-U-W Light alluminio and JBL ReptilDay Halogen with JBL TempProtect light and JBL TempSet Unit L-U-W for the lighting and a sufficient UVB supply, installed a JBL TerraControl Solar for their monitoring and integrated a JBL ReptilCava RED for a permanent water supply.

Description

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

Food: plant-based nutrition, herbs, occasionally insects (e.g. crickets, house crickets, these to be supplied with vitamins and trace elements JBL TerraVit and JBL MicroCalcium ), rarely fruit

Water supply: provide in a water bowl

UVB supply: absolutely vital (using for instance JBL ReptilDesert L-U-W Light alluminio )

© 20.02.2017
Matthias Wiesensee
Matthias Wiesensee
M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
JBL GmbH & Co. KG

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