What Damage Do Iguanas Do?

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Iguanas are one of the more destructive lizard species in the Great Plains region of the United States.

Ranging from northern Florida to southern Canada, iguanas thrive in tropical conditions.

They are adaptable and can live anywhere from sandy coastal regions to forests to grasslands.

In addition to their wide range, this is one species that is ecologically successful across different habitats.

For example, iguanas thrive in urban areas as well as agricultural fields and pastures.

Iguana’s biology and behavior make them a fierce competitor for resources, habitat, and mates. They also have an innate tendency towards cannibalism.

All these factors combine to make iguanas one of the most destructive lizards in the Great Plains region of North America when it comes to habitat destruction.

Keeping an Iguanas as a pet is not recommended for several reasons.

Besides being aggressive animals that typically don’t get along with other pets or children, they are also territorial by nature, especially when threatened or trapped indoors at night time.

When housed together outdoors or indoors seasonally, they will become aggressive towards each other and attack viciously if given the opportunity.

Therefore, keeping both adult male and female iguanas separately is highly advisable if you plan on getting either one as a pet animal.

Do Iguanas Damage Roofs?

Iguanas can cause a great deal of damage to roofs, especially when an overhang or other opening allows them entry.

Once inside, they will burrow and nest in the insulation as well as build webs to protect themselves from predators like owls and hawks.

They will also chew on any materials, such as wood, plastic, metal, and even brick, if accessible.

In addition to chewing on materials for food or construction purposes, iguanas may become trapped in attics and crawlspaces, further damaging the area by trying to escape.

Iguanas have also been known to bite people and pets who venture too close while they are adjusting to their new environment. To prevent this type of damage, it is important to secure your roof and any openings properly.

Regular inspections and preventative maintenance can also help ensure that iguanas are not able to gain access in the first place.

By taking these precautions, you can protect both your property and your family from potential hazards posed by iguanas.

It is also important to note that if you already have an infestation, professional pest control services should be consulted as soon as possible to remove the animals safely and effectively.

Taking action sooner rather than later will help minimize further damage caused by these reptiles.

Are Iguanas Aggressive?

Yes, iguanas can be aggressive. When threatened or cornered, they have been known to lash out with their tail and claws as well as bite.

Iguanas will also become increasingly territorial if kept in an enclosed space such as an aquarium or terrarium for long periods.

It is important to note that these lizards are not naturally aggressive creatures, but rather tend to respond defensively when feeling threatened.

Therefore, it is best to respect the animal’s boundaries and avoid provoking them if possible.

In addition, if you do keep multiple iguanas together, they should always be closely monitored to prevent any potential altercations from occurring between them and other pets or people in the area.

Iguanas can also be quite loud and vocal with their rumbling calls, so it is best to keep them in an isolated environment away from any sensitive humans or animals.

Finally, if opting to have an iguana as a pet, it is important to understand the animal’s behavior and natural tendencies before doing so.

With proper research and caution, owning an iguana can be a rewarding experience for both you and your new scaly friend!

Can Iguanas Hurt Dogs?

Iguanas have many predators, including humans and dogs. When a dog comes in contact with an iguana, it can kill the dog in two seconds by breaking its neck.

If an iguana is not kept properly, it can also hurt or kill a dog if given the opportunity. Iguanas are one of the most damaging lizard species in North America, which often leads to their classification as pests by various countries.

Do Iguanas Carry Any Diseases?

Iguanas can carry various diseases, such as salmonella. Therefore it is important to always practice proper hygiene when handling them.

It is also recommended to not let the iguana come in contact with other animals, including dogs, cats, and other reptiles since they can transmit illnesses between them.

When purchasing an iguana, be sure to ask the seller if their reptiles have been tested for any infectious diseases. By doing so, you can minimize your risk of coming into contact with potentially harmful organisms.

In conclusion, iguanas are fascinating creatures that require special attention and care.

They can pose a danger to people and property due to their aggressive nature and propensity for damaging roofs and materials on which they chew or burrow.

Furthermore, they have the potential to transmit diseases, so it is important to take the necessary precautions when handling them.

With proper research and maintenance, owning an iguana can be a rewarding experience for both you and your scaly friend!

By taking the time to understand their behaviors, provide a suitable habitat, and practice proper hygiene protocols, you can greatly reduce any risks associated with having iguanas as pets or living nearby.

Doing so will allow you to appreciate these reptiles while also keeping yourself and your family safe along the way.


Iguanas can be beautiful and fascinating pets when handled properly.

However, they are also wild animals that require respect and caution to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your property.

If iguanas have become a problem in or around your home, pest control services should be consulted as soon as possible to remove them safely and effectively.

Taking action sooner rather than later will help minimize further damage caused by these reptiles. With proper research, safety protocols, and maintenance you can enjoy these scaly friends for many years to come.

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My name is Nelson Knox, and I'm a 37-year-old lizard grower from Oklahoma.
I live with my girlfriend Lillian and our 2 lizards, Ringo & Star, and we spend our days exploring their fascinating world. We love to watch them hunt for bugs, bask in the sun, and enjoy life generally!

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