Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Plattsmouth, NE
Yes, I'm afraid reptiles don't actually play...thus, no use for toys. Toys would be ignored. (Well, there's one case for stuffed animals regarding male iguanas, but we won't go there). They're a simpler creature than mammals or birds. They enjoy basking, eating, and hiding, lol. Plenty of room and strong climbing branches will make him happier. Reptiles never show any signs of boredom or stress from lack of things to do. If you want to stimulate his mind, consider target training.
(One exception to the above--Komodo dragons have been spotted engaging in what looks suspiciously like play, but they are the brightest of the reptiles known, and no others have ever been seen playing).
Does he actually use the litter box as a toilet? I know some reptiles develop a preferential spot to go in their cage. Rather amazing if he does. Just be sure it doesn't have actual kitty litter in it--that could be very dangerous if he ate it, and often contains chemicals he doesn't need to encounter.
Some of the formulated diets for reptiles are horrible, and there's no regulation or oversight of such products. Repashy crested gecko diet is the only exception I'm aware of so far. There are a few other crested gecko diets that are also supposedly good. But, those are for crested geckos...not iguanas. (The diets have revolutionized keeping rhacodactylus geckos--the mixes of fruit and insects people were offering them were extremely difficult to balance, and a lot of cresties failed to thrive or developed deficiencies when fed that way--so, natural or no, the CGD is a far superior food to anything humans could provide before).
Some tortoise supply companies are now selling seed mixes for edible plants for various species. You might consider picking up one that's heavy on flowers and broadleaf plants. Your iguana would LOVE edible flowers as a treat (at least, most iguanas do).
You could plant him his own garden patch to give him fresh treats from all summer.
Last edited by WingedWolfPsion; 03-12-2012 at 12:43 AM.