How To Find Your Lost Iguana
Unfortunately, I can't guarantee he will be found but I can certainly help you think of all the best spots to look. I have heard of many iguanas either escaping their enclosure or worse yet, escaping the house. Since I was a kid I've been overly obsessed with keeping all animals indoor, all the time. I hate to think of a poor helpless pet lost outside :( That being said, let's first look indoors. Here are some things you should do first, before ripping apart your room.
1. Close the door of the room where your iguana spends most of his time. For example, if your iguana's habitat is inside of your spare room there's a good chance he's still in there.
2. Keep other pets locked up in a crate or outside so they don't mistake your missing iguana for a snack or play thing.
3. Check the floor first so you don't step on him while your searching. Then check in high spots- the top of book cases, cabinets, or curtains. Don't just look with your eyes but feel through the curtains and lift up things.
4. Check closets. Again, don't just look but feel in between clothes, coats and whatever else is hanging. I have heard of many iguanas climbing up inside of sweatshirts only to be found three days later because their owner didn't physically check.
5. Next, look inside of dark small spots. Under the couch, the space between your bed or couch and the wall. Iguanas love to cram themselves inside of itty bitty spaces as it makes them feel more secure. To this day, Iggy tries to go underneath my dresser despite it being too small for her to fit in.
6. Once you have thoroughly checked the initial room, branch out into the rest of your house or apartment. Check the floor, then look up high, then check hiding spots.
Hopefully you have found her by now! If not, don't give up. Something like 95% of all escaped iguanas do not leave their owner's property! There is hope and you will find her. Leave a plate of food out in each room and during the day you can set up a heat lamp on a certain spot so hopefully your iguana will see it and be coaxed out of their spot.
Be sure to continuously check any danger areas in the house such as the stove, radiators or other areas that can get extremely hot. You do not want to find your iguana like that :(
After you've checked the inside of your house it's time to move onto the outside yard. As we know, iguanas love to climb so any tree will be ideal. They just want to get up off the ground so they won't get eaten. If you live in a warm area of the world, your escaped iguana can live for many days provided they are in good health- so keep searching!
Put up Lost Iguana signs around your neighborhood. Alert neighbors, animal shelters, heck- if it were me I'd even call the police and fire department so they are aware of a missing iguana.
If you have a tame iguana who normally does not act aggressively, I'd suggest putting on the missing ad that he/she is sweet and not threat to children or animals. I have heard many sad stories of missing iguanas being mistaken for vicious animals so scared neighbors do what they can to 'get rid' of it before it hurts their own pet or children.
Here are some hiding spots that fellow iguana owners have found their iggs in:
- In the garage inside of a trash can
- In the shed curled up inside of a car tire
- On top of kitchen cabinets inside of a jar
- Smushed between the fridge and the wall of the kitchen
- Inside of clothing in closets
- In couches/arm chairs
- In piles of dirty laundry/laundry hamper
- Shower curtain
Best of luck finding your iguana. For those of you who have been lucky enough not to have had this happen- remember- it can! Iguanas are very sneaky when it comes to escaping out of their enclosures or just walking out the door. They are naturally very curious of their surroundings and most will venture out if given the chance. I have even heard of iguanas banging against doors in order to vibrate the lock open!