Just like people, lizards get dry skin during the winter. And then to fight the cold, in order to keep the reptiles warm, I use a small heater. It runs 24/7 to keep the temperature up and causes it to be very dry. I’ve had a lot of shedding issues as a result this year. If you live in a cold climate, you’re probably also fighting off the winter to keep your reptile(s) happy, so just be careful and watch those spikes on your iguana especially. If they get too dry and don’t  come off when they are supposed to the old skin can will actually cut off the circulation to the tip (or entire) spike and kill it off.

To fight shedding issues you can do a few things.

#1 Daily misting. Once or even twice a day, give your iguana a mist. If there are spots with dead skin, give those some extra attention. You can help pull it off, just to be sensitive to what your iguana is feeling and don’t pull off anything that isn’t ready to come off!

#2 Keep a water bowl in the enclosure. You should have one in the enclosure already for drinking. Make sure it is always full and if there’s room, add something large enough for the iguana to soak in.

#3 Baths! Give your iguana a nice bath. If you can (mine used to hate the sound of the tub filling up), bring your iguana into the room as your are filling the bath. You could even leave the shower head on while your lizard is soaking. The extra humidity will be good for their skin.

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