Bathing an Iguana

Do you have a pet iguana? These guys may not be for everyone, but they do make cute, fun pets. Like any other pet, iguanas have specific grooming needs. Wild iguanas generally clean off by rubbing against trees or taking a dip in a pond. Pet ones will need regular baths in order to stay clean and healthy. A local Farmers Branch, TX vet offers some advice on this below.

Iggy’s Pool

Many people bathe their lizards in tubs. This is fine. You can also use a plastic storage tote or a wide, shallow plant tub. A kiddie pool will also work. If you bathe your reptilian friend outdoors, you’ll need to keep a close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t take off.


Be careful not to overfill the tub. The water shouldn’t be any deeper than your iguana’s chest. If your scaled buddy isn’t used to bathing, start with shallower water until he’s adjusted. (Note: Iggy may freak out at first, but be patient. Most iguanas generally come to love baths.)


Ideally, your pet’s bathwater should be about 85 to 90 degrees to start. You may need to add hot water to keep it warm. Iggy may get scared by the sound and movement of water coming from the faucet, so fill a pitcher from the sink instead.

Lizard Sitting

Once Iggy is settled into his bath, just sit back and let him relax. You’ll need to monitor your pet while he’s soaking. Although iguanas are great swimmers, they can still drown. Your lizard could be in serious trouble if the water gets too cold! He could also get frightened and thrash around.

Getting Out

Hang a towel or rubber mat over the side of the tub so Iggy can climb out when he’s done. Just secure it so it doesn’t slip!


You should never use soap on your pet lizard. However, if you notice any dirt or dead skin stuck on Iggy, gently remove it with a washcloth or a soft, toothbrush.

Cleaning Up

Most lizards relieve themselves in water. This actually makes things easier for you, as your scaled friend’s enclosure will stay cleaner. However, you’ll need to thoroughly clean and disinfect the tub each time Iggy uses it.

Please feel free to contact us, your local Farmers Branch, TX vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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