Creative Ideas for Iguana Cage Decorations
Creating a functional habitat for your iguana can be a daunting task in and of itself, let alone finding decorations that won’t harm your pet or block your eager eyes from watching their every move. Decorating your iguana’s cage can be as easy as buying a few plants online or as time-consuming as hand building custom rock features and everything in between. Whether you’re up for the work or just want a few quick ideas, I’ve got it covered.
I’ve spent countless hour browsing iguana cage decor, watching videos & just mulling over the possibilities for designing and decorating the perfect cage. My current list of items and ideas is almost overwhelming and I can’t wait to share with you!
Creating a Functional Iguana Enclosure
Since the topic of this post is centered around cage decor, I’m going to assume you already have a cage and a wonderful pet iguana in your possession. You’re most likely aware of your pet’s needs, such as a large, screen cage, UVB & basking light, food & water dishes, litter box (optional) and a nice multilevel system that allows your iguana to move from the top of your cage to the bottom. If not, please consider learning the basics first!
The idea of decorating your iguana’s cage revolves around the functional setup. Since a multilevel habitat is required, so are ladders. Your pet needs a way to get from top to bottom. No, this doesn’t mean you have to use actual ladders (although you could). Many iguana cages make use of beautiful logs and branches, carefully slanted across the cage. This gives your iguana a way to move up and down and can also serve as a nice way to decorate your cage.
The items you need to make your iguana’s habitat functional can serve as decorations.
- Food & water bowls
Use these items as decorations too, then add some complimentary decorations. Listed below you will find ideas for decorating these items as well as many additional items you can add to make your iguana cage look good.
Climbing & Ladder Decor
If you’ve spent any time searching google images for decor ideas, you’ll quickly notice there are two or three ways for achieving a multilevel system. Actual ladders, ramps or branches connected to platforms for climbing and basking. They all serve the same purpose and depending on the style you’re going for, you can find really good options.
Branches, Logs & Vines
Branches designed for reptile usage is one of the best looking decorations you can use for a multilevel habitat. These can be found online and they often come with multiple logs or branches in one pack. Lean them from one side of the cage to the other or use the branches to connect the different leveled platforms for a natural look.
If you choose to go with a natural look using the branch decor, I suggest using some realistic vines. They’re cost next to nothing and will make your iguana’s cage look amazing!
A ladder is one you see many iguana owners using. You can, with a little ingenuity, build your own. However, if you don’t have the time or know-how, you can find them online for really cheap.
Bonus Ramp / Decor Idea
As I mentioned earlier; I’ve spent a good amount of time researching iguana cage decor and somewhere along the way I stumbled a picture of an iguana basking on a rock which is leaned against one side of the tank. Iguanas are more likely to bask on a platform or hammock at the top of their cage but that doesn’t have to stop you from using a fake rock or basking rock as a ramp or decoration. You can find these online or at your local pet store.
Platform Decor & Hammocks
We’ve already established your iguana’s need to move from the bottom of the cage to the top, hence the whole ladder/ramp and climbing section. Next on the list are platforms; the lounging areas in between various ramps that ultimately lead to the top. Creating 2 – 3 platforms at different elevations in the enclosure allows your iguana to bask in the different temperature zones.
I’ll go ahead and state the obvious; Use platforms as a means to decorate their cage. Most keepers tend to place an ordinary piece of plywood half way up their pet’s enclosure and call it good. Sure, it gets the job done but it doesn’t look fantastic. Below I’ve listed a few ideas that can liven up your iguana’s basking areas!
Fake Rock Platforms
Creating your own fake rock platform is easier than you think. The outcome, depending on your overall craftsmanship, can result in the focal point of the entire cage (second to your pet iguana, that is). Here are a few examples of what crafty lizard keeper from across the internet have made and shared online.
All you need is styrofoam, grout mix, cement color, expanding foam, satin sealer, a few tools and several hours of free time. You start by drawing a simple blueprint or, if you’re like me, you can just “wing it”. Cut and shape the styrofoam and build the shape you want.
Next, use the foam to fill the gaps then grout the whole thing. Paint it, seal it, etc. There is an entire tutorial on this topic that simply doesn’t fit into the parameter of this post. I did, however, find a great tutorial on Instructables and you can learn more by clicking here.
You can make a fancy skull like this person did. Or perhaps you want to keep it simple and only make a fake rocky substrate.
I can’t help but imagine all the possibilities. You would, however, need to ensure the stability is enough to hold the weight of your iguana. And by no means do I think this will be an easy task. Iguana cages, as you well-know, are tall. So creating fake rock platforms for the whole cage would be a monumental task!
You may not consider a hammock a piece of decor or even an essential item for your iguana’s enclosure but I would urge you to reconsider. A hammock is another type of platform your pet can utilize for moving from one space to another or simply basking.
While I don’t suggest you go out and buy the first lizard hammock you find online, I would suggest putting some thought into creating a decorative hammock for yourself. The hammocks you find online or at your local pet store are usually small. A young iguana may fit into one nicely but they’re generally used for smaller species like bearded dragons.
Reptile cage backgrounds are most suitable for smaller tanks and terrariums but you shouldn’t rule out this option. There are a few options available for background if you’re interested. The first and foremost is exactly what you would expect for a cage backdrop; some random stock photo of a picturesque sunset over a desert, a waterfall or whatever; you name it.
As I mentioned earlier, this option is more doable in small tanks and terrariums. The smaller the cage, the smaller the picture and ultimately the less money you have to spend to buy one. While looking at these backgrounds I remembered a gift I got my wife several years ago. She happens to be a photographer and many photographers take indoor pictures. Because they’re inside, a backdrop is needed. You’ve probably seen or even taken part in those old family photos that make use of generic pictures printed on large canvases.
They’re still used today but the good thing is, there are way more options available now. You’re no longer limited to cheesy pictures of a sunset. You can find just about anything you can imagine and I would even wager you can get them custom made. Here is a set of backdrops I found on amazon.
The best part is, they don’t cost a whole lot and they’re probably big enough to cover the entire background of your iguana’s cage!
Bonus Background Idea
My final idea for decorating the background of your iguana’s cage is a collage. I wasn’t able to find an example of this idea online although I’m sure it has been done before. A collage of personal pictures is a background your iguana could care less about but it might be meaningful to you. Be sure you cover it with a reptile-friendly sealant to ensure the safety of your pet!
Decorate outside of your Iguana’s cage
It may sound simple but decorating the outside of your iguana’s cage is much easier said than done. Mainly because there is a good chance you custom built your iguana’s enclosure and making changes to it now will render it useless or place your iguana in harm’s way. If that’s your case, you should skip over this first idea and head straight to #2.
This tip is more useful for someone who is yet to build their cage. The idea listed below involve the use of chemicals that, when applied, emit a dangerous odor that can be harmful to your pet (and you) without proper ventilation.
If you haven’t already guessed it, painting or staining your enclosure can do wonders for the overall appearance of your iguana cage. I’ve seen so many wooden cages left bare. That’s fine if you’re going for something simple but if you really want to make your iguana’s enclosure stand out, start by actually finishing the frame and putting a nice color of paint or stain on it.
And when you’ve finished putting on a fresh coat of paint, I suggest surrounding the cage with decorative plants. While they’re obviously not inside the cage, it definitely adds that extra touch to the whole environment.
Take this cage for example (pictured above). The enclosure is outside and crafted entirely from white PVC pipe. Whether you like the appearance of the cage or not, the plants surrounding make it more visually appealing.
Summary for Decorating Your Iguana’s Cage
Decorating your iguana’s cage doesn’t have to consist of buying fake plants and trees. Think outside of the box and come up with some ideas and utilize the ideas you found here! But before you get too far ahead of yourself, do some research on the material you’re using to ensure its all pet-friendly. The last thing you want to happen is to spend hours decorating a cage only to find out the materials you used are hurting your beloved iguana.
Remember to utilize the space wisely by decorating the items the cage requires:
- Ramps, ladders & climbing items
- Platforms & Basking Areas
- Food & Water Bowls
Finally, find a good way to tie it all together by adding small decorations. Customize the background using backdrops, add plants and vines, order custom food & water bowls, decorate the outside of their cage to compliment the inside and much more. I genuinely hope this post has helped you form some ideas for decorating. I worked really hard researching and writing this post! If you found it helpful, please consider sharing it on social media. Thank you!