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Iguanas – Green Iguana and Feeding

(Last Updated On: 25/10/2017)

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The Green Iguana is one of the most common Iguana lizard found in the world. These lizards are highly recommended to be kept as pets and so they make excellent lizards pets, especially for amateurs since they are not aggressive.

Iguanas are large herbivorous lizards and so they are supposed to be fed greens only which include different leafy vegetables, vegetables and fruits. Special care of their diet should be taken. Iguanas love having vegetables and fruits, though they may eat and enjoy any other food but the owner should be careful not to feed them anything else except for their diet as any junk food may cause kidney or renal failure.

What to feed and timings

Iguanas should be fed different vegetables such as salad leaves, carrots, yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, cucumbers, yams, squash, and in fruits, grapes, oranges, berries, apples, and other can be given all together, just like we would make fruit and vegetable salad for ourselves. Iguanas need a good amount of calcium, vitamins, and proteins and phosphorous, if they are fed well then they might not need any supplements, however before owner gives these supplements to its pet Iguana, it’s better to confront a vet first. The owner should chop all fruits, leaves and vegetables according to the bite size of Iguana and make sure the food is colorful and fresh, this will quickly attract your iguana and it will eat with a happy stomach. Iguanas should be fed twice in a day, daily. Fresh food and water must be present for them. Iguanas should be fed early in the morning, this helps them digest their food early in the morning, the second meal should be given in the late evening but not during your dinner time or when Iguana is about to sleep, this way Iguana might feel heavy and won’t be able to digest properly.

What not to feed:

  • Do not feed your Iguana meat or any dog or cat food. Iguanas are strict herbivores and their digestive system cannot process any meat proteins, they may die from kidney failure.
  • Do not feed your Iguana Parsley or Spinach. Though there is no doubt that they are leafy vegetables but they have oxalates present in them which can bind calcium. Calcium helps Iguana to grow strong.
  • Feeding Broccoli and Kale can cause thyroid problems in Iguana because they contain Goitrogens.  They should be fed in minimum quantity, once or twice in a month.
  • Tofu should be fed once or twice in a month because this food has a high amount of fat.
  • Do not feed your Iguana or any reptile pet with UVB drops o solar drops because they are just scams and have no nutritional value for reptiles. They have ingredients present in them which cannot be digested by iguanas; not only you will waste your money but also endanger your pet’s life.
  • There are commercial foods available in the market for Iguanas; though they might sound good to you for saving you the trouble of making Green Iguana food every day and chopping them up, however these commercial foods have no nutritional value.


Originally posted 2013-05-05 21:01:38.

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