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RE: Feeding My Iguana

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Posted by: laurarfl at Sun Jul 13 07:21:54 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by laurarfl ]  
   

There are a few posts down below about feeding igs that you can browse through. All leaf lettuce is generally not used because although it has a high water content, it has little nutritional value. In short, it's like a filler.

Here's what I use:

Staple greens fed daily (I change it up for nutritional variety)
Collards, mustard, turnip greens. These cost me about $2-$3 a head at the store and I wash them, dry them, and put them away in a bowl to make them last.

Veggies added to the greens:
yellow squash, zucchini, sweet potato, green beans, peas

Fruit:
I'll try anything I have on hand, his faves are blueberries, bananas, mango, cantaloupe, grapes. Doesn't like peaches or strawberries.

I look as his food bowl like an ice cream sundae. The greens are like a double scoop of ice cream, so I put the most in the bottom. Veggies are like whipped cream, so they go on top, and fruit is like the cherry. I guess percentage proportions would be like 70/20/10.

It's more of an art. Somedays I just feed greens since they are the staple. One day I had an abundance of yellow squash and all the lizards ate yellow squash that day. Once in a while if I have leftover fruit, he might get extra banana. I just try to keep changing it up so he gets a variety of nutrients. If I feed collards one week, then I'll switch to turnips the next. I try not to feed the same fruit two days in a row. Some days there is no fruit.

It seems to have worked for us...my little ig had some health problems and was underweight at 45g (that's tiny!) when he should have been 90g. I weighed him last week, 3 months later, and he's 185g. So he's been healing and growing on that diet, along with a lot of fresh sunshine!


   

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