DIET RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Foods here are listed in order of calcium to phosphorous content (high to low). The ideal Calcium: Phosphorous ratio is 2:1. Foods are marked as good sources for vitamins as well. Some foods contain substances, which can be harmful if fed in large amounts; these foods are labeled in this list (see, food key).

Food Key:      OX = contains oxalic acid which can decrease calcium absorption in the intestines.

TH = contains substances which mimic thyroid hormone and can results in metabolic problems.

TA = contains tannins which can decrease absorption of other important nutrients if fed in excess

                        VT = vitamins

 DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: These items should be 50% of the total amount of food given at each feeding. Greens are good sources of vitamins A, E, K, C, and B complex. They also provide high levels of plant protien.

·         Collard Greens

·         Mustard Greens

·         Alfalfa Hay – VTB

·         Turnip Greens – TH

·         Brocoli Leaves – TH

·         Parsley

·         Coriander

·         Dandilion Leaves

·         Chinese Cabbage (Pak-choi, bok-choi) – TH

·         Beet Greens – OX

·         Carrot Tops

·         Kale – TH

·         Romiane Lettuce – TA

·         Red, Green Cabbage – TH

·         Spinach – OX, TA

·         Watercress

·         Endive

·         Swiss Chard – OX

·         Leeks

·         Escarole

·         Chives

·         Clover – VTB

·         Radish Tops

·        Alfalfa Sprouts – VTB

Other greens can be used but Ca:P may be less than 2:1

 VEGETABLES: These items should make up 25% of the daily ration. Many vegetables are less then ideal in Ca:P ratios but does supply an abundance of other nutrients.

·         Prickly Pear Cactus

·         Celery Leaves – OX, VTC

·         Green Beans – VTC

·         Turnips

·         Eggplant

·         Radishes

·         Okra

·         Brocoli – TH, VTC

·         Asparagus – VTC

·         Carrots – VTA, TA

·         Peppers – VTC

·         Cucumbers

·         Jicama

·         Beets – OX

·         Mushrooms – VTB

·         Parsnips

·         Potatoes – VTC

·         Peas

·         Squashes

·         Yams – VTA

·         Lima Beans

·         Brussel Sprouts – TH

·         Cauliflower – TH, VTB

·         Soybeans – VTK

BREADS AND GRAINS: These foods can be fed in limited amounts. Whole grain bread or pasta as occasional treats. Corn, Bulgar wheat, and rice can be added to the daily ration as 10% or less. These foods are good sources of vitamins B and E.

 PROTIENS: Iguanas do not need animal protien, they are vegetarians. Their intestines are not made to digest large amounts of protein or fat. The green leafy vegetables and beans provide much plant protien, more than enough to meet an iguana’s requirements.

 Do not feed meats, monkey chow, dog or cat food, cheese, mice, or insects on a regular basis.

 ·        Blackberries

·        Grapes – TA

·        Pears

·        Plums

·        Mulberries

·        Pineapple

·        Persimmion

·        Mango – VTA

·        Gooseberries

·        Currants

·        Melons – VTA, C

·        Raisns – VTB

·        Cranberries

·        Apricots – VTA

·        Strawberries – VTC

·        Bananas – TA

This list is not meant to be the only food source list for your Iguana. Many nutritious foods are not listed and can be used. Refer to the diet oveview paragraph for guidelines when using foods that are not included here.