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What do green iguanas eat?

Green iguanas often come to the vet for skin problems and malformations. In most cases, it happens because of poor diet.

Last update: December 24, 2019

Green iguanas are reptiles of orderSquamata. These animals are distinguished by the fact that their upper jaw is connected to their skull. This group also includes snakes, chameleons and other lizards.

Their natural habitat is in Central and South America, from Mexico to Brazil. They can also be found in Florida, where they are an invasive species.

Contrary to most reptiles they are green iguanas Herbivores, more precisely leaf-eater.

In captivity, these animals tend to have a very poor diet because it is simply not known which exact composition of nutrients is best for them. You only have individual data, but if you use them, you usually get good results.

How green iguanas feed in nature

Green iguanas living free in the wild feed mainly on the leaves of the trees on which they live. These leaves are their primary sources of fiber, protein, and calcium, three basic nutrients in iguanas' diets.

Green iguanas also eat Flowers. It is even believed that they make up to 25% of the daily food are who consume. It is common to give fruit to iguanas in captivity.

Wild iguanas however, eat only a small amount of fruit, around 3%since they just don't get it that often.

Forage for captive green iguanas

In order for green iguanas that live in terrariums to remain in good health, one should pay attention to various factors. On the contrary of carnivorous lizards they have to be fed every day.

The Food leftovers should be removed at night and their bowls should be rinsed out with hot water. Your diet should consist almost entirely of vegetables.

You also have to Calcium-phosphorus quotient know that the diet is receiving. It should be equal to or greater than 2: 1.

Below we give you a list of fruits and vegetables, ranging from the most ideal to the less acceptable types. Here we consider the quotient for a daily diet.

The best fruits and vegetables that take this quotient into account are:

  • Beet leaves
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Cabbage or white cabbage (the outer leaves)
  • coriander
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard (sprouts)
  • dandelion
  • Endive
  • Broccoli (leaves)
  • cress
  • Swiss chard
  • Cauliflower leaves
  • parsley
  • Beetroot leaves
  • papaya
  • Oranges
  • dry figs
  • Prickly pears

Fruits and vegetables with an acceptable calcium-phosphorus ratio:

  • avocado
  • garlic
  • Celery leaves
  • Persimmons
  • Strawberries
  • Mandarins
  • grapes
  • raw leek

Fruits and vegetables that should only be fed sporadically:

  • Apricots
  • zucchini
  • Cherries
  • Cinnamon apple
  • Dates
  • spinach
  • Soy leaves
  • green beans
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon
  • melon
  • carrot
  • mango

Other factors to consider

Except for his food the green iguana always needs a container with clean water. The water should be changed daily, as green iguanas, like other reptiles, often drain in it.

The feed should be given to them washed and chopped up to avoid injuries in the mouth. The diet of an iguana can also be supplemented with special dry food.

It is also important that Keep the terrarium at an average temperature of 30ÂșC, with some places with lower temperature. So the iguanas can calmly regulate their temperature.

Another important aspect is the amount of sun the animal gets. In summer you can put it in the sun for a while so that it can bathe in it directly, but never through the terrarium glass. If you take the animal out, you have to give it to him always a shadow area and a vessel with water provide.

In winter, the iguana then needs ultraviolet radiation from a lamp, which has a wavelength between 290 and 310 nanometers. Otherwise it cannot synthesize vitamin D3 and then has problems with calcium absorption, which can lead to death.

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