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List of Iguana Foods

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    List of Iguana Foods

    I wanna create a master list on the appropriate foods for Iguanas. I have a list of vegies i already use. I wanna see what others think about certain foods, rather than sites being unclear about what is safe or not. I've already looked at sites, so please share with me what you, the owners feed. Feel free to add or change my suggestions.

    Greens
    Collard Greens
    Mustard Greens
    Kale Greens
    Romaine Lettuce (rarely)
    Endive Greens
    Turnip Greens
    Escarole
    Arugula
    Watercress
    Alfalfa
    Bok Choy (rarely)

    Veggies/Herbs
    Leeks
    Green Onions
    Bell Peppers
    Squash (Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut)
    Carrots
    Sweet Potato (cooked)
    Parsnips
    Yucca Root
    Parsley
    Dill
    Basil
    Radicchio
    Celery Roots
    Peas
    Corn
    Snap Peas
    Green Beans
    Bean Sprouts
    Alfalfa Sprouts
    Clover Sprouts






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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    This seems like the best a list can get to me: Food Information Chart

    It tells you how often they should have the food, how to prepare it, and nutritional information on everything.
    I wish it included more vegetables, like radicchio and more herbs, but my guess is that those aren't things that should be fed often anyways. More toxic foods on the list would be helpful, but there are other resources for that.

    Corn should have a rarely/never next to it, sweet potato does not need to be cooked, kale should have rarely next to it, parsley should have rarely next to it...

    Is there something you don't like about the G.I.S. list?
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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    I see many sites using arugula as a staple though, and that's not on the g.i.s. list. About half of those sites that I've looked through have kale as a staple too though, which it shouldn't be.
    My guess is that arugula would be an occasional food.

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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    Your top 3 should be your staples,... collard, mustard, and turnip greens. That should comprise the majority of the diet.
    Kale, bok choy fed rarely if at all.
    Lettuce and celery have virtually no nutritional value. Thats why dieters eat a lot of it.

    Leeks and onions can cause stomach upset
    Carrots are a once in a while food and can be replaced with parsnips.
    Sweet potato should be grated and served raw, not cooked.
    Corn is nothing but a cheap filler and is virtually indigestable,... what goes in comes out.

    Your sprouts are also not nutritional. The only nutrition that they have is in the seed and that is used in the process of sprouting. It is only after growing in the sunshine for a while that they regain any nutritional value.
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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    I'd like to add dandelion greens and the flowers to the list. Some grocery stores carry the greens. If you feed you ig the flowers or greens from your yard make sure you haven't sprayed weed killer or fertilized the lawn!

    Papaya is another good fruit they can eat. My ig loves it! If I put papaya in his plate with greens and veggies he'll eat the papaya before he eats anything else. It's like candy to him.

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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    Id have to say some good info is from Merlin (In my opinon) or several other Ig owners ,(too many to list, sorry to all of you I didnt name) but Alot of us have many many yrs experience, so we should be able to help out.

    That being said Merlin I have a question that deals with topic,
    CORN, I have always thought it would impact them? Its only my theroy but still wonder about it? Isnt it some form of seed?

    Again I dont know so thought Id mention it.

    Nat & LaLA

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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    I've never heard of corn impactng them. Just not being worth feeding.
    Now we are talking about fresh corn not the dried seed corn that you feed to squirrels etc.
    Merlin,
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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    I will add to the list Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (sprinkled on the veggies/greens and moistened). I have noticed that my iggies will more likely eat their meal when in fussy mating mode if oats are sprinkled on it. They love it.
    Also sometimes alfalfa (rabbit pellets) moistened to break it down, and mixed with the greens.
    Bran or whole wheat bread - occasionally.
    Okra, finely chopped, is good for them too.

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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    I really don't see the point in reinventing the wheel.

    Asking owners to offer foods to a list is like asking people to list what they feed their children.

    The point of the "diet" lists is set a guideline for new owners to go by as they develop their iguana diet.

    And in the end, it will only end up in debate over different foods. For instance, I feed Kale as part of the regular diet. I have it on good authority and I clearly understand the specific reasons it is listed as a "restricted" food. But, if it is fed properly, in the right ratio, it is actually beneficial to the iguana and give you quite a lot of "bang for the buck".

    Instead of making lists, take the time to read all the different reputable information sites and begin to develop a personalized diet just for your iguana.
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    Re: List of Iguana Foods

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominick View Post
    I really don't see the point in reinventing the wheel.

    Asking owners to offer foods to a list is like asking people to list what they feed their children.

    The point of the "diet" lists is set a guideline for new owners to go by as they develop their iguana diet.

    And in the end, it will only end up in debate over different foods. For instance, I feed Kale as part of the regular diet. I have it on good authority and I clearly understand the specific reasons it is listed as a "restricted" food. But, if it is fed properly, in the right ratio, it is actually beneficial to the iguana and give you quite a lot of "bang for the buck".

    Instead of making lists, take the time to read all the different reputable information sites and begin to develop a personalized diet just for your iguana.
    I have to respectfully disagree. I DO agree that you need to go do research and look at the different guidelines and take it from there. BUT I really like seeing just a list of foods to give me ideas. Where I live we have limited access to produce and it can be hard to get a god variety. So when something unusual comes along, it's always like "hey, I wonder if Tito can eat that?" Or, if I see a list and someone mentions a certain food I might be like "oh, I never thought of giving him that." It is just a nice way to see different possibilities and options as far as specific foods go. Then, you take the list, your personal -research acquired- knowledge of proper diet and diet variety, ratios, etc, and go from there. I appreciate lists.

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