When thinking of what foods my iguana can eat to make it feel and look better. There are some things that you need to keep in mind. Make sure that your iguana is getting all of the nutrients they need. Remember that your iguana will pick through the food and only eat their favorite items if the food is not chopped small enough so that they are unable to distinguish a difference. The following includes some basic dietary needs for your iguana.

Best foods for an iguana to eat when it comes to health:

The ideal diet for an iguana should be 95% vegetable and 5% fruit. Keep in mind that iguanas are folivores, meaning that they eat foliage. There are many different types greens, fruits, flowers and vegetables that are healthy for your iguana. Some of the greens that may be used include collard, mustard and turnip. Avoid lettuce because it is lacking in minerals that are needed for a healthy diet. Also avoid spinach as it can cause calcium oxalate stones. Flowers include roses and carnations but be sure not to purchase any that have any artificial chemicals and colors. Vegetables that are healthy for your iguana include but, are not limited to, bell peppers, carrots, cooked sweet potato, and pea pods. The best fruits include grapes, mangoes, figs, papayas, and raspberries. The iguana should consume commercial cat or dog food as it may be high in vitamin D3 which can cause calcium deposits on internal organs which could result in death.

How can food make a difference?

Food can make a difference to your iguana in many ways. A diet that is not nutritious enough your iguana may not shed. An iguana that is healthy should shed every four to six weeks. Water tends to be a laxative for iguanas but is also necessary for bathing. They do need some for drinking but they require very little. Calcium is important to help prevent metabolic bone disease. Iguanas that are fed on a diet of cat or dog food will normally die around the age of six whereas the normal life expectancy of an iguana that has been fed a healthy diet will live to around fifteen years. When your iguana is pregnant, malnutrition may cause dystocia which can cause eggs not to drop. Dystocia may be treated with an injection of calcium or by surgery. Always be sure to consult your veterinarian for treatment options.

How iguanas interact with each other and you in relation to food:

Iguanas may throw food if they are unhappy with it or you. If there are multiple iguanas sharing the same food and water bowls one will stand in the bowl so that the others can not get to it. This is done as a way to assert dominance. One way to give your iguana some fun food is to put an edible plant in their aquarium. By doing this it gives your iguana a different way of getting their food.

References:

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-dept/avian-exotic-dept/reptile-breeding.aspx

http://www.anapsid.org/shedding.html#ig

http://www.petplace.com/reptiles/best-foods-to-feed-your-iguana/page1.aspx

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/steve.woodward/caresheet.html

http://www.anapsid.org/iguana/play.html

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