How to feed my iguana

During the last years, the interest to adopt exotic pets has increased remarkably. Among all these animals, the green iguana or common iguana has become a favorite for lovers of reptiles. However, for our animal to live comfortably and grow healthy and healthy, it is necessary to know how to feed an iguana and in .com we make it easy with the following tips.

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The iguana is an animal that can be very long-lived, with an average life expectancy of between 25 and 30 years. However, for the pet to celebrate all those birthdays, an adequate and well-balanced diet is essential, in addition to providing vitamin and mineral contributions that prevent us from having a sick iguana.


We can buy the accessories at any pet store. Now, at the time of establishing the menu it is important that we be clear that the green iguana, the most common in our terrariums, is a herbivorous animal and that its digestive system is not prepared to assimilate fats, dairy products, eggs or any product derived from animals. We could kill our pet.


When it comes to establishing your diet, it is best to divide your daily food ration into several intakes. Since it is a reptile that does not chew what it eats, splitting the food into small pieces will help it to swallow without problems. By the way, the iguana is very susceptible to the temperature of the food, rejecting what is not mildly tempered. It is also important that, at all times, the animal has fresh, clean water .


One of the most common diseases in the iguana is the Metabolic Bone Syndrome and to preserve it from it, it is best that our pet obtain its necessary contribution of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus . The vegetables with the highest content of these elements are escarole, lettuce (which is not iceberg, because it is not very substantial and also takes away the appetite), parsley, chard, cabbage, etc.


Vegetables such as zucchini, tomato, peppers or cucumber are also good to feed your iguana, and especially to your liking. We can complete the fan with some fresh fruits: melon, strawberries, apples, pears ... Of course, although you can take banana, you should do it in moderation because it contains high content of tannin and is harmful to the animal. Tannin also occurs in oxidized fruit, spinach and grapes. Citrus fruits are also strong for the digestion of the iguana.