Can my iguana eat, hosta leaves, bea balm, lilac leaves, daisy leaves, ?

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Answer by Dan
As far as i know, you shouldn’t really be feeding your Iguana any of those. Iguanas do need an entirely vegetable diet, though, but you need to be very very careful as to which foods you feed it and in what proportions. Iguanas need a Calcium to Phosphate ratio of about 2:1, with twice as much Calcium as Phosphate in their diet. You need to take this into consideration so as to avoid the development of Metabolic Bone Disease.

Good foods include: Watercress, Romaine lettuce, Collard greens, Mustard greens, Dandelions, Carrot, Strawberries, Blueberries, Turnip, Pumpkin, Squash, Yam, small amounts of Brown rice, Courgette (zuchini), Peas, Beans, Melon, Papaya and pomegranate.

What do you think?

One Response to “Can my iguana eat, hosta leaves, bea balm, lilac leaves, daisy leaves, ?”

  1. reptileparrots says:

    Here is a list of the greens that you should feed:

    Staple greens that can be fed daily.

    Alfalfa – called Lucerne in South Africa
    Turnip Greens
    Mustard Greens
    Collard Greens
    Watercress
    Dandelion – pesticide free
    Escarole
    Endive
    Nasturtium greens and flowers
    Hibiscus leaves and flowers

    Occasionally mix in with the staple greens: Do NOT feed daily.

    Bok Choy (high in goitrogens)
    Chicory
    Clover
    Kale (high in goitrogens)
    Beet Greens (high in Oxalates and Phytates)
    Swiss Chard (high in Oxalates and Phytates)
    Rocket
    Cabbage (high in goitrogens)
    Carrot Tops (high in Oxalates and Phytates)
    Spinach (high in Oxalates and Phytates)
    Parsley
    leeks

    Here is a link to the plants, veggies, fruits and treats that you can feed him as well; http://reptile-parrots.com/forums/showthread.php?124-Iguana-Diet

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