Feeding Tofu to Iguanas.

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Feeding Tofu to Iguanas.

Post by Alex Bochann » Wed, 25 Jan 1995 17:31:11



Posting for my girlfriend. Please respond directly to

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My vet recommended soaked monkey biscuits to supplement my iguana's
diet as a protein source. She doesn't exactly relish them, and they
dry up in no time. However, an employee at a pet store which has some
healthy looking critters recommends tofu - which my iguana loves. Any
harm to feeding them tofu? (knowing of course how quickly it goes bad)

Thanks,
Caroline

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Post by Weidenbach Jason L » Fri, 27 Jan 1995 01:42:05


Quote:

>Posting for my girlfriend. Please respond directly to

>P.S.: Is this group relayed into a mailing list that she can subscribe
>      to?
>My vet recommended soaked monkey biscuits to supplement my iguana's
>diet as a protein source. She doesn't exactly relish them, and they
>dry up in no time. However, an employee at a pet store which has some
>healthy looking critters recommends tofu - which my iguana loves. Any
>harm to feeding them tofu? (knowing of course how quickly it goes bad)

Caroline,

Nope, NO tofu, NO monkey chow, No dog food.  Just feed veggies, and fruit.

Jay W.

 
 
 

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Post by John Varne » Thu, 02 Feb 1995 00:23:27


Quote:
> Nope, NO tofu, NO monkey chow, No dog food.  Just feed veggies, and fruit.

   Not quite... an Iguana's diet should consist of about 5% Protien
  and 95% Vegies.  The Iguana NEEDS this protien, although too much
  can cause the animals problems.... there is your ratio...


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Post by the E » Thu, 02 Feb 1995 02:09:54


No, lets get this correct. Repeat after me:

Tofu contains only vegetable protein.
Monkey Biscuits, Dog Food, Crickets, pinkies, are (contain) animal protein.

You want to watch that your level of ANIMAL protein does not exceed
20% for those under 3 years and 5-10% thereafter. There are
apparenlty population whose diet consists substantially of
items some 60% vegetable protein.

Mellissa may be able to send me packing on this, but I'm willing
to take the risk :)

Jim
J. Graham

 
 
 

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Post by DYNAMOHM » Sat, 04 Feb 1995 14:27:18


Lets face it diet is a question that cannot be answered with a care
sheet!! no one Knows the exact requirements of iggys ,  follow the leaders
i.e. Mellissa for now but keep reading and learnig and trying your own
way... and keep records!!
 
 
 

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Post by the E » Sat, 04 Feb 1995 22:46:55


Actually Tofu is used as a "low-fat" replacement for dairy products
in many recipes.

JIm
J. Graham
Biology Department

 
 
 

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Post by jojo » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 04:42:59


I was given one of these as a Valentine's present.  She's beautiful,
about a foot and a half, and just under 2 years old.  Anyway, I know
nothing of these and i would like to be barraged (sp?) with information
about them.  That's if they are really even called that.  B.T.W she's a
meat-eater--a small mouse every 4 days or so.

Thanx


 
 
 

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Post by Mike F » Fri, 10 Feb 1995 10:45:18


There is really not a lot of great info available on spiny-tailed iguanas
in captivity.  I found one roaming 'wild' in a parkinglot in Minneapolis,
MN last summer so came to be the proud owner of a Ctenosarus similis.  I
have had a hard time finding much info on captive animals.  I do have
quite a lot of info on wild animals. . .

There are MANY species and supspecies of 'spiny-tailed' iguanas.  You
should try to find out what you have.  If it is dark grey with lateral
'stripes' of tan by the shoulders, it is probably a Cten. simils.

ALL of the literature I have read indicates that they are to be cared for
much like an Iguana iguana, with a couple exceptions.  Ctens do like, and
will tolerate a little more meat protein in their diets.  So an
occassional mouse is probably OK.  Henry Fitch from University of Nebraska
who has studied them in the field quite a lot says that they are primarily
herbivors, though.  Mine eats LOTS of greens, beans, pea pods etc. . .a
little dog food.  It is thriving and growing well.  This is great, since
it had a pretty advanced case of MBD when I trapped it.

Ctens also like warm temps.  They will take a baking site temp of up to
105.  But I keep mine just under 100.  They are much more terrestrial than
I. iguana.  They like to burrow and will spend much of their time in a
hide box or shelter.

Oh ya, they also tend to bite a lot more than green igs.  And they can run
like the wind!  And they can wedge themselves into the smallest little
cracks!  So be careful!

Good luck!

Mike

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Quote:

> I was given one of these as a Valentine's present.  She's beautiful,
> about a foot and a half, and just under 2 years old.  Anyway, I know
> nothing of these and i would like to be barraged (sp?) with information
> about them.  That's if they are really even called that.  B.T.W she's a
> meat-eater--a small mouse every 4 days or so.

> Thanx



 
 
 

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Post by Torrey T. Lyo » Sat, 11 Feb 1995 11:07:42



Quote:

>I was given one of these as a Valentine's present.  She's beautiful,
>about a foot and a half, and just under 2 years old.  Anyway, I know
>nothing of these and i would like to be barraged (sp?) with information
>about them.  That's if they are really even called that.  B.T.W she's a
>meat-eater--a small mouse every 4 days or so.

Your lizard is in all probability "Ctenosaura similis", the most common
(in the pet trade) type of spiny-tailed iguana.  Care for these is very
similiar to that for green iguanas with two notable exceptions:

1.  They are omnivours and need some amount of meat when they are young.  At
the age yours is at it could eat a primarily vegitarian diet.  You should
encourage it to eat more vegatable matter over time, although it will
always prefer meat.  The dangers of excess meat consumption in older spiny
tails is the same as in green iguanas:  a shortened life span.

2.  They do not require as much humidity as green iguanas making them
much easier to keep.  40% RH is fine, which is typical inside homes in
much of the US.

Good luck with you new friend.  Some people report that spiny tails are
meaner than green iguanas, but there are exceptions and they improve with
handling.  Have fun.

                                        --Torrey