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Post by Godiva » Thu, 27 Jun 2002 08:28:30

Greens (40%-50% of the daily mixture):
Mustard Greens - Collard Greens - Dandelion Greens - Turnip Greens - Rapini -
Mulberry Leaves - Grape Leaves - Hibiscus - Escarole (outer, dark green leaves
only - do not feed pale, bleached leaves).

Vegetables (40%):
Green Beans - Peas - Turnip - Rutabaga - Parsnip - Butternut Squash - Acorn
Squash - Sweet Potato - Zucchini - Carrot - Lima Beans - Cassava - Jicama -

Fruit and Flowers (10-20%):
Papaya - Pear - Strawberries - Raspberries - Mango - Grapes - Apricot - Peach -
Cantaloupe - Casaba and Honeydew Melon - Kiwi - Figs - Nasturtium - Hibiscus -
Rose Petals (no pesticides)

Occasional Foods and Treats (10%):
Kale - Parsley - Beets/Beet Greens - Banana - Apple - Rose Petals - Spinach -
Pasta - Bok Choy - Broccoli - Cauliflower
Do not feed your iguana large quantities of broccoli flowerettes, corn,
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, bananas, grapes, carrot, or tomatoes because they
contain higher amounts of phosphorous, oxylates, phytates and other components
that can hamper your iguana's healthy growth processes.

Tear, chop and grate food into very small pieces and mix together. Sprinkle a
pinch of reptile vitamin and calcium on a small amount of chopped veggies and
mix well. Put the supplemented food on top to ensure your pet eats the
vitamins. Do not over-supplement (twice a week for young iguanas - hatchlings
to 2 years old, once a week for juveniles and ***s - 2+ years and older).
Feed your iguana a balanced, varied diet EVERY day, not every other day as some
books suggest. And try to avoid feeding defrosted, frozen vegetables as much as
possible. Frozen, pre-packaged vegetables lose much of their vitamin content in
the freezing/storage process. Feed only frozen (defrosted, room-temperature)
peas and lima beans as a protein source but all other vegetables should be
purchased fresh from the market or grown in the garden. Prepared iguana food
and frozen vegetable mixes do not contain the necessary nutrients for a healthy
iguana diet.
Remember to wash all edibles thoroughly and never feed any plant material that
has been previously sprayed with insecticide. Always offer your iguana fresh
water to drink.