Cost of feeding your iguana?

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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Scott Maxel » Sat, 24 Jul 1993 22:11:14




says:

Quote:

>Someone posted local notice today about the sale of his/her
>4-year old iguana.  It stated:

>    He or she is a vegetarian, costs about two to
>    four dollars a month to feed, and can be hand fed.

>I don't know about most iguana owners, but I'd say that I put
>at least $10-20 a month into feeding my iguana, who is, I'm
>estimating, about 1.5 years old.  I could proably cut this to

>I assume that my costs will increase as the ig matures into
>***hood.  My question: How much food does your *** iguana
>eat and what is the monthly cost?

     I'm surprised the iguana lived to be four years old if this
person is feeding it for $4 a month. For my three iguanas I easily
spend $6-$7 a week. One is a 47" male that easily cleans out a large
dog food bowl before the end of the day. I may have to start feeding
him twice a day and buying food twice a week soon! I have two smaller
females that eat about 1/3 as much as the male. I hope someone will
buy this iguana - take it out of the hands of an obvious neophyte
who doesn't feel the need to find out the nutritional requirements of
his pet.

    Doesn't it***you off when people buy a pet and don't bother
to do any research on what they need for food/environment first -
or even after? Jeez, that annoys the hell out of me...

    I recently had the distinct pleasure of helping a budding
iguana keeper with the setup and purchase of an iguana. His mother
brought him over and I went over all of the information that I could
think of to get him started. His mother called me this morning - I
guess I am now his god ;) and he won't listen to anything his mother
says about getting his tank and heat lamps set up. Highly amusing.
I expect more calls - the kid talked my ear off last time...

    Oops.... another one of those rambling on posts....



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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Jim Welleh » Sun, 25 Jul 1993 02:01:17


Some suggested free dietary supplements.  Dandelion greens (high in
calcium) and flowers, clover, and wood sorrel are all ig favorites.
They can be found right on your lawn (if you [or your neighbors] are
not stupid enough to use chemicals on it).

Jim

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by William Fish » Sun, 25 Jul 1993 01:12:10


Quote:
>I feed my ig an assortment of spinach, kale, cabbage,
>broccoli, avocado, cantaloupe, apples, and green onions,

           ^
           I have heard that avocado can be toxic to reptiles, futher
           the the toxic effects can build up.  It is also high in
           fat.  I won't feed my igs avocado.

Quote:
>which he loves.  I occasionally will give him low-fat soft
>dog food, which he also loves, but which I limit.  I tend to
>throw in some other greens, which he doesn't eat, but I put
>out anyway since his tastes change every few months and he
>might take a liking to them (for instance, in the winter, he
>would eat no fruits whatsoever, now he does).

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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Scott Maxel » Sun, 25 Jul 1993 20:30:38



(Jim Wellehan) says:

Quote:

>Some suggested free dietary supplements.  Dandelion greens (high in
>calcium) and flowers, clover, and wood sorrel are all ig favorites.
>They can be found right on your lawn (if you [or your neighbors] are
>not stupid enough to use chemicals on it).

>Jim

    Note:
    You need to wash greens _very_ carefully if you do this - esp. if
you live by a road that gets a lot of traffic. The plants pick up a
lot of residue from the exhaust of passing cars...



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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Jim Welleh » Wed, 28 Jul 1993 02:38:29



Quote:

>     You need to wash greens _very_ carefully if you do this - esp. if
> you live by a road that gets a lot of traffic. The plants pick up a
> lot of residue from the exhaust of passing cars...

-Yet another reason for everyone to stop driving around in their damned
cars all the time. They're much more dangerous than venomous snakes.
;-)  (I live on a dirt road in rural Vermont and still bike to work
every day.)

Jim

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by tmrob.. » Wed, 28 Jul 1993 05:00:03


Quote:

> Someone posted local notice today about the sale of his/her
> 4-year old iguana.  It stated:

>    He or she is a vegetarian, costs about two to
>    four dollars a month to feed, and can be hand fed.

> I don't know about most iguana owners, but I'd say that I put
> at least $10-20 a month into feeding my iguana, who is, I'm
> estimating, about 1.5 years old.  I could proably cut this to
> $8-15 if I shopped at our local "strip" district, where

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> __________________________________________________
> Barbara Zayas, Writer/Editor II

YIKES!  $10-$20 a month???  Geez, I must be doing something wrong.
I give my Ig several different types of veggies, tofu and a smattering
of dog food every month for about $5, and that's from the local
Safeway.

veggies (kale, broccoli, collards, mustards, peas, green beans,
cabbage, three or four from the list a month): ~$3.00

tofu: $1.29

dog food: $.79/can

TOTAL: $5.08

It's probably less since the tofu lasts more than a month.

My Ig by the way is about 8 months old (~9" SVL).

Are you feeding your Ig, like, caviar and Norwegian herring? ;^)

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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Scott Maxel » Wed, 28 Jul 1993 21:38:05


Quote:
>YIKES!  $10-$20 a month???  Geez, I must be doing something wrong.
>I give my Ig several different types of veggies, tofu and a smattering
>of dog food every month for about $5, and that's from the local
>Safeway.

>veggies (kale, broccoli, collards, mustards, peas, green beans,
>cabbage, three or four from the list a month): ~$3.00

>tofu: $1.29

>dog food: $.79/can

>TOTAL: $5.08
>It's probably less since the tofu lasts more than a month.
>My Ig by the way is about 8 months old (~9" SVL).
>Are you feeding your Ig, like, caviar and Norwegian herring? ;^)

     I put ~80% of the veggies I buy into my 16" svl male iguana
and the rest goes to two smaller females (9" svl and 7" svl).
I buy three bags of leafy veggies (the usual variety) - the bags
are all over 1 lb and are gone in less than a week. I feed tofu to
them, but wouldn't keep it longer than maybe 2 weeks tho. With the
other fruits and whatever, I can't spend less than $6 or so.

     ~$6 x .80 -> $4.80  per week for the large iguana.
     ~$6 x .20 -> $1.20  per week for two small iguanas.

    No matter how small the iguana is and how little it eats, there has
to be a lower limit to give it a varied diet. I would put that at about
$4 a week for what I pay for food around here.

    I've spent $8 on ig food since last thursday, and I have
to go get some more tomorrow. This is starting to get expensive... :7



 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Whitworth, Kathr » Fri, 30 Jul 1993 00:30:26


Quote:

>    No matter how small the iguana is and how little it eats, there has
>to be a lower limit to give it a varied diet. I would put that at about
>$4 a week for what I pay for food around here.

I've had good luck going to supermarkets and saying, "Hi!  I have an iguana
who needs a varied diet of greens.  Do you have any you're throwing out that
I could buy cheap?"  Response I usually get is, "We put them in the back,
just help yourself."  Pickings vary, but I can usually find a few leaves of
this, that, and the other; maybe a squash with one bruised end; or a piece
of fruit that's got a bruise.  I cut/tear off the bad parts, make sure that
I'd be willing to eat what is left, and give it to Emilio.

I've seen stuff they're throwing out that's better than what I had in my
refrigerator at that exact moment . . .

Some places (they tell me) make a habit of giving their discarded greens to
livestock owners.

The markets I've used are the health-food type, but I would not hesitate
asking at a big place.  Worse that can happen is they say "No" (and look at
me as if I'm weird, but I'm used to that:  I *am* weird, and proud of
it . . .  8-)  )

Best,
Kathryn Roth Whitworth

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Jennifer E. Swoffor » Fri, 30 Jul 1993 05:14:50


Hello Barbara and the rest of rph!

Well, my parents are currently iguana-sitting until I get done moving,
so it's been a while since I've fed them.  But I'll do my best to recall
the things I bought.  :)

Starting from scratch, I buy a bag of carrots, three cucumbers, three
squashes (zucchini or yellow squash,) a bunch of broccoli, three apples,
a bunch of sprouts, and a bunch of bananas (I eat most of the bananas,
though,) for sure.  Every couple of trips to the store I'll get kale or
romaine lettuce, but the iguanas LOVE those green leafy veggies and will
eat nothing BUT green leafy veggies if I offer them!  Depending on where
I go, I'll get different things - if I go to a place with a salad bar
I'll get radishes, grated cheese, and hard-boiled eggs, for example.
But the above foods are their staple foods.  (Along with vitamin and
calcium supplements and OCCASIONAL cat or dog food.  But I only give
them the cat/dog food because they love it.)

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm feeding three iguanas!  One is about
2.5 years old and 2.5 feet long, another is about 1.5 years old and 2.25
feet long, and the other is probably a little less than 1 year old and
almost 2 feet long.  (Those young ones have magnificent tails!)  But
I'll tell ya, I'm buying all that stuff for them about least once a
week.  The cost really adds up!  I'm spending almost as much per week
per iguana than the "culprit" might spend in a month.  I admit, I'm not
a budget-type shopper - I don't look for sales or go to stores that are
cheaper - I go to the store that is closest to me and buy what I want
when I want it and not when it's on sale.  (I'm way too lazy to venture
all the way out into the strip district!)  So I might not be getting
good deals.  And I eat most of the bananas, and I eat a few of the
carrots, and a bit of it goes to waste, like the broccoli (that's a LOT
of broccoli!) and sometimes the ends of the cucumbers or squashes.  

I feed them every day, and they're always absolutely ravenous!  I have
this reputation for owning FAT lizards!  They all eat a ton.  Anyways,
SUMMING UP, I probably spend about $6 a week on feeding three iguanas.
(Breakdown available upon request!)

Anyways, I don't really wish to condemn this person - maybe the iguana
just doesn't eat a lot - maybe veggies are cheaper there.  But I do
think that maybe a wider variety of foods are in order, and I don't
think that 4 year old iguanas need cat or dog food anymore.  And I dunno
about the $300 price being too outrageous- I don't remember but I think
it included an awful lot of stuff - I think that a pet store would
charge about $200 for a 4 year old iguana alone.  Of course, pet store
prices can be exhorbinanat.  BUT - that's not the point.  The point is,
I'm going broke because of my iguanas!  :)  (Just kidding!)  Hope I
helped!

-------------------------------------------------------
Jennifer E. Swofford    

Mellon College of Science
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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by !ri » Fri, 30 Jul 1993 07:29:51


Though I do not own an iguana, I do consume fresh produce myself, and I can vogue
for the fact that produce prices vary wildly accross the US. I was shocked at the
price of fresh vegetables at the standard markets here in Boston, not to mention
the lack of quality. I have been to small co-ops, etc. and found decent,
reasonably priced greens, etc., but they are more difficult to access than the
chain supermarkets.

Now, I am not some demanding shopper from CA or FL used to straight-from-the-bush
stuff. I am from Wisconsin, which is terribly far from prodice production sites,
esp. in winter. (Summer we get awesome sweet corn!) Frankly, I was used to
getting fairly high quality from the Kohl's (chain) accross the street.

So much  for flammage. The point is, the varying prices we hear could be in some
part due to actual price differences in the strores, not under- or over-feeding.

=rachel emily=

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Bryan Mo » Tue, 03 Aug 1993 12:12:00


SM>>YIKES!  $10-$20 a month???  Geez, I must be doing something wrong.
SM>>I give my Ig several different types of veggies, tofu and a

SM>    I've spent $8 on ig food since last thursday, and I have
SM>to go get some more tomorrow. This is starting to get expensive... :7

All you people who are complaining about the cost of feeding. You are
making me jealous! I spend over $100 every two weeks feeding my snakes.




                               ------
                         Tax    $8.86
                       Total  $116.26

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by SANG SH » Wed, 04 Aug 1993 01:00:12


Quote:

>SM>>YIKES!  $10-$20 a month???  Geez, I must be doing something wrong.
>SM>>I give my Ig several different types of veggies, tofu and a

>SM>    I've spent $8 on ig food since last thursday, and I have
>SM>to go get some more tomorrow. This is starting to get expensive... :7

>All you people who are complaining about the cost of feeding. You are
>making me jealous! I spend over $100 every two weeks feeding my snakes.




>                               ------
>                         Tax    $8.86
>                       Total  $116.26

Just curious, how many of what are you raising?

sang

:)

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Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by John David Auw » Wed, 04 Aug 1993 01:29:42


Here's what I'm feeding my iguana for the next 2 weeks:

        1 bag of delux spinich          $1.99
        1 bunch mustard greens          $ .89
        2 mangos                        $1.00
        1 bunch bananas                 $2.00
        1 cup soaked purina 1 dog food  $ .25
        14 pinches of Reptical          $ .05
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        Total                           $6.18

I switch around and feed different things (from the foods listed in the
_Green_Iguana_Manual_) on a two week cycle.  But I never spend more than
$15/month on iguana food.  I believe that my iguana is being fed a healthy
diet, according to the book.  He is growing fast, is healthy and active, and
has great color.

Dave

 
 
 

Cost of feeding your iguana?

Post by Anthony A. Dat » Wed, 04 Aug 1993 01:59:44


Man, I *wish* I could find them that cheap.  I have to pay >$5 for them here
in Hell.

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