Feeding/Food items

Feeding/Food items

Feeding.


All my iguanas get fresh food every day, normally in the morning. Their food is mainly leafy greens like plantain and dandelion. A normal feeding contain about 10 different items, one of the items are normally some kind of fruit. They get so much food so a little is always left, that way im sure they get enough.

  I do not normally feed insects to my adult iguanas(i know other people do), the reason why I don't is that I have never seen any proof that fiji iguanas eat insects in the wild. But I have read documents and zoo info that say they are 100% herbivore.

I do give my adults a dubia as a snack, it happens about once every 2 months. Females that have just laid eggs, I normally give a few dubias, and some water.


As for my babies, they get insects about 1 time a week for the first 4-5 months.


I do not use a suppliment during the summer because the iguanas get everything they need from the plants I use for there food.  It can be hard to find enough calcium rich plants during winter, and not all iguanas will eat food dusted with calcium powder.

I have been testing another way of giving calcium to my iguanas when they need it. I have been using crushed eggshell's with very good results.


 

Here is a list of the most common used plants and fruits I use for my iguanas. The nutrition info can be found on the sub pages.




veggies

(about 95% of the diet together with the herbs)

Ground elder

Clover

Grape leaves

Plantain

Hibiscus

Nasturtium

Dandelion

Blackberry leaf

Alfalfa

Canola

Beech leaves

sunflower sprouts

String beans/ green beans

Squash

Butter squash

Rocket

Romaine lettuce

Carrots

Hokkaido pumpkin

Spaghetti squash

Kangkong

Napa cabbage

Pak choy

Perilla

Betel leaves

Stining nettle

White dead nettle



Herbs


Basil

Oregano

Mint

Chervil

Lemon balm

Thyme

Dill

Sage



Fruits

(about 5% of the diet)

Apple

Pear

Grapes

Peach

Strawberry

Forest strawberry

Banana

Papaya

Mango

Blueberry

Bell pepper

Okra






Pollen is another supplement that we are using with good results.

Our dried plant and arcadia

mix. The plants are chopped into a powder and mixed with the Arcadia products.

There have been a few people asking about the nutrition of pollen. So here is a little info on it:


Pollen is known as natures super food, It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods., and is so complex that it has not been possible to recreate it in a lab.

The pollen contain about 35-40% protien.About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. Some of the amino acids that it contain are : Lysine,Arginine,Proline,Valine,Cystine,Isoleucine,Serine,Glutamic Acid,Phenylalanine,Aspartic Acid,HIstidine,Tryptophan.

Vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Rutin, All the B vitamins, including B-12, B-1 Thiamine, B-6 Pyridoxine, B-3 Niacin, B-2 Riboflavin, Choline, Biotin, Inositol, Folic Acid.

Minerals: phosphorus, manganese, iodine, titanium, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, chlorine, sodium, copper, zinc, boron, molybdenum, boron.

Various enzymes found in the bee pollen include catalase, pectase, saccharase, pepsin, trypsin, and more.

Some of the other important nutrients found that are not included in the previous categories are: frugtose, monoglycerides, glucose, nucleic acids, amines, xanthophylls, lycopene, triglycerides.


A little about our dried plants


Our dried plants is made with wild plants, flowers, pollen and more.


Since we belive that only the best is good enough for our iguanas, we made this mix by using all home grown plants, and wild plants that we have in our garden.

Some of the plants that are in the mix is dandelion(leaves and flowers), ground elder, mint, oregano, hibiscus(leaves and flowers), clover, basil and so on. All the plants are the plants that we use during the summer to feed our iguanas.


We have added mango and blueberry powder to give a little fruit flavour.


To make it as good as we think is possible, we have added the Arcadia earth pro A, and Arcadia earth pro calcium mg.

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