What to Feed an Iguana

Iguanas can make absolutely wonderful pets for the right person, but they are quite different to care for than a dog or cat. These fascinating lizards can get quite large, so before getting one you’ll want to be sure you have plenty of room! Just like with any animal, iguanas need a proper diet to be healthy. Making sure your scaled pal is getting proper nutrition is very important! In this article, an Indianapolis veterinarian discusses what to feed an iguana.


Iggy should eat dark, leafy veggies for his main diet. Acorn squash, alfalfa, butternut squash, prickly pear, green beans, mustard greens, parsnips, watercress, yucca root and okra are all veggies your scaled buddy can enjoy regularly. There are also many different veggies that are safe for iguanas to eat occasionally, but are not suitable for everyday feeding. These include yellow squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, pumpkin, and kale. Tomatoes and bell peppers are also fine occasionally, and will help enhance your scaled pal’s color! It’s important to realize that you should never feed your scaled pal lettuce. Although iguanas love it, lettuce is very low in nutritional content, so it really isn’t good for them.


Just as with veggies, some fruits can be eaten regularly, while others should only be eaten on occasion. Mangoes, raspberries, grapes, and papayas are safe to feed your pet often. Apples, peaches, pears, kiwi, honeydew melons, strawberries, and watermelons are some fruits you can give Iggy every now and then.


Remember to give your iguana plenty of fresh water. It isn’t a bad idea to spritz your scaled pet’s food with water, just to boost his moisture intake a little bit. Generally, you’ll want to feed Iggy at least once a day. Mornings are a good time, as then your little buddy will have the whole day to digest his food. When your lizard is finished eating, immediately remove any leftovers, so they don’t spoil. You’ll also want to do very specific research before feeding your pet new foods. Only certain parts of some foods are safe, while others should be mixed together, chopped, or grated. It’s also crucial to understand that iguanas must be kept within a certain temperature range to properly digest their food.

Do you have questions about caring for an iguana? Contact us! As your Indianapolis vet clinic, we are happy to help!

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