Pet Iguana Diet

A garden for iguanas? What do rabbits and iguanas have in common? Their favorite foods! What do iguanas eat?

While most lizards are commonly thought to eat flies and other insects, the iguana is not one of them. Though iguanas in the wild have been seen to eat flies and insects, zoologists say that this occurs only by accident. What happens instead is that bugs just happen to be in the way of the iguana’s favorite meal: delicious veggies. But this post is not about wild iguanas and their diet, but rather how domestic iguanas can help you maintain your garden.

Iguanas are strict herbivores. Let’s look at what that means, exactly. A herbivore eats only fruits and vegetables—no meat whatsoever. To be more specific, iguanas like veggies. A lot of veggies! So I guess they eat “rabbit food,” or at least some of the same foods as rabbits.

Some favorites of iguanas that you can grow fresh (and cheap) are:

  • Collards
  • Turnips
  • Mustard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Green beans
  • Squash
  • Snap or snow peas
  • Asparagus
  • Okra
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell peppers
  • Kale
  • And on, and on, and on.

Iguanas, it seems, eat just about every veggie you can think of. So if you decide that an iguana is the pet for you, you might find it cost-effective to add “gardening” to your list of hobbies, too. And if you’re already a garden-lover, consider adopting an iguana as a pet.

Do you have a pet iguana? What do you feed it? Share with us in the comments!

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