The Iguana Chef – Preparing the Daily Feeding
There’s no need to learn a fancy way to chop food, but it is gratifying to see the iguana’s body suddenly shift toward the feeding dish in excitement at the sight of his favorite foods. If time at the cutting board seems wasted, consider chopping some veggies for the family’s meal at the same time.
Great Iguana Diet Avoids Metabolic Bone Disease
By being intentional about the iguana’s diet (as well as other aspects of iguana care), the pet owner can avoid metabolic bone disease which can lead to death. The most simple way to keep the iguana’s diet healthy is to understand which foods should be considered a staple and acceptable as a high percentage of the daily consumption, and which foods should be occasional or be provided as a smaller percentage. Consideration should also be given to growing an iguana garden.
Prepare Iguana Food and Family Food on the Same Cutting Board
Here’s a recipe for the family iguana and his human family. Please take note of items indicated for humans only. Recipe does not mention quantities. Adjust per your pet’s and family’s needs.
- collards, chopped finely
- green onions (for humans only)
- olive oil (humans only)
- salad dressing (humans only)
- Romaine lettuce (humans only)
- red bell pepper, chopped finely
- nasturtium blossoms and leaves
- butternut squash, chopped finely
- whole wheat bread (three to four very small pieces cubed for pet)
- three blueberries (for iguana only)
- powdered calcium supplement (for pet only)
Instructions for Iguana Portion (and Chopping for Human and Pet):
- Rinse enough collard leaves for size of the pet and the rest of the family.
- Cut center stem out.
- Place leaves on top of each other and roll.
- Slice through lengthwise, turning and holding leaves firmly.
- Make horizontal chops through the collards. If the pet is recovering from metabolic bone disease, chop more finely.
- Chop all veggies except for nasturtium blossoms and blueberries. Use a separate cutting board for green onions.
- Mix all chopped iguana veggies together (no onions).
- Sprinkle calcium supplement on veggies and mix thoroughly.
- Soak bread cubes in water and/or medicine
- Place blueberries, nasturtiums and bread cubes on top. This is especially important if medicine is in the flowers or the bread to ensure it is eaten before the pet becomes full.
- Spray all veggies with a mist of water.
- Feed iguana. Watch and enjoy.
Instructions for Human Portion:
- Saute 2/3 of chopped green onions in olive oil for three minutes.
- Add remainder of collards, 2/3 of red pepper, all of butternut squash and saute until softened.
- Season cooked veggies with salt or other seasoning to taste.
- Toast whole wheat bread sufficient for family members.
- Rinse and chop romaine lettuce.
- Prepare a salad with chopped lettuce, green onions, and red peppers.
- Place nasturtium blossoms and leaves on top (edible and delicious).
- Serve cooked veggies, salad and whole wheat bread with a main dish.
- Keep iguana company while eating.
Making the preparation of the pet’s diet an integral part of the family meal preparation will not only improve the iguana’s diet, but the family’s as well. Foods that are healthy for these exotic reptiles are also healthful for humans.