Feeding an Iguana

Do you have a pet iguana? Iguanas are fun and fascinating pets. Just like any other animal, when it comes to your little buddy’s diet, there are some specific dos and don’ts. In this article, your local vet Sugar Land goes over some basics on feeding a pet iguana.

What To Feed Your Lizard

Wild iguanas are strict herbivores. Veggies should make up the largest percentage of your pet’s diet, about 75 percent. Collard greens, dandelion greens, watercress, and green beans are a few examples of greens you can feed your pet. Squash, sweet potatoes, and bell peppers are also acceptable. About 10 percent of your buddy’s food can be fresh fruit, such as figs, mango, melon, apple, and banana. Treats, protein, and grains should make up a very small portion of an iguana’s meals. Keep in mind that not all veggies are good for iguanas: some, like spinach and kale, should only be fed on occasion.

Feeding Protocols

Iguanas should be fed once a day. Plan to feed your lizard at the same time each day, to keep him on a steady routine. This will also help with litter box training, since your pet will likely defecate around the same time each day. Early morning, after your scaled buddy has been up for maybe a half hour, is a good time. This way your iguana can digest his food in daytime temperatures.


Table manners aren’t terribly important to iguanas. Your scaly pet may walk into his food dish, and even stand in it. Therefore, dishes that are heavy enough to withstand a bit of abuse are highly recommended. Plastic and stainless steel are both fine, but ceramic may have the upper hand, since it’s heavier. You’ll want to place your scaled pal’s dishes off the floor, if possible, so his food doesn’t get contaminated by any substrate or feces.


Iguanas need to drink lots of water! Keeping your lizard’s bowl filled with fresh water is very important to the little guy’s health. If you are concerned that your scaled buddy isn’t getting enough water, then one way to up his water intake is to spray water on his food.

Do you have any questions about caring for a pet iguana? Please contact us any time. As your local vet clinic Sugar Land, we are happy to help with all of your pet care needs.

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