What is the general consensus on feeding a little orange to an adult ig as a treat? Ig den has it listed as 2.1:1 (Ca:P) but that is all the information I can find. Looks like a good source of water but very acidic.
I gave two half slices to Bob last week. Saturday I was sitting on my bed about 6 feet from the front of his cage peeling an orange and before I was done peeling it he took off out of his cage and climbed into my lap to get another piece.
Post by prism_wolf on Mar 15, 2004 14:03:03 GMT -8
Not all the foods listed on the IDD guide are to be fed. The tricky part comes from knowing what those particualr foods hold that is bad in other areas...like to much acidity, high in oxalic acids, being a goitrogen, etc.
It lists kale too, but many people don't even feed that one because of it's high oxalic acid content. Every once in awhile is fine though, but I stopped feeding it some time ago.
Too much mango causes constipation. Bananas are too high in phosporous. Pomegranates have large seeds that can cause impaction. Watermelon is nothing but water...but great for rehydrating dehydrated igs.
The only truly edible part on the orange is the white inner skin of the peel. My guys love it, but I've only fed them this once. WAAAYYYY to much work!
For those of you who don't know: The thyroid gland needs a certain amount of iodine to function properly. Goitrogens are compounds that bind the iodine in food, preventing the body from using it. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and bok choy all known to be high in goitrogens.
Oxalates are compounds that bind to calcium and keep your iguana from using it properly. Broccoli, carrots, parsley, and spinach are all known to be high in oxalates.
As with anything...moderation is the key. To feed these things occasionally are fine, but not as an everyday treat...
Even with the pomegranite seeds...a few seeds won't do any damage. It's the continuous buildup of eating them everyday before the seeds are passed through the digestive tract and out the other end. Sometimes this takes a couple of weeks. My foster was pooping grass for just over 2 weeks when I first brought him home.
I still wouldn't feel comfortable feeding the pomegranite seeds though...just out of my own conditioning to keep from them those things that have "the potential" for impaction.