When I do hang leaves in the cage -- not too often as I take him outside -- I like to feather them with a knife first. Lay it flat on the cutting board and slice the leaf out from the stem so you have a bunch of ribbons off the stem like the edges of a feather off the quill. If I don't do this Bob either breaks the stem or tears off half the leaf and its the half at once, but he is a lot bigger and stronger than your ig.
Post by SurvivorSteph on May 19, 2004 21:27:29 GMT -8
LOL @ Mark!
Two cut up mustard green bunches take up as much space as 3 bunches of cut up collards. The smaller you cut the greens, the less space it takes to store them... AND the more greens an ig can eat at once, the more nutrition the ig gets.
Cyndi... just keep on feeding the smaller pieces. When Kyo gets hungry enough, she'll eat.
Post by Kerrydaktyl on May 28, 2004 3:23:47 GMT -8
I usually chop or break stuff up for Don, but some times he likes to be hand fed and we can hold a whole leaf and let him rip bits off. He seems to prefere it to eating out of a bowl and he likes the attention too
Don likes to eat when he sees us eat, if we are having dinner he will go see if theres anything for him! ;D So now I put some food out for him so he doesnt feel left out.
Post by prism_wolf on May 29, 2004 11:24:07 GMT -8
Smaller bites is definitely better. I know in the wild they tear into whole leaves, but their entire wild lifestyle works so that everything from eating, basking, brinking and whatnot are working in unison. In captivity it is enough to keep them healthy, but on a minimal level in many respects.
If the leaves are kept large it does not breakdown quick enough for the ig to absord all the good stuff it's food has to offer...so they are still "starving"...including the feeling of being full. They need to eat nearly twice as much to get what is required when the leaves are twice as big as they should be.
When the leaves are already cut down to a very small size, half the digestion work is already done. It can work through their hindgut and stomach reaping the rewards those foods have to offer.
Smaller is very much better...especially for a stalking, salad-hunting ig... Their not so hard to chase down...
Tesa, I almost feel justified to walk up and smack the next person that asks me if he bites but to those low level red necks that have been asking me how big he is... It is sad that they have as much say in who runs this country as I do.
Well I am in St Louis now and have a digital camera.
Mark, ...as a charter member of the Missouri low level redneck society, I can tell ya...... ;D These people just want to know how long and heavy he is so when they go telling the story of seeing a guy carrying around a lizard "this big", they will be able to convey how big he really is.
And next time someone asks, "Does it bite?", pretend they asked "will he eat me if I try to touch him." ;D
I'm worried you are gonna have a stroke over "phrasology" lol
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Orkos salads are always chopped up but sometimes I like to feed him a whole leaf. I let him continue to chow down until he's had his fill at which point he tugs against the leaf, and I help him tear it. Which has shown me just how much an iguana can eat without stopping for a breath. He doesn't eat the stems either, when he bites down on the stem he backs off a bit and changes angle to avoid it. If the green is secured properly I don't think an iguana would eat the stem, atleast not the thicker parts of it.