Eddie will be dining on collard greens mustard greens dandelion greens chickory arugula acorn squash butternut squash green beans parsnip honeydew melon watermelon one blueberry alfalfa powder calcium powder kolhrabi a little sweet potato
Hmm I usually just buy collard greens and that pebble stuff at the pet store.. he seems to like it but maybe i should switch it up a little .. sometimes i buy other greens but i dont normaly make salads:P good job anyways haha i never have the time to prep stuff like that. . and it spoils if i make that much
Lenard...part of keeping an exotic animal responsibly is giving it what it requires. Collard greens and "pebbles" are not enough to keep him healthy. If you make up a weeks worth at a time then it won't go bad...and you only need to prep once a week. Many of the commercial iguana foods are horrible as far as nutrients go...and many of them have harmful fillers.
lenard....I chop up all his greens and keep them in a sealed plastic containter with a paper towel in the bottom and they will keep for up to two weeks. I run the veggies through the food processor and keep them in a separate containter and they keep for a week. I also freeze some chopped veggies in ice cube trays and take out one cube at a time and thaw it in the microwave. This works for most fruit too. Bluberries are easy as they freeze nicely and can be thawed in your hand in about 2 minutes. I give him calcium powder without D3 and alfalfa sprinkled from capsules that I buy from the health food store. (they do look at you a little funny when you say it's for your iguana) He only gets the dry pellets from the pet store occasionally, and I soak them for at least 1/2 hour in water or juice first so they don't dehydrate him. I have to drive for 40 minutes into the nearest city for his food, but, its worth it.
This week Godzilla has collard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, curly mustard, swiss chard, acorn squash, beets, parsnips, red bell pepper, and a lil sweet potato. Maybe some cantoloupe for an occasional treat.
Post by prism_wolf on Mar 11, 2007 18:35:51 GMT -8
Awesome Alisha. Nice to see you've done your homework...:-) Make sure the beets are just an occasional item since they're pretty high in oxalates, but they do add some nice color. I usually feed the leaves, but the raccoon gets the root.
Thanks! I just grated a lil of the beet, not much. But, I read that beet greens were real good for him that's why I even got them in the first place. So out of curiosity, do you actually have a raccoon? Or do you mean the trash can raider!
So out of curiosity, do you actually have a raccoon?
I am currently caring for one while I find a rehabber who can take her in. She was found as a baby by someone who needed a place for her guinea pigs to go since they were moving. They couldn't take the piggies or Roxy. I know what the rehabber's conditions are like closest to me, and though I have no problem taking her opossum babies...her coons are pretty crammed in the cages. The next closest is about 3 hours away in a direction I never travel...so it's going to have to be a special trip. She's an awful lot of fun... ...but nowhere near pet material.
She's so cute!!!! I kinda thought you were talkin actual coon! My mother-in-law had a male coon she raised from a baby and had him for years til he died. Unfortunately that was before I met them so I didn't know Jake. Though I would have loved to.
wow she is beautiful....do you know how old she is? can you tame them to be pets...
She's about 9 months old. They can be socialized to become very used to people, but taming them...no. They are strictly a wild animal. They do not make good pets...at all. They can be very food aggressive, they climb EVERYTHING - picture a 30 lb. coon climbing your curtains - They need specific foods very much balanced like iguanas do with much more animal protein, of course. Crayfish, frogs, berries, etc. When they play they use all their limbs, and coon claws and toenails are razors as are their teeth. They are one of the main carriers of rabies in wild animals. I think skunks are the only animal that out does them as rabies carriers, but I would have to check the stats for that.
She is an incredible animal. Very curious and playful, washes her food every night and needs to be in a slow release program since she was never taught to be a raccoon in the wild. She doesn't know what to eat. The dogs at my home would kill her. The adult opossum I have rehabbing can go straight back out once he's healed well enough, but she needs special care I can't give her for release. Someone else can do that for her better than I... .