No...sweet potato leaves are toxic. You should feed the sweet potato in small amounts only. They're high in goitrogens which bind iodine which...if left out of the diet...can cause hyperthyroidism. Small amounts are fine, just don't over do it...:-)
It's very easy to get confused. You would think that because one part of the plant is edible all of it would be safe. NOT SO! Potatoes of any type as well as tomatoes have toxins in the leaves and stems. A good rule is if you aren't absolutely sure about something ,...don't feed it!
Post by wifehasazoo on Dec 7, 2011 18:12:20 GMT -8
Found this via google, and if I could just get clarification. I understand that stems and leaves are not a good idea. But the sweet potato itself can also be a problem? It would be a shame if it were so, as she's a very, VERY picky eater in the winter, and apparently LOVES grated sweet potato. I'd thought I had found something we could keep her fattened up through the winter on...
Post by wifehasazoo on Dec 7, 2011 18:23:25 GMT -8
background [: Her lighting is fine. She is at least (has been with us nearly) 2 years old. We keep her warm enough. She lives on a dresser top layered with puppy pads in the winter. Food is always an issue we are exploring in attempts to expand.
Post by JennaAndIguanaGwen on Dec 10, 2011 11:05:29 GMT -8
Sweet potato should indeed be something that is fed occationally and not regularly. The only explanation I have for that is that it is high in phosphorus and I only know that because the green iguana society says so: greenigsociety.org/foodchart.htm They have a good list of foods in alphabetical order with pictures. Its a good reference when one is not sure
If only I had something to eat. . . . . mmmm pumpkin flowers