Post by iguanaboi09 on Dec 21, 2009 12:13:02 GMT -8
I have a 4' male iguana and i have had him lest than a week now but getting him to eat right has been a pain every time i put veggies in with his greens he just picks through the bowl and eat some but not all, yesterday i gave him a bowl full to the rim with just collards, mustard, turnip greens and parsley and he ate every bit. so today i just chopped up the veggies really small and mixed them in with the greens to see if he will take them. on top of the greens mix mentioned above i have tried zuchinni squash, yellow squash, advacado,parsnip, soaked split peas, tomatoes, and mango and he wont eat them. his temps are 110 basking 90 ambient and he has a 20 watt repti glo 10.0 uvb lamp. im not sure if its just bad habits and what he is used to eating but who ever raised him didnt do a good job he has mbd which accounts for his crooked jaw. but if it is bad habits how do i break them. im used to having an iguana that eats everything never had a picky eater before thanks for reading
Cut the veggies up as small as you can without turning them to mush, also cut the greens up a bit smaller and mix thoroughly. It will be harder for him to pick through. 110 is too high for basking, you need to bring it down to 95-97 and make sure the cool side of the enclosure is no less than 75. They need to be able to cool off.
I agree with Jen on the greens and veggies. Do as she said and make sure they are in small pieces. If this is an adult [which if 4' long it is] then she has indeed some bad eating habits and you are the one that gets to change that around. Don't think it is going to happen overnight cause it won't. Keep offering what you are and she will eat what she wants for now and eventualy will figure out the rest of the stuff isn't so bad also.. The greens should be the main part of the diet anyway so if this is what she is mainly eating, your good.. I keep my basking temps between 92- 96 and beings I have an adult and a juvie thier cool end is around 70. When my juvie was small the cool end was not less than 75 and have always had an ambient temp of around 80..
OOps!! Forgot to add that if she does indeed have MBD then she needs to have a calcium supplement [without D3 in it, as long as you have the UVB now] added to that dish on a daily basis untill she gets a clean bill of health from a vet..
Post by iguanaboi09 on Dec 22, 2009 23:12:52 GMT -8
thanks i tried as you suggested and he ate more he didnt eat as much as he did when it was just greens but ate more than usual. i do supplement his food 2 times a week so far with reptical but it has d3 im switching to a calcium supplement asap it was all they had and i use it with my other lizards but i know i have to switch.