We have a question about feeding. We have given Don food in his bowl but we cannot see that he has eaten anything. Will he eat and us not know it? Should we hand feed him? He seems a bit agressive when we try to pick him up. Please help.
If the Iguana is new and a baby, they tend to eat when no one is looking. Natural instinct dictates that they eat very cautiously or risk getting picked off by a bird or that huge human looming over them. LOL
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My son received "Don" on Friday from his girlfriend. Don is about 18 inches long from tip of head to tip of tail. We have tried feeding him romaine lettuce and zucchini. Today we tried feeding him a bit of apple. We tried this about noon. Not sure if that is the time to do it or not. Really can't tell if he is eating or not. They are cut up rather small. The boys checked a few minutes ago and he had pooped. So I guess that part is okay. Any help will be greatly appreciated as we want to provide him with the best care that we can.
It's common for them to not eat much in the beginning. He's scared YOU are gonna eat HIM! ;D There's no cause for alarm. (yet) Its best to give him the food midmorning. Many times they are "shy" about eating, so make sure he has some privacy.
Tear leaves up to pieces about the size of his head. Vegetables should be cut very small. I run mine thru a food processor, but it's not necessary. As Yoda suggested, put small amounts of food in at first to make it easier to judge how much he has eaten.
I'm gonna paste in some info from the diet section. 40-45% of his diet should be greens. Collard, mustard greens,dandelion greens, turnip greens, endive and watercress are all good choices.
40-45% of his diet should be veggies. Some good veggies are: green beans, snap peas, yellow/orange squash, parsnips, turnips, and sweet potatoes.
About 10% of his diet can be fruits. Fruits don't really add much in the way of nutrition. They are mainly for color and moisture. They should be used as "treats". The best fruits to use are: papaya, mango, apple, plums, and strawberries. Watermelon is great if you need to hydrate you ig.
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