"MK Diet" - The Short Version
This is an abbreviated form of the iguana diet from my Iguana Care, Feeding and Socialization article. I strongly recommend that you read the full section on food selection and preparation that appears in the ICFS article for the full discussion on foods, rationale, etc. using this page only as a quick reminder when you forget the basics.
©1995 Melissa Kaplan
to make iguana salad
Basic Salad Recipe
1/2 cup shredded raw green beans
1/2 cup shredded raw orange-fleshed squash (such as acorn, banana, kabocha, spaghetti, and pumpkin) - you can occasionally alternate with carrots
1 medium or 2 small raw shredded parsnips (in areas where these are seasonally hard to find, you can substitute with asparagus or cooked or canned lima, navy or kidney beans that have been well rinsed and minced or mashed. If you use beans, add extra calcium to offset their high phosphorus) *
1/4 cup mashed/minced fruit (strawberries, raspberries, mangos, papaya, figs, cantaloupe, cactus pear)
Multivitamin and calcium supplements
Thoroughly mix all the Basic Salad Recipe ingredients together. Makes about 3.5-4 cups.
Add in a multivitamin supplement (any multivitamin supplement for birds or reptiles is fine, but the best, actually, is powder from a crushed Centrum tablet) and a calcium supplement. You do not need to get a calcium supplement that has phosphorous or D3 in it, as the iguana is already getting considerably phosphorous from the plants and multivitamin, and their D3 is best manufactured in their bodies by regular exposure to direct sunlight or special UVB-producing fluorescents.
If you will be freezing any of the food, mix in some thiamine (B1) to replace the thiamine that will be lost when the green vegetables are thawed.
Serve the salad in the morning.
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