Feeding Iguanas and Other Herbivores

The following charts show the total quantity of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A and C in 1 cup portions of selected foods. The total milligram amount of calcium is important when selecting a food; however, the ratio of calcium to phosphorus is also important. The ratio for most herbivorous (plant eating) reptiles should be approximately 2:1.

Foods eaten in this ratio will promote absorption of calcium for bone growth and maintenance. A selected food source with a higher amount of phosphorus compared to calcium will decrease the amount of calcium absorbed into the body.

Good Calcium Sources

1 Cup Portion

Calcium

Phosphorus

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Turnip Greens

694 mg

98 mg

22,000 U

260 mg

Mustard Greens

582 mg

168 mg

22,000 U

252 mg

Cabbage (outside green)

429 mg

72 mg

160 U

50 mg

Collard Greens

414 mg

150 mg

12,600 U

140 mg

Chinese Cabbage

400 mg

72 mg

5,000 U

50 mg

Kale

390 mg

134 mg

40,000 U

192 mg

Broccoli Leaf

349 mg

89 mg

37,500 U

112 mg

Chard

300 mg

100 mg

30,000 U

74 mg

Dandelion Greens

168 mg

70 mg

40,000 U

200 mg

Broccoli Stem

111 mg

47 mg

2,500 U

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Endive

104 mg

39 mg

30,000 U

40 mg

Orange

48 mg

18 mg

190 U

50 mg

Dark Green Lettuce

49mg

28mg

2,000 U

14mg

Romaine Lettuce

49mg

28mg

2,000 U

14mg

Parsley

46 mg

30 mg

16,000 U

140 mg

Celery

98 mg

46 mg

640 U

14 mg

Moderate Calcium Sources

Rhubarb

105mg

17mg

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Okra

144 mg

124 mg

880 U

34 mg

Cauliflower

163 mg

80 mg

13 U

100 mg

Turnips (cooked)

112 mg

94 mg

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44 mg

Carrots

90 mg

82 mg

9,000 U

10 mg

Avocado (1 med.)

88 mg

84 mg

1,000 U

18 mg

Raspberries

82 mg

76 mg

520 U

60 mg

Strawberries

68 mg

56 mg

200 U

100 mg

Green Beans

73 mg

67 mg

1,300 U

11 mg

Cantaloupe

64 mg

60 mg

1,800 U

100 mg

Cabbage (inside white)

46 mg

34 mg

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50 mg

Yams (1 med.)

44 mg

50 mg

5,000 U

6 mg

Grapefruit (1 med.)

42 mg

40 mg

40 U

90 mg

Summer Squash

36 mg

30 mg

2,000 U

6 mg

Blueberries

33 mg

27 mg

47 U

15 mg


*Never Feed Spinach to your Iguana. It has toxins that build up.

*Never Feed Iceberg Lettuce to your Iguana. It has very little nutritional value.

 

 

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