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Can Iguanas eat oranges If so what kinds are best for them

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We gave her two pieces of naval orange and she when nuts over it. I would like to know if it is good for her. Can i give her a variety of oranges?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  JC Dill replied 10 years ago.

There is still much to be learned about iguana diets, and experts in the field often have different opinions on any given food. We do know that iguanas are strict herbivores. This site has a lot of great info on this topic:

Green Iguana Society - Feeding Iguanas

They have the following information about feeding oranges to iguanas:

Food: Acidic foods (citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, limes, kiwi fruit, lemons, pineapple; and tomatoes)

Information: Some iguanas may not like eating acidic foods and it may be likely that the iguana can not properly break down the acid in the food, not a natural food choice.

Recommendations: Occasionally is fine, only if the iguana doesn't have any negative reactions to it. Some people offer these foods for more variety and color.

Oranges are not on the list of foods that they recommend make up a large portion of your iguanas diet, but they do appear to be safe to feed as occasional treats if your iguana doesn't have any negative reactions to it. Please review the information at that site for additional ideas about how you can safely feed your iguana.

Good luck!