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Can Iguanas Eat Strawberries? What You Need To Know

Can Iguanas Eat Strawberries

Feeding fruit as an occasional treat is a great way to add some variety to your iguana’s diet. Fruit should make up no more than 20% of an iguana’s diet, but there are several fruits that are safe to feed iguanas. Strawberries are one of these safe fruits, as are apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes. While many fruits and vegetables are safe for your iguana to eat, not all of them are. It’s important to know what is and isn’t safe for your iguana to eat.


Are strawberries healthy for iguanas?

Strawberries are one of the best fruits to feed your iguana; however, because they’re a fruit, they are best fed in moderation. They should be fed to your iguana as an occasional treat rather than as a regular part of their diet.

Strawberries do provide some nutritional value for iguanas. They are high in water content, which helps maintain hydration status while also being low in calories. They provide some necessary fiber, which is important for iguana nutrition.

Strawberries have a very low calcium-to-phosphorous ratio. Since iguanas require a steady balance of calcium and phosphorous to stay healthy, which is why strawberries should only be fed as a treat.

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Can iguanas eat strawberry seeds?

Yes, iguanas can eat the seeds found in strawberry flesh. There should be no issue with these seeds passing through your iguana’s digestive system as they are very small.

For most other fruits with pits or large seeds, such as apple seeds, it’s important to remove the seeds and pits before feeding.

How many strawberries are safe to feed an iguana?

As stated above, strawberries should only be fed to your iguana as a treat, which means they are best served no more than 1-2 times per week in small servings. If you are feeding fruit to your iguana, it’s important to feed them a variety of different fruits, not just strawberries.

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How to feed strawberries to an iguana

Any fruit you feed your iguana should be washed to make sure any dirt or pesticide residue is removed. Strawberries should be cut up into small pieces to avoid choking. You should also remove the stalk and leaves before offering the food to your iguana.

Make sure any strawberries you feed your iguana are fresh and free from mold or soft spots. Organic berries are preferable as they will be completely free from any chemical additives.

It is ok to feed your iguana frozen strawberries during the winter months when it’s harder to find fresh fruit. They should be fully thawed and warmed up to room temperature before they are fed.

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What can iguanas eat?

Iguanas are herbivorous reptiles, meaning they only eat plants. In the wild, they are folivores and eat leaves as their primary food source while occasionally feeding on flowers and fruits. Take this into consideration when choosing foods to feed your iguana.

A well-balanced iguana diet should consist of the following:

  • 70% dark leafy greens (like spinach and collard greens)
  • 20% fiber-rich vegetables (cabbage, broccoli)
  • 10% fruit (no higher than 20% of their total diet)

Pet iguanas can benefit from being fed a commercial diet of iguana food that is properly balanced for their nutritional needs. While it shouldn’t be their only food source, supplementing 5-10% of their diet with a pelleted food made specifically for iguanas can help ensure they get the proper amounts of vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy.

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What foods are toxic to iguanas?

Several foods are toxic to iguanas. These include:

  • Live insects, bugs, or meat
  • Soybeans
  • Plants or flowers sprayed with pesticides
  • Any food with a high oxalic acid content such as rhubarb, celery, beetroot, chard, parsley, or leeks
  • Kiwi
  • Figs
  • Tofu
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Kale
  • Avocado
  • Caffeine or alcohol
  • Dairy products and eggs
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can iguanas eat cherries?

Yes. Cherries are safe to feed iguanas, and they enjoy eating them. It’s important to remove the pit from the cherry before feeding it to your iguana, as it is a choking hazard.

What other fruits are safe for iguanas?

The following fruits are safe to feed your iguana as a treat:  apples, pears, mangoes, star fruit, peaches, tomatoes, guava, kiwi, melons, figs, apricots, dates, blueberries, and raspberries.

Do iguanas eat meat?

Iguanas do not eat meat as they are herbivorous reptiles. Their digestive systems are not designed to process meat, so they can get very sick if they are fed meat or meat products.

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Final Thoughts

Iguanas can safely eat strawberries, along with many other fruits and vegetables. Strawberries are one of the healthiest foods you can offer your iguana, but they must be only fed as a treat. Fruit, in general, should never make up more than 20% of your iguana’s diet.

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