by Veronica and originally posted to the IguanaDen list, used with permission.
While igs LOVE lettuce
and will eat it above all other foods in their dish, especially if it
is the main ingredient of your igs diet...this same food is one of the
worst foods you can feed an ig, beardie, and any other herp that is an
herbivore or omnivore. Lettuce is made up mostly of water with NO health
benifits whatsoever. They become addicted to this food and it becomes
harder to wean them off of it the longer they are allowed to eat it. This
goes for ALL lettuces.
To wean an ig off of lettuce is a gradual process. To stop cold turkey
can stop them from eating at all. With eating lettuce for so long the
igs health is already very compromised and will still need to eat to stay
at least as healthy as it is and then to get it healthier with a better
There are two very good diets to follow. The one promoted on these lists
most is, of course, the Iguana Den Diet. The other is Melissa Kaplan's
diet which you can find at her site at http://www.anapsid.org.
Get the ingredients to the diet of your choice keeping the lettuce as
a part of the main salad using equal amounts of it and the core salad
items in the diet guide. Over the course of a couple of months, gradually
reduce the amount of lettuce each week in the salad until there is no
lettuce at all.
This will save your igs life.