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Recipes: Salads for Reptiles

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These salads are meant to be just part of your herbivorous reptile’s total diet. They should be served along with dark, leafy greens (escarole, dandelion, mustard, collard) and when appropriate, supplemented with insects for more omnivorous species.

Supercharged Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded, raw green beans
  • 1/2 shredded, raw orange-fleshed squash (acorn, banana, spaghetti or pumpkin
  • 1 medium shredded, raw parsnips
  • 1/4 cup minced, raw fruit (figs, berries, melons, mango, cherries, etc.
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa rabbit pellets (must be soaked in water until soft) or 1/4 cup alfalfa powder
  • Multivitamin/Calcium powder
  • 1/4 cup of any other vegetable that may look yummy for an iguana (i.e., mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, green onions, carrots, etc…)

Directions

  • Mix vegetables, fruit and alfalfa well.
  • Dust with Multivitamin/Calcium powder.

Garden Salad

All flowers must be food grade bought at specialty food stores. Do not serve wild plants as they may contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

  • Dandelion greens/flowers
  • Peas
  • Clover/Carnations/Hibiscus/Rose Petals
  • Shredded Green beans
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Escarole
  • Figs/Apricots/Dates (all are fruits high in Calcium)

Disclaimer: These recipes are meant to be used as treats only, not as the primary diet of your pet. Do not substitute avocado, chocolate, or products with caffeine or alcohol for any of the ingredients we recommend. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.

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