Can Iguanas Eat Watermelon? Explained!

Today, I want to tackle a curious question I’ve often received from many of you – “Can iguanas eat watermelon?” It’s a fair query, given that watermelons are a favorite summer snack for many of us, and who wouldn’t want to share a juicy bite with their pet iguana?

In this article, we’ll explore everything there is to know about iguanas and their potential love affair with watermelons. We’ll uncover whether these delightful fruits are healthy for our green friends and how much watermelon is too much. Navigating the complexities of an iguana diet can be tricky, so I’ll also guide you on how to correctly feed watermelons to your iguana.

Yes, iguanas can eat watermelons but in small amounts and only occasionally, as it is a high-sugar fruit. Also, due to the high water content, this type of melon can cause digestive upset if consumed excessively.

Watermelon isn’t the worst thing to offer your pet iguana, but it isn’t the best either.

Is Watermelon Healthy For Iguanas?

First, let’s talk about the nutritional profile of watermelon. Bursting with natural sweetness, watermelons are incredibly hydrating, being made up of about 92% water. For this very reason, watermelon has been classified as “poor” in the Animal Veterinary Hospital of Orlando Iguana care guide.

Nutritional Content Of Watermelon

Water91.4 g
Energy30 Calories
Protein0.61 g
Carbohydrates7.5 g
of which sugars6.2 g
Fiber0.4 g
Fat0.15 g
Calcium7 mg
Phosphorous11 mg
Magnesium10 mg
Potassium112 mg
Vitamin A28 µg
Vitamin C8.1 mg
Per 100 grams of Watermelon, Raw. Source: USDA

Watermelons are also packed with essential nutrients that are beneficial to iguanas, such as vitamins A, B6, and C, along with antioxidants like lycopene.

Vitamin A, known for its role in maintaining healthy skin and eye health, can be especially beneficial for iguanas. As they are prone to skin and eye issues, a bit of watermelon can contribute to their overall health in this area.

Vitamin B6 supports a healthy nervous system—a vital aspect of iguana health that cannot be overlooked. Vitamin C, on the other hand, boosts the immune system, helping