Is this Plant Safe for Iguana?

This list is for general reference. Any “non-toxic” plant *could* be toxic if eaten in large amounts on a regular basis, so do more research before offering any new plant as a staple food for your exotic pets. Also “non-toxic” does not necessarily mean, “good to eat”. It means harmless if accidentally eaten…

Now on to the list:

Most Herbs are risky options, Iguanas should be able to decipher their palatability with a good lick, but this is not fool safe, and only applies to living specimens. Iguanas trust what you put in their food bowl so don’t poison them!

Some safe herbs for Iguana include:

  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Dandelion Pedals
  • Calendula Pedals
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Lavender

You should avoid:

  • Pokeweed
  • Tansy, Rue
  • Tobacco
  • Sanguinaria
  • Heliotrope
  • Calamus
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Walfbane
  • Nightshade
  • Belladonna
  • Artimesias
  • Euonymus
  • Vinca Minor
  • Vinca Major
  • Juniper Berry
  • Mistletoe
  • Cowbane
  • Hemlock
  • Mandrake
  • Pennyroyal

Safe House Plants:

  • Zebra
  • Wax plant
  • Tradescantia
  • Spider plant
  • Rubber tree
  • Polka dot plant
  • Piggy back
  • Peperomia
  • Pine palms
  • Jasmine
  • Jade
  • Hibiscus
  • Hen and hicks
  • Ivy, grape leaf
  • Benjamina
  • Ficus
  • Echeverias
  • Dracaena
  • Coleus
  • Easter cactus
  • Burro tail
  • Bromeliads
  • Boston fern
  • Bamboo
  • Aspidistra
  • Asparagus fern
  • African violet

Toxic House Plants:

  • Aloe
  • Alstroemerias
  • Anthurium
  • Begonia
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Oxalis
  • Prayer plant
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Passion flower
  • Oleander
  • Euphorbias
  • Euonymus
  • Eucalyptus
  • Elephant ears
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dendrobium
  • Cyclamen
  • Clivia, caladium

Safe Wild Plants include:

  • Hibiscus (their favorite!)
  • Rose Pedals
  • Pansy Petals
  • Carnation Petals
  • Nasturtium

The grass is also perfectly healthy to eat and is usually chomped on every few steps iguanas take, they are after all “tree cows”. What is NOT SAFE, are grasses and plants which are treated with chemical FERTILIZERS and PESTICIDES!! Not only are these not safe to eat, but they can irritate the skin of your exotic pets and even that of your own dog, cat, and children.

Chemical fertilizers also devastate ecosystems and our drinking water by running off our lawns when it rains. If you care about nature, and the health of your neighbors use all-natural alternatives such as compost fertilizers, growing native pest resistant plants, and encouraging natural pest predators into your yard. If nature is allowed to be healthy and diverse, pests are usually kept at bay.

Toxic Wild Plants to avoid:

VERY TOXIC

  • Lilly of the Valley
  • Jack in the Pulpit
  • Crocus
  • Aconites
  • Tulips
  • Irises
  • Daffodils
  • Lilies

Also, Avoid:

  • Datura/angel trumpet
  • Daphne
  • Clematis
  • Chockecherry
  • Caladium
  • Buttercups
  • Bracken ferns
  • Boxwood
  • Bleeding heart
  • Azaleas
  • Rhodies
  • Yew
  • Wisteria
  • Spurge
  • Rhubarb
  • Poppies
  • Painted daises
  • Nicotiana
  • Morning glory
  • Monkshood
  • Lupines
  • Lobelia
  • Larkspur
  • Jessamine lantana
  • Holly berry
  • Foxglove
  • Elderberry
  • Delphinium

I am the editor-in-chief at MyPetReptiles.com. I have been a reptile enthusiast for over a decade, and during this time I have kept and bred a variety of different reptiles such as bearded dragons, geckos, and chameleons. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with others to help them provide the best care possible for their pet reptiles.

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