How Often and When Should an Iguana Eat?

Some iguanas only need to be fed once per day, while some larger and more active specimens require nourishment up to three times a day.

Observe your pet, and try to determine how much food it needs on a daily basis by measuring its activity level and how much it is eating whenever you feed it.

Some iguanas eat a lot in the morning after defecating, and eat a little just before the night cycle. Some iguanas have been known to eat small amounts of food throughout the day.

It is really up to you how many times in a day you want to feed your pet. One thing should be made clear though – the iguana should be fed every single day without fail.

First Feeding

The first feeding should always be performed first thing in the morning. You can time the day and night cycle in the terrarium with your own sleeping and waking schedule, although I do not recommend this if you sleep late at night and wake up very late in the day.

When Should an Iguana Eat?

Give the iguana most of its food in the morning, and in the afternoon. Limit the intake of food beginning around 5 – 6 PM because this is when the iguana’s body begins to cool down as it gets ready for nighttime (sleep).

I highly recommend that you feed your iguana at the same time every single day so that it will also defecate at more or less the same time the next day. Routines are awesome when it comes to taking care of iguanas.


Iguana Eating

If you have a wild-caught iguana at home, it might be difficult to coax the reptile to drink more water. Captive iguanas need a lot of water, because the surroundings are often dry, and they won’t be able to seek plant mater that is naturally moist and abundant with water.

TIP – If your iguana is not paying any attention to its water dish, what you can do is to just spray the food that you give to the iguana, so that it gets extra hydration when it eats.

Just make sure that you remove uneaten food in the habitat every few hours. Vegetable matter that has been sprayed with water will develop bacteria and molds more quickly (because of the moisture).

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