I'm wondering if it would be ok to feed my iguana the fruit from prickly pear cactus, as well as the "pads". I've gotten some seeds to raise cactus (no plants found at store yet) and since the pads are ok to eat, does the same hold true for the "fruit"?
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I'm wondering if it would be ok to feed my iguana the fruit from prickly pear cactus, as well as ... at store yet) and since the pads areok to eat, does the same hold true for the "fruit"? TIA! Kim

Yes - and it is very high in calcium. My omnivores LOVE prickly pear pad and fruit!
fr0glet
My lizards love prickly pear. The pads are readily available even in the northern US in winter but the fruit is much harder to find. I live in a low population area & can still find it if I go to the "city". I think this "city" has about 3500 people so it's small compared to many other areas of the US. We have a small market but they don't even carry collards. snake lady
Hi,
I regularly feed my ig and my beardies cactus leaves without any problem whatsoever. They find it a treat. I can't imagine the fruit would be harmful, but then I've also never tried.
I regularly feed my ig and my beardies cactus leaves without any problem whatsoever. They find it a treat. I can't imagine the fruit would be harmful, but then I've also never tried.

I also, on occasion, give my Iggy's cactus pads & fruit. A local grocery store (S-Mart) carry them..pre-peeled; so all I have to do is wash them. -)
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I regularly feed my ig and my beardies cactus leaves ... fruit would be harmful, but then I've also never tried.

Are any kind of opuntias (prickly pears) okay? When you get out toward Austin out of the swamp belt here, they grow all over, huge pads with long spines. I had a plant that I started from a pad I picked beside the highway, but got rid of it so the baby didn't get into it. I could get more now that he's bigger and knows what "owies" are. Emotion: smile

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Being in Alabama, collards are VERY easy to get here! LOL My personal opinion is they are nasty! Smell like sewage when cooked. I feed them raw to Spike all the time, though Emotion: smile
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I'd like to know that myself - I got a pack of seeds that have quite a few varieties of opuntias in them. I'm hoping they will be ok, but plan to do more research.
Kim
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I'd like to know that myself - I got a pack of seeds that have quitea few varieties of opuntias in them. I'm hoping they will be ok, but planto do more research. Kim

You might research around on www.anapsid.org or even email Melissa and ask her for reference. I know she's done a lot of work on dietary research of plants, maybe she has resources on opuntias! (I keep thinking to say oh-petunias)
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