10 Fruits and Vegetables for Lizards

PetMD Editorial
By PetMD Editorial on Jun. 26, 2015
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Can Lizards Eat Fruits and Vegetables?

Lizards are omnivores, which means their diet consists of both animal and plant matter, including fruits and vegetables. However, some fruits and vegetables are more beneficial for lizards than others. There are even certain fruits and vegetables that can be toxic to lizards. Here are a few fruits and vegetables commonly given to lizards. Discuss if they are appropriate for your particular lizard (and in what quantity) with a knowledgeable reptile expert or veterinarian. 

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1. Apple

Cut it in small, bite-sized slices and remove the seeds, as they can be toxic to lizards.

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2. Lettuce (Dark Green)

Avoid iceberg lettuce, as it has little to no nutritional value for lizards. Instead, you can offer dark green lettuces such as romaine, Boston, and red leaf lettuces.

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3. Honeydew melon

Finely chop and discard of rinds and core.

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4. Celery

The stalk and leaves of the celery can be a good staple vegetable for most lizards. You may want to finely chop or shred the celery, though, so your lizard doesn’t choke.

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5. Strawberry

Remove the top of the strawberry, including the stem, and finely chop. Strawberries are high in oxalates and goitrogens.

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6. Yellow Squash

Finely chop or shred this vegetable before providing to your lizard.

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7. Blueberry

An excellent source of antioxidants, but like other fruits should still only be fed in moderation to lizards.

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8. Collard Greens

A favorite choice among vegetable staples, collard greens should have their stems removed and then be finely chopped or shredded before being providing to a lizard. Collard greens are high in oxalates and goitrogens.

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9. Grape

High in oxalates, grapes are a great treat for lizards. You can prepare grapes for your lizard by crushing or chopping the fruit.

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10. Turnip Greens

Turnip greens are very high in calcium and moderately high in oxalates and goitrogens. Finely chop or shred the vegetable and discard of its stem before providing to your lizard.