Tuesday, 15 February 2011

How to grow bean sprouts.

If you look after a green iguana you want to make sure it get's fed properly. A good variation is of much importance as they are fussy eaters. I remember my big boy being rather complicated when I 'rescued' him about 2.5 years ago. He didn't like eat what I offered, turned up his nose or would ignore it, because he didn't know it. Though it took a while, he's now basically tucking into anything I present him. He's learned I'm a good food provider, the little bugger.

Recently, I decided to dust off my biosnacky germinator and went back to growing my own sprouts again.

Bean sprouts

Not only for the iguana, but also for me. I grow mainly alfalfa, but I also love bean sprouts and purple radish and ordinary salad cress. The iguana loves all of them, so do I. Alfalfa and radish sprouts are brilliant on a salad. I particularly like the radish sprouts on fresh rye or sourdough bread, on PHILADELPHIA cheese with a pinch of salt. Delicious. To grow your own sprouts is also much cheaper, given that the iguana eats so much now, that he's so huge.

Here a comparison, him 2.5 years ago and today:


  1. did the sprouts make him change color? I noticed my iguana turned that whitish hue when the weather got cold and dry. But i looove growing sprouts too and would love to feed them to the iguana. thanks for the info. Did you happen to potty train him and have any advice?

  2. Hello, Mallory

    I love having other iguana owners popping by. Tell me about yours :-)

    Didn't even see your comment until now. Somehow blogger has to improve that, I think. It should come up as 'comment unread', which it doesn't. Weird.

    Okay to your questions: No, I didn't notice any colour change because of feeding bean sprouts, they go pale when it's cold, that's correct. They also go dark when they are stressed.

    I couldn't train him to go to a particular place, he just does his business wherever he feels, mostly, like in nature, from the cork bark he's sitting on, to the floor. I have linol on the floor of his vivarium for easier cleaning.

    My female iguana, however was trained. I got her from a very young age and as soon as I had her free-roaming (not recommended, by the way!)and I saw her preparing for doing her business I grabbed her and put her into a ca-litter tray. Repeated it every time and she learned.

    It's another thing people don't realise when they buy iguanas: they make huge messes and the urin has a high acidity.