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Can blue tongue skinks eat tomatoes?

Can blue tongue skinks eat tomatoes?

Blue-tongued skinks can eat tomatoes, but they should be fed sporadically. Tomatoes contain vitamin C, A, antioxidants and fiber, so they are not poor in nutrients. Despite their health benefits, tomatoes are very acidic and somewhat high in oxalates, so they can cause problems in large quantities.

Some things to keep in mind when feeding tomatoes to your blue-tongued lizard:

  • Tomatoes have low calcium levels, which is essential for healthy bones and development. This means that feeding your tegu with too many tomatoes can lead to calcium deficiency which is not good for your pet.
  • Tomatoes have an undesirable ratio of calcium and phosphorous such that the existence of phosphorous in tomatoes prevents absorption of calcium in the body. This leads to calcium deficiency in your blue tongue lizard or, in the most extreme cases, to metabolic bone disease.

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