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Tegu Food List

Tegus are omnivorous reptiles that require a varied diet to stay healthy and happy.

This diet should consist of approximately of:

  • 70% protein and 30% greens (for adult Argentine and Red tegus), or
  • 90% protein and 10% greens (for Colombian tegus and baby tegus regardless of species).

“Greens” include any sort of vegetable, but especially dark-leaved greens. Fruit and some other foods should only be fed sporadically or as a treat, and some supplements like calcium are also recommended to prevent common health problems.

Tegu Food Pyramid
Tegu Food Pyramid.

Below, a comprehensive list of all the foods that tegus can eat and what should be avoided.

Whole Prey:

  • Captive-raised insects
  • Crayfish
  • Chickens (baby)
  • Crickets
  • Freeze-dried grasshoppers
  • Earthworms
  • Frogs (feeder)
  • Gerbil
  • Hamster
  • Horn-worms
  • Lizards (feeder)
  • Meal-worms
  • Mice
  • Pinkie mice
  • Quail hatchlings
  • Rats
  • Roaches (canned)
  • Silk-worms (canned)
  • Snails (canned)
  • Super-worms
  • Toads (feeder)
  • Wax worms
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Meat products:

  • Eggs, raw, soft-boiled or scrambled
  • Raw meats (poultry, lamb, venison, beef)
  • Fresh fish filets (* some can be high in mercury)
  • Organ meats (liver, hearts, gizzards)
  • Seafood (crab, scallops, shrimp)


  • Apples (in moderation)
  • Bananas (in moderation, organic peels can be fed)
  • Berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries (in moderation, high in oxalates and goitrogens))
  • Cantaloupe
  • Casaba
  • Cherries
  • Concord grapes (higher in oxalate)
  • Dates
  • Figs (fresh or dried)
  • Grapes (Thompson seedless, green and red)
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Melons
  • Papaya
  • Peaches (high in goitrogens)
  • Pears (high in oxalates)
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Tomatoes (high in oxalates)
  • Watermelon


  • Acorn squash
  • Alfalfa
  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers
  • Butternut squash
  • Chicory greens (escarole)
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Green beans
  • Green peas, snap peas
  • Kabocha squash
  • Leeks
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Parsnip
  • Prickly pear cactus
  • Radish
  • Rapini
  • Snap peas
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Turnip greens
  • Yellow squash
  • Yucca root (cassava, should be shredded)
  • Zucchini

In Moderation:

  • Beets and beet greens (in moderation, high in oxalates)
  • Bok choy (in moderation, high in goitrogens)
  • Parsley (good source of calcium)
  • Broccoli (in moderation, high in oxalates)
  • Brussels sprouts (high in goitrogens)
  • Cabbage (in moderation, high in goitrogens)
  • Carrots and carrot tops (in moderation, high in oxalates)
  • Cauliflower (in moderation, high in goitrogens)
  • Celery (low in nutrition)
  • Coriander (in moderation, high in oxalates)
  • Corn (feed rarely or never, low in calcium and high in phosphorus)
  • Cucumber (low in nutrition)
  • Flowering plants (nasturtiums, dahlia, hibiscus, be careful of pesticides and herbicides)
  • Lettuces (low in nutrition)
  • Rutabaga
  • Spinach (feed rarely or never, high in oxalates and goitrogens)
  • Sweet potato (feed rarely)
  • Swiss chard (feed rarely or never, high in oxalates)

Other Foods:

  • Bread
  • Cooked pasta or rice
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Lentils (cooked)

Recommended supplements:

Foods to Avoid:

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Processed and sugary foods
  • Onions
  • Garlic

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