Reptile Function

Watercress – a must for your cyclura and iguanas

Watercress – a must for your cyclura and iguanas.  A super food that is packed with vitamins and calcium. Watercress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, iodine, and folic acid, in addition to vitamins A and C.

Watercress nutritional value

Leafy green has tremendous health benefits. Our cyclura show a preference for it when given in iguana mixed salad.

Fresh watercress

Fresh watercress

Most supermarkets carry watercress. You can get it bagged or in the fresh garden section were they periodically mist the fresh bundles of greens.

Sealed plastic bags contain a little moisture and lightly pressurised to prevent crushing of contents. This has allowed national availability with a once-purchased storage life of one to two days in chilled/refrigerated storage.

You can also put cuttings with roots in water and it will grow. Even if you use up all the leaves, you can still put the roots into water and, or soil and a week later it will sprout the new leaves.

Seeds are the way to go if you want to produce a good amount. If unharvested, watercress can grow to a height of 50–120 centimetres (1.6–3.9 ft). Like many plants in this family, the foliage of watercress becomes bitter when the plants begin producing flowers. You can buy seeds on-line through Park Seed or other sources.

Iguanas love it!

 

 

  • Rob Kempton

    watercress is roni’s favorite green .then collards and spring/young dandelions .,

    • Renata_Cyclura

      Hey Rob! Thanks for the comment :-)