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Agave (Century Plant)

 Feed Sparingly
  • Common Name: Agave (Century Plant)
  • Latin Name: Agave spp.
  • Family Name: Agavaceae

This plant should be fed sparingly, if at all.  If fed in quantity it has a laxative effect, but it also contains calcium oxalate crystals (which can irritate the skin of the mouth and throat), and saponins (which although not toxic to humans are known to be toxic to fish and can cause kidney and liver damage in mammals).  The sap is known to cause dermatitis in humans, but the effect on reptiles is not known.


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