Monthly Archives: June 2015

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Marijuana?

Marijuana is the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds from the hemp plat, cannabis sativa. It contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds.

source drugabuse.gov

So can bearded dragons eat marijuana?

As stupid a question as it may seem, it is a question that has been asked and we’ll answer it here.

No they definitely cant at all. It will do them a great deal of harm and probably kill them. Steer clear of feeding it to them.

can bearded dragons eat cauliflower

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a vegetable that has heads that resemble broccoli, but differs in having flower buds. It is eaten across the world in various guises.

So can bearded dragons eat cauliflower at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 104 kJ (25 kcal)
Carbohydrates
5 g
Sugars 1.9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
1.9 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.507 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(13%) 0.667 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.184 mg
Folate (B9) (14%) 57 μg
Vitamin C (58%) 48.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.08 mg
Vitamin K (15%) 15.5 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 22 mg
Iron (3%) 0.42 mg
Magnesium (4%) 15 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.155 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (6%) 299 mg
Sodium (2%) 30 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.27 mg
Other constituents
Water 92 g

source wikipedia

Cauliflower has a high water content although its calcium:phosphorus content ratio is pretty good.

This means however, that cauliflower cant be eaten by bearded dragons. If they have a nibble of them they will be fine but nothing more than that.

Its not a food that is great for bearded dragons

Image “Cauliflower” by User Anthony DiPierro on en.wikipedia

can bearded dragons eat brussel sprouts

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are leafy green vegetables that are typically 2.5–4 cm (0.98–1.6 in) in diameter and look like miniature cabbages.

So can bearded dragons eat brussel sprouts at all?

Lets take a look by checking out their nutritional data and find out more.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates
8.95 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Dietary fibre 3.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
3.38 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 450 μg
1590 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.139 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.745 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.309 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.219 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 61 μg
Choline (4%) 19.1 mg
Vitamin C (102%) 85 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.88 mg
Vitamin K (169%) 177 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%) 42 mg
Iron (11%) 1.4 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (8%) 389 mg
Sodium (2%) 25 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg
Other constituents
Water 86 g

source wikipedia

As you can see brussel sprouts contain a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1.6, they have a high water content and have a high acidic content.

Unfortunately, they cant eat them at all. They may cause them harm if they are eaten in large amounts, if they have a nibble of them they will be fine but nothing more than that.

Image “Brussels sprout closeup” by Eric Hunt – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat butternut squash

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is also known as butternut pumpkin and is a type of winter squash. It has a nutty and sweet taste which is quite similar to that of a pumpkin with yellow skin and an orange fleshy pulp.

So can bearded dragons eat butternut squash at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 188 kJ (45 kcal)
Carbohydrates 11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(67%) 532 μg
(39%) 4226 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.154 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 27 μg
Vitamin C (25%) 21 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.44 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (5%) 48 mg
Iron (5%) 0.7 mg
Magnesium (10%) 34 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.202 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (7%) 352 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.15 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see butternut squash has a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1.5. A vitamin A equivalent content of 532 μg.

This means that they can eat butternut squash and they can eat it on a daily basis. It is a favorite of bearded dragon owners as a food for their pets.

Prepare it for them but peeling it an dicing it into small pieces. The softer it is the more they will eat it, so it might be worth cooking it a bit before hand.

Image “Cucurbita moschata ‘Butternut’ 3” by HalfGig – User:HalfGig. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 us via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat broccoli

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Broccoli?

Broccoli is from the italica cultvar group and has large flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like structure branching out from a thick, edible stalk. The mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species.

So can bearded dragons eat broccoli at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data here

In particular, their acidic, calcium, phosphorus, water, protein, fat, sugar, and fibre content is of most interest when it comes to bearded dragons.

 

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates 6.64 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.37 g
Protein 2.82 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(4%) 31 μg
(3%) 361 μg
1403 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.071 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.117 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.639 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.573 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.175 mg
Folate (B9) (16%) 63 μg
Vitamin C (107%) 89.2 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.78 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 101.6 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (5%) 47 mg
Iron (6%) 0.73 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.21 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 66 mg
Potassium (7%) 316 mg
Sodium (2%) 33 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.41 mg
Other constituents
Water 89.3 g

Source wikipedia

As you can see broccoli contains a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:0.7. The ideal ratio for a bearded dragon is between 1:1 and 2:1.

It contains a lot of vitamin K and a small amount of vitamin A. It also contains a lot of water.

This means that bearded dragons cant eat broccoli. If they have a nibble of it, they will be okay. But it shouldn’t be eaten by them as a staple food.

A food that is best avoided.

Image “Broccoli and cross section edit” by Fir0002 – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat bok choy

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bok Choy?

Bok choy is otherwise known as pak choy and is a type of Chinese cabbage. It has smooth, dark green leaves that form a cluster that looks like celery or mustard.

So can bearded dragons eat bok choy at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, calcium, phosphorus, water, protein, fat, sugar, and fibre content is of most interest when it comes to bearded dragons.

 

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 54 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates
2.2 g
Dietary fiber 1.0 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.5 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (30%) 243 μg
Vitamin A 4468 IU
Vitamin C (54%) 45 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (11%) 105 mg
Iron (6%) 0.80 mg
Magnesium (5%) 19 mg
Sodium (4%) 65 mg

Bok choy has a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:2.8 which means for every bit of calcium, there is 2.8 times phosphorus content, which is not good for bearded dragons. Ideally it should be between 1:1 and 2:1. There is also a lot of vitamin A which is also bad.

This means it is not great for bearded dragons eat eat regularly. They can occasionally have a leaf but nothing more than that and it should be fed to them with caution if not at all.

Any food with a lot of vitamin A in it, is not good for bearded dragons.

Image Image “Brassica rapa var. chinensis (leaf)” by おむこさん志望 – Taken by おむこさん志望. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat superworms

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Superworms?

Superworms are the larvae of Zohpobas morio which are a species of darkling beetle. They are a common food in the reptile industry but are often confused with giant mealworms. They measure 50-60 mm long and have 6 small legs and two rudimentary hind prolegs.

So can bearded dragons eat superworms at all?

Yes they can. Young bearded dragons can eat them all of the time. However they contain too much calcium for adult bearded dragons to eat all of the time. So they are more of a treat food for them and should be fed to them sparingly.

Image “Zophobas morio larva – top (aka)” by André Karwath aka Aka – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat red worms

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Red Worms?

Red Worms are also known as the redworm, brandling worm, pansfish worm, trout worm, tiger worm, red wiggler worm, and red californian earth worm.

It feeds on decaying organic material an rotting vegetation, compost and manure.

They live above the soil’s surface and have groups of bristles on each segment that move in and out to grip nearby surfaces as the worms stretch and contract their muscles to push themselves forward or backwards.

So can bearded dragons eat red worms at all?

Yes they can.

Both mature adults and young bearded dragons can eat red worms.

Just make sure that they are store purchased red worms and not ones that are found in the wild. This is because wild red worms are likely to pick up unknown diseases and parasites that may harm the bearded dragon.

Image “Redwiggler1” by Mihai Duguleana; – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat locusts

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Locusts?

Locusts are the swarming phase of a certain species of short-horned grasshoppers. In their solitary phase they are innocuous, and number are low.

However, they have the potential to grow under conditions of drought and then rapid vegetation growth. They then start to breed abundantly.

So can bearded dragons eat locusts at all?

Yes they can eat them. Young bearded dragons and mature adult bearded dragons can eat them as well.

Just dont collect them from the wild. Only feed them to bearded dragons if they are store purchased because there is just no knowing what they are carrying and they pose a risk to your bearded dragon.

Image “SGR laying” by Christiaan Kooyman – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

can bearded dragons eat earthworms

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Earthworms?

Earthworms are a tube shaped, segmented worm that are commonly found living in soil. They live and feed on dead organic matter.

They have a digestive system that is the length of their body and they conduct respiration through their skin.

So can bearded dragons eat earthworms at all?

Yes they can.

Both young and mature adult bearded dragons can eat earthworms.

Just be careful to only feed them store purchased earthworms and not earthworms that have been caught in the wild.

You just never know what parasites or diseases they are carrying.

Image “Earthworm”. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons