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can bearded dragons eat chicory

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Chicory?

Chicory is also known as endive and is a forced crop that is grown in complete darkness. It has blanched white, yellow tipped leaves. It has a distinctive shape like that of a cigar and measures around 12cm and its crisp leaves have a mild and bitter flavour.

So can bearded dragons eat chicory?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular we are interested in;

The calcium:phosphorus ratio. This is because high levels of phosphorus has the ability to block the conversion of calcium. As most live feeders are have high phosphorus levels, the best way of leveling this out is to offer foods that have a high calcium:phosphorus ratio.

The vitamin A content should not be high.

The ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D to vitamin E should be 100:10:1.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 96 kJ (23 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.7 g
Sugars 0.7 g
Dietary fiber 4 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
1.7 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(36%) 286 μg
(32%) 3430 μg
10300 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.06 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.1 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.5 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(23%) 1.159 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.105 mg
Folate (B9) (28%) 110 μg
Vitamin C (29%) 24 mg
Vitamin E (15%) 2.26 mg
Vitamin K (283%) 297.6 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (10%) 100 mg
Iron (7%) 0.9 mg
Magnesium (8%) 30 mg
Manganese (20%) 0.429 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 47 mg
Potassium (9%) 420 mg
Sodium (3%) 45 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg

source: wikipedia

The calcium:phosphorus ratio is 2:1

It has an A:D:E ratio of 1143:0:1

Because of its high calcium content it should only be fed on an occasional basis to bearded dragons. It should not be a staple food and should be fed with caution. Try and chop it up into small pieces and feed them a few pieces at the maximum.

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can bearded dragons eat celery

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Celery?

Celery is a vegetable that is used for its leaf stalk. It is used in salad, as a standalone vegetable, in soups, and stews. It is even used as a dried herb.

So can bearded dragons eat celery at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular we are interested in;

– The calcium:phosphorus ratio. This is because high levels of phosphorus has the ability to block the conversion of calcium. As most live feeders are have high phosphorus levels, the best way of leveling this out is to offer foods that have a high calcium:phosphorus ratio.

– The vitamin A content should not be high.

– The ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D to vitamin E should be 100:10:1.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 12 kcal (50 kJ)
Carbohydrates
2.97 g (including fibre)
Sugars 1.4 g
Dietary fibre 1.83 g
Fat
0.17 g
Protein
0.69g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (3%) 22 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.021 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.057 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.32 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.074 mg
Folate (B9) (9%) 36 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.1 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.27 mg
Vitamin K (28%) 29.3 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%) 40 mg
Iron (2%) 0.2 mg
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (6%) 260 mg
Sodium (5%) 80 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.13 mg
Other constituents
Water 95 g

source wikipedia

The calcium:phosphorus ratio is 1:1.6

The water content is 95g

The vitamin A:D:E content ratio is 449:0:1 which isnt ideal as far as bearded dragons are concerned.

This means that bearded dragons can eat celery on an occasional basis as long as it is chopped up finely for them.

It should be in addition to their staple food and should not be a main food for them as it will hurt their tummies if they have too much of it.

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can bearded dragons eat carrots

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Carrots are a root vegetable that is usually orange in colour, although yellow, white, red and purple varieties exist. Carrots have a crisp texture when they are fresh.

So can bearded dragons eat carrots at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular we are interested in;

    1. The calcium:phosphorus ratio. This is because high levels of phosphorus has the ability to block the conversion of calcium. As most live feeders are have high phosphorus levels, the best way of leveling this out is to offer foods that have a high calcium:phosphorus ratio.
    2. The vitamin A content should not be high.
    3. The ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D to vitamin E should be 100:10:1.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 173 kJ (41 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.6 g
Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.24 g
Protein
0.93 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (104%) 835 μg
beta-carotene (77%) 8285 μg
lutein zeaxanthin 256 μg

Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.273 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.66 mg
Vitamin K (13%) 13.2 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 3.2 µg

source wikipedia

Carrots have the following attributes;

They have a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:0.9

They have a vitamin A content of the following;
Vitamin A equiv. (104%) 835 μg
beta-carotene (77%) 8285 μg
lutein zeaxanthin 256 μg

They have a vitamin A:D:E ratio of;
8285:0:1

This means that bearded dragons cannot eat them regularly at all.

In fact, they can only eat them on an occasional basis, chopped up finely and in small amounts in conjunction with a staple food.

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can bearded dragons eat bell peppers

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bell Peppers?

Bell peppers are also known as Jon’s head or a pepper or a capsicum. They come in different colours such as red, yellow, orange, gree, chocolate/brown, white, and purple. These colours represent the same cultivar but at different stages of maturity.

So can bearded dragons eat bell peppers at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular we are interested in;

  1. The calcium:phosphorus ratio. This is because high levels of phosphorus has the ability to block the conversion of calcium. As most live feeders are have high phosphorus levels, the best way of leveling this out is to offer foods that have a high calcium:phosphorus ratio.
  2. The vitamin A content should not be high.
  3. The ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D to vitamin E should be 100:10:1.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.64 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.17 g
Protein
0.86 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(2%) 18 μg
(2%) 208 μg
341 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.224 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Vitamin C (97%) 80.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.37 mg
Vitamin K (7%) 7.4 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.122 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 175 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.13 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2 µg

source wikipedia

For bell peppers the calcium:phosphorus ratio is 1:0.5.

The vitamin A content is:
Vitamin A equiv. (2%) 18 μg
beta-carotene (2%) 208 μg
lutein zeaxanthin 341 μg

The vitamin A:D:E ratio is 370:0:1

This means that bearded dragons can eat bell peppers as a treat in small amounts on an occasional basis in conjunction with a staple food. But it must not be given to them regularly at all and it is not a staple food.

Do take care when feeding bell peppers to them, as too much could cause problems for the bearded dragon.

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