can bearded dragons eat okra

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Okra?

Okra is also known as Okro or ladies fingers,bhindi, bamia, ochro or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family.

It has edible green seed pods and it is often cultivated in subtropical, tropical and warm temperate regions across the world.

It is used and prepared in a number of different culinary dishes across the world.

So can bearded dragons eat okra 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.

Another thing of importance is the calcium:phosphorus ratio as for every part phosphorus, there needs to be another part calcium if not more. From 1:1 to 2:1 is ideal as far as bearded dragons are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 138 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates 7.45 g
Sugars 1.48 g
Dietary fiber 3.1 g
Fat 0.19 g
Protein 2.00 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (5%) 36 μg
Thiamine (B1) (17%) 0.2 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.06 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1 mg
Vitamin C (28%) 23 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.27 mg
Vitamin K (30%) 31.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (8%) 82 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (16%) 57 mg
Potassium (6%) 299 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.58 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.17 g

source wikipedia

As you can see okra has a large amount of acidic content and a lot of water content

 

This means it is not great for bearded dragons to eat, they can have little of it on an occasional basis but nothing more than that. There are much better foods to give to bearded dragon.

Image “Hong Kong Okra Aug 25 2012” by Earth100 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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