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
Vitamin A equiv.
(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

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