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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