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.
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.