can bearded dragons eat iceberg lettuce

Can Bearded Dragons eat Iceberg Lettuce?

Iceberg lettuce is used a lot in salads and many other cuisine dishes. It is renown for being lower in nutrients than other types of lettuce.

It is eaten with salads and is well loved for its crunchy texture.

So can bearded dragons eat iceberg lettuce?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 55 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates 2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat 0.22 g
Protein 1.35 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 166 μg
(18%) 1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%) 73 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 102.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (10%) 1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (5%) 238 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.63 g

Image wikipedia

As you can see, lettuce contains a lot of water content. It is also quite acidic and has quite a bit of phosphorus content.

Unfortunately it is not that good for them. Its lack of quality nutrients for bearded dragons means that it is not a good food for them to eat. It is also capable of giving them diarrhea because of the large amount of water it contains.

Water based foods are not good for bearded dragons as they just can’t handle the water content like we can.

This means that it should be avoided as a food for bearded dragons.

If they have a nibble of it, they will be fine but its not really a food for them to eat regularly and as a staple part of their diet.

Image By Rasbak 13:13, 20 May 2007 (UTC) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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