Rutabagas are also known as swede, turnip, yellow turnip, or neep. It is a root vegetable that may have originated as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage.
Its roots are used in culinary foods in a number of different ways and its leaves can be eaten as a food as well.
So can bearded dragons eat rutabagas?
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.
Energy 157 kJ (38 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.62 g
Sugars 4.46 g
Dietary fiber 2.3 g
Fat 0.16 g
Protein 1.08 g
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.16 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 21 μg
Vitamin C (30%) 25 mg
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (3%) 0.44 mg
Magnesium (6%) 20 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.131 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 53 mg
Potassium (6%) 305 mg
As you can see they are quite acidic, they also have a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1.2 which is not great for bearded dragons. A more sufficient ratio is 1:1.
This means that they are not very good for them however they can be eaten very occasionally in small amounts. But nothing more than that as large amounts will harm them.
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