Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil Leaves?

Basil is native to India and is a culinary herb that is prominently featured in Italian, southeast Asian, Indonesian, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Cambodian cuisine amongst others. It has an anise flavor that has a strong, pungent and sweet smell.

So can bearded dragons eat basil leaves at all?

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.

The calcium:phosphorus ratio is also vital when it comes to bearded dragons. High levels of phosphorus can block the conversion of calcium, if foods that have more phosphorus than calcium are continually offered to bearded dragons, this could lead to greater problems as there is a lack of good calcium supplement in their diet.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
0.64 g
3.15 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

source wikipedia

Yes they can eat basil leaves, however they cant eat too much. This is for the following reasons.

  1. It has a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 3:1. This is more than the recommended 2:1. Not a deal breaker, but not ideal!
  2. It is quite acidic

This means that they can’t eat it every day and it is not a staple food. Just a food that they can have as a treat in small amounts, fed every so often.

Just ensure that they have been washed thoroughly for any parasites or cleared of any pesticides.