can bearded dragons eat bell peppers

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bell Peppers?

Bell peppers are also known as Jon’s head or a pepper or a capsicum. They come in different colours such as red, yellow, orange, gree, chocolate/brown, white, and purple. These colours represent the same cultivar but at different stages of maturity.

So can bearded dragons eat bell peppers at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular we are interested in;

  1. 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.
  2. The vitamin A content should not be high.
  3. 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 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.64 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.17 g
Protein
0.86 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(2%) 18 μg
(2%) 208 μg
341 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.224 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Vitamin C (97%) 80.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.37 mg
Vitamin K (7%) 7.4 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.122 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 175 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.13 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2 µg

source wikipedia

For bell peppers the calcium:phosphorus ratio is 1:0.5.

The vitamin A content is:
Vitamin A equiv. (2%) 18 μg
beta-carotene (2%) 208 μg
lutein zeaxanthin 341 μg

The vitamin A:D:E ratio is 370:0:1

This means that bearded dragons can eat bell peppers as a treat in small amounts on an occasional basis in conjunction with a staple food. But it must not be given to them regularly at all and it is not a staple food.

Do take care when feeding bell peppers to them, as too much could cause problems for the bearded dragon.

Image “Five-Peppers-Colors-1” by MathKnight and Zachi Evenor – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons