can bearded dragons eat olives

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Olives?

Olives are a small fruit of oval shape that has a hard stone and has a flesh that is bitter. When they are unripe they are green in color and then as they mature they turn into a bluish black color. They are an extremely popular food particularly in dishes from the Mediterranean and are used all around the world in culinary dishes. They are also used as a source of oil, which is extracted and sold around the world.

So can bearded dragons eat olives at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, water, protein, fat, sugar, and fibre content is of most interest when it comes to bearded dragons.

Another thing of importance is the calcium:phosphorus ratio as for every part phosphorus, there needs to be another part calcium if not more. From 1:1 to 2:1 is ideal as far as bearded dragons are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 609 kJ (146 kcal)
3.84 g
Sugars 0.54 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
15.32 g
Saturated 2.029 g
Monounsaturated 11.314 g
Polyunsaturated 1.307 g
1.03 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(3%) 20 μg
(2%) 231 μg
510 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.021 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.007 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.237 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.031 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 3 μg
Choline (3%) 14.2 mg
Vitamin E (25%) 3.81 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.4 μg
Calcium (5%) 52 mg
Iron (4%) 0.49 mg
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 4 mg
Potassium (1%) 42 mg
Sodium (104%) 1556 mg

source wikipedia

They contain a lot of fat and a lot of salt so are not good for bearded dragons to eat. If they do eat one or two they will be fine but nothing more than that.

But olives are not a food that should be purposely be fed to bearded dragons. There are much better foods for them to eat out there.


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