can bearded dragons eat rocket

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rocket?

Rocket has a pungeant, peppery flavor which is very strong compared to other types of herb.

It is often used in salads and mixed with other greens., or used with pasta or meats especially in mediterranean cuisine.

It is also known as salad rocket, ruclla, rucoli, rugula, colewort, roquette or arugula.

So can bearded dragons eat rocket 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.

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.

Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 25 Kcal 1%
Carbohydrates 3.65 g 3%
Protein 2.58 g 5%
Total Fat 0.66 g 3%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g 4%
Folates 97 µg 24%
Niacin 0.305 mg 2%
Pantothenic acid0.437 mg 8%
Pyridoxine 0.073 mg 6%
Riboflavin 0.086 mg 7%
Thiamin 0.044 mg 4%
Vitamin C 15 mg 25%
Vitamin A 2373 IU 79%
Vitamin E 0.43 mg 3%
Vitamin K 108.6 µg 90%
Sodium 27 mg 2%
Potassium 369 mg 7.5%
Calcium 160 mg 16%
Copper 0.076 mg 8%
Iron 1.46 mg 18%
Magnesium 47 mg 12%
Manganese 0.321 mg 14%
Phosphorus 52 mg 7.5%
Selenium 0.3 µg <1%
Zinc 0.47 mg 5%

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As you can see, rocket contains a lot of calcium. Quite a lot for a bearded dragon, but would be great for younger bearded dragons who need the calcium.

It is also very acidic and has probably too much for bearded dragons.

They can eat a very small amount of rocket, but not too much at all, if any.

There are better foods for them to eat.

Image “Eruca sativa 1 IP0206101” by Leo Michels – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons