can bearded dragons eat turnip

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Turnips?

Turnips are a round root vegetable that has white or cream flesh and also has edible leaves. It is part of the cabbage family.

The most common type of turnip is the white-skinned variety which has a red, purple of green top. The top is this color because this is the part that has protruded above the ground and develops stem tissue, but is fused with the root. Inside the vegetable, the flesh is entirely white. It is globular in shape, and measures about 5-20 centimeters in diameter.

It is used in many different culinary dishes and is also used in medicine as well.

So can bearded dragons eat turnips?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 4.4 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Dietary fiber 3.5 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 1.1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin (48%) 381 μg
(42%) 4575 μg
8440 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%) 118 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.4 mg
Vitamin E (13%) 1.88 mg
Vitamin K (350%) 368 μg
Minerals
Calcium (14%) 137 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (4%) 203 mg
Sodium (2%) Water (92%)

source wikipedia

Yes they can eat turnip. It is a vegetable to be eaten on an occasional basis, in small amounts. Here are the reasons why;

  1. The good thing about them is that they have a calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1 which means the amount of calcium that it contains is just about the same as the amount of phosphorus it has.
  2. It also has a moderate amount of acidic content but does contain a lot of water which is not good for dragons.

This means that they can’t have it too often.

Just cut them into strips so they are manageable for them to eat and remember to wash it thoroughly before feeding it to them.

 

 

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