what herbs can bearded dragons eat

What Herbs Can Bearded Dragons Eat?

Herbs are plants that are used for food, flavoring, medicine or perfume. They are often used in culinary situations and are distinguished from spices.

They refer to the parts which are leafy green whereas the spice is located in another part of plant.

There are many different herbs that are found across the world, indeed a list of common herbs can be found here http://extension.illinois.edu/herbs/directory.cfm

A typical adult bearded dragon diet should be 80% plant life and 20% insects. The plant life should be a mixture of vegetables, plant life including herbs, and fruit. A juvenile between 2-4 months should have a diet that is the opposite which is 20% plant life and 80% insects.

So what herbs can bearded dragons eat, and what herbs do they need to avoid?

Here we list the herbs that bearded dragons can and can’t eat. If there is a herb that is not on the list here, then we don’t have any information as to whether bearded dragons can eat it and is best to avoid of you are unsure.

Just a warning, although herbs may seem an ideal food for bearded dragon, most are quite acidic in their nutritional nature and so should only be fed in small amounts on an occasional basis.

Basil – Basil is fine for bearded dragons to eat. Just ensure that they don’t eat too much though as they are high in fiber.

Chives – They are not a good food for them to eat as they are high in acidic content. A food to avoid.

Cilantro – This is fine to eat on an occasional basis in small amounts as it has a little acidic content.

Dill – Too acidic for bearded dragons. Avoid.

Fennel – This is fine for bearded dragons to eat.

Garlic – Not good for them to eat as it is potentially toxic to bearded dragons.

Lavender – This is fine for them to eat.

Lemongrass – This is fine for them to eat.

Mints – This is fine for them to eat

Parsley – Not good for bearded dragons to eat as it is high in oxalates.

Oregano – This is fine for them to eat.

Rosemary – This is okay for them to eat on an occasional basis in small amounts. It is high in fiber.

Sage – Not good for them to eat

Tarragon – Not the best food but they can eat small amounts of it on an occasional basis.

Thyme – This is fine for them to eat, it should be eaten on an occasional basis in small amounts.

 

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