Can Bearded Dragons Eat Parsley? (All the Info)

Can bearded dragons eat parsley?

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You might worry that since garlic or onion prove poisonous to a bearded dragon the spice parsley would, too. Instead, it affords your reptile important nutrients although it doesn’t top the list of items your pet likes to eat.

Can bearded dragons eat parsley?

Yes, your bearded dragon can easily eat parsley. You should only feed raw, organic parsley to your pet reptile though. They should not eat processed parsley like the jarred kind you purchase on the spice aisle at the grocery store.

Can baby Bearded Dragons eat it?

Baby bearded dragons can also eat parsley. It doesn’t top the list of things they should eat while growing up though. You can feed parsley to bugs that you’ll feed to your baby beardies. Baby beardies need a mix of 75% protein (bugs) and 25% vegetable and fruit.

Feed the parsley to the roaches or crickets the day before you feed those bugs to your bearded dragon. Called gut loading, this ensures that they obtain the nutrients as a part of dining on the bugs.

Feeding instructions (serving size) and possible issues

Growing your own parsley offers the best option. Your reptile doesn’t need much parsley. Just add a tiny bit – a leaf or two of this spice – to its vegetable portion. Although the nutritional information bases consumption on 100 grams, even a human would not eat that much parsley in one dish or sitting. You should only include parsley as a portion of food once per week to once per month.

Nutritional value (benefits and risks)

Parsley contains lots of nutrients your reptile needs, most notably 138 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams of parsley. In tablespoons that means that for about eight tablespoons of parsley, your reptile would consume about 138 milligrams of calcium.

Parsley offers a lot of water, similar to watermelon, but unlike lettuce, it also offers some protein (2.97 grams per 100-gram serving). For each serving, the reptile would consume 36 calories, less than one gram of fat (0.79 grams) and 6.33 grams of carbohydrate.

Besides calcium, your bearded dragon would also benefit from 58 milligrams of phosphorus, 133 milligrams of vitamin C, 6.2 milligrams of iron, and trace amounts of vitamins A, B6, E, and K. The spice contains about 56 milligrams of sodium, too.

Considerations about the types of parsley and different parts

Parsley falls into the same category as carrots, meaning the animal can sometimes eat it, but you should not make it a diet staple. Bearded dragons need a high-calcium diet and eating too much parsley can stop their bodies from absorbing calcium.

That may seem ironic since it contains a lot of calcium, but parsley also contains a large storehouse of oxalates, which binds calcium. When oxalates bind to calcium, its stops their absorption into the body. For example, kale contains 20 milligrams of oxalates per serving, while parsley contains 1700 milligrams.

A bearded dragon of any age can consume any part of parsley. You can pluck leaves from the parsley you grow in your window sill garden to feed your beardie. You can use the same parsley to cook with for yourself. In vegetables and fruits, you and your reptile eat the same items. Just as you do when cooking for yourself, you should wash the spice first.

Alternatives to eating this for Bearded Dragons

Your reptile may also enjoy a few other treats. If you’d like alternatives to parsley, try any of the following foods:

  • Bok Choy,
  • Dandelion Greens,
  • Kale,
  • Mustard Greens,
  • Swiss Chard.

They offer good sources of calcium, too, plus they don’t have an inordinate amount of oxalates.

Recommended food and treats for Bearded Dragons

If you need a quick menu for shopping for food for your pet, consider this menu. These foods offer the greatest nutritional value.

  • Bugs: Dubia roaches, crickets, super worms, and earthworms.
  • Fruits: peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and watermelon.
  • Vegetables: kale, cabbage, collard greens, pumpkin, sweet potato, and carrots.

If your reptile wanders your kitchen window garden and munches a bit of parsley, you shouldn’t worry. While some herbs, such as garlic, would poison a bearded dragon, parsley offers some nutritional value. If you run out of cabbage or strawberries, you can safely feed your reptile parsley.

Feed an adult bearded dragon once per day. They’ll eat about 10 bugs at this meal and a one-quarter serving of that in vegetables and fruits. That means, for example, three blueberries, one strawberry, and two slices of sweet potato and green pepper with a leaf of kale. You chop all of the ingredients to their meal up into tiny bits, so it makes it easy for them to eat it.

Foods to avoid giving a Bearded Dragon

Avoid feeding baby bearded dragon mealworms. For the first 18 months of their life, they should not eat mealworms. Instead, feed them super worms.

The outer shell of a mealworm contains chitin, a substance that juvenile bearded dragons cannot digest. Feeding to them stunts their growth.

Despite their love of dining on many bugs, most notably roaches and super worms, these reptiles can’t eat many things that you might otherwise reasonably think they could, for instance, fireflies, spiders, and ticks. These types of bugs poison the bearded dragon.

These reptiles also cannot eat chicken, fish, or beef, although they eat small bugs. The meats don’t process the same way in their bodies.

Processed anything is a no-no for these reptiles. They can’t eat bread.

They cannot eat avocado, eggplant, iceberg lettuce, celery, onion, or garlic either. With respect to lettuce and celery, those vegetables contain too much water and no redeeming nutritional value that the bearded dragons need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is parsley poisonous to bearded dragons?

Parsley is not poisonous to bearded dragons, but if they eat too much of it, it can cause digestive issues such as bloating and diarrhea. It’s important to monitor their intake and make sure they’re not eating too much parsley.

Is parsley a staple for bearded dragons?

Parsley is not a staple food for bearded dragons, and should not be relied on as a primary source of nutrition. Bearded dragons have specific dietary requirements that should be met in order for them to stay healthy, and parsley should only be offered as an occasional treat.

Additional Sources & Resources

We also have a series of resources about bearded dragons, including:

And check out this list of academic resources about bearded dragon diet and whether beardies can eat spinach:

  • The Bearded Dragon: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Steve Grenard. This book is a comprehensive guide to caring for bearded dragons. It includes information about bearded dragon nutrition and feeding, including the role of herbs like parsley in their diet.
  • The Bearded Dragon: Biology, Husbandry, and Natural History by U. Fritz and T. Wiewandt. This book is a detailed guide to the biology, husbandry, and natural history of bearded dragons. It includes a chapter on bearded dragon nutrition, which covers the basic principles of feeding bearded dragons and the role of herbs like parsley in their diet.
  • Feeding and Nutrition of Reptiles by Z. L. Bartlett and G. Grüneberg. This book is a comprehensive guide to the feeding and nutrition of reptiles. It includes a chapter on bearded dragon nutrition, which covers the basic principles of feeding bearded dragons and the role of herbs like parsley in their diet.
  • Nutrition and Feeding of Reptiles by F. W. Martin and M. R. Rose. This book is a detailed guide to the nutrition and feeding of reptiles. It includes a chapter on bearded dragon nutrition, which covers the basic principles of feeding bearded dragons and the role of herbs like parsley in their diet.
  • The Bearded Dragon Manual by Philippe de Vosjoli. This book is a practical guide to caring for bearded dragons. It includes information about bearded dragon nutrition and feeding, including the role of herbs like parsley in their diet.

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