You’ve heard of how bearded dragons can eat a wide variety of foods. But, have you ever wondered if bearded dragons can eat iceberg lettuce? Is it a safe food for your pet lizard?
Yes, bearded dragons can eat iceberg lettuce. However, due to their low nutritional value and high water content, I don’t recommend this variety of lettuce should be fed to them. Feeding them iceberg lettuce too much and too often will result in your beardie having digestive issues such as diarrhea and an upset stomach.
Why You Should Avoid Feeding Iceberg Lettuce To Your Bearded Dragons?
Iceberg lettuce is not nutritious for bearded dragons. It contains very little in the way of vitamins and minerals, which are essential for maintaining a balanced diet. It has a very little amount of calcium and protein, two important nutrients that bearded dragons need to maintain healthy bones and eyesight.
Due to their low nutrients and high amount of water content, iceberg lettuce isn’t an ideal food to feed them daily or too often. This variety of lettuce will harm your beardie more than it will help them.
Is It Healthy For Bearded Dragons To Eat Iceberg Lettuce?
Iceberg has some nutrition such as calcium, potassium, folate, and vitamin C. However, these nutrients are in a small amount. This is not enough to support the health of your beardie.
The only thing that iceberg lettuce has a good amount of is water. Iceberg lettuce has about 95% water content. This makes them great for keeping your beardie hydrated.
However, too much water in their diet is bad for their health. It can lead to diarrhea and an upset stomach.
Can Baby Bearded Dragons Eat Iceberg Lettuce?
You should avoid feeding any iceberg lettuce to your baby bearded dragon. This variety of lettuce has very little nutrition that your baby beardie will not benefit anything from eating it.
Also, it’s high in water content, which will cause digestive issues such as diarrhea and an upset stomach.
Other veggies that are better for baby bearded dragons are carrots, mustard greens, collard greens, and yellow squash. These vegetables can be fed to them daily.
How Often Can Bearded Dragons Eat Iceberg Lettuce?
Bearded dragons are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and plants. In fact, they should be fed a diet that contains both animal protein and plant matter to stay healthy. While there is no need to include iceberg lettuce in your bearded dragon’s diet, it can make a great treat for them on occasion.
To prevent any health issues from arising due to eating iceberg lettuce, your beardie should only be served a small amount of iceberg lettuce, once a month.
Other Vegetable That Bearded Dragons Can Eat
Kale is a nutritious food that bearded dragons can eat. It’s rich in beta carotene, vitamin K, and iron. They enjoy kale as long as it isn’t drenched in dressing or mixed with other vegetables that they don’t like. It makes a great snack, and you can even use it to make salads for your pet. Just remember to remove the center stem unless you’re feeding them fresh out of the garden!
Collard greens are a great addition to the bearded dragon’s diet. They contain calcium, vitamin A, and other nutrients your bearded dragon needs to stay healthy.
Romaine lettuce can indeed be a part of a bearded dragon’s diet. Just make sure that it is washed and free from pesticides, and provide your pet with fresh water daily. Check out our Instagram page if you want to learn more about taking care of bearded dragons!
In this article, we talked about some of the reasons iceberg lettuce is not a nutritious choice for bearded dragons. Keep in mind that iceberg lettuce can be fed to your beardie, but it should only be given sparingly. There are other varieties of lettuce that you can feed to your bearded dragons which are much healthier, such as butterhead lettuce and romaine lettuce.
Dan got started with his first reptile, which was a green iguana, at the age of 10. From there, he has raised many different species of reptiles. Besides caring for reptiles, he enjoys woodworking, playing basketball, and spending free time with my 4 wonderful kids.