Can bearded dragons eat daisies? This is another common question that I get from my readers. In this post, I will share with you some important information on this matter.
The truth is that bearded dragons can eat a variety of plants and vegetables. However, not all available fruits, flowers, and vegetables are good for your beardies.
So, can bearded dragons eat daisies?
Yes. Bearded dragons can eat daisies. Daisies are some of the plants that are good for bearded dragons.
Apart from daisies, bearded dragons can also eat a variety of plants such as carrot, dandelion chard, zucchini, papaya, green beans, mango, apple, pear, alfalfa, parsley, basil, etc.
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How to Prepare Daisies for Bearded Dragons?
Bearded dragons can suffer from digestive problems if they eat unsafe foods. That said, when preparing daisies, you have to clean daisies under the faucet.
Running water is perfect when cleaning vegetables or fruits to wash all the chemicals and pesticides.
Pesticides and chemicals could potentially harm your bearded dragons. Although you don’t apply chemicals on the daisies, they can get pesticides from your neighbors’ garden.
However, if you are living in a rural area with virtually no neighbors, pesticides won’t be an issue.
In my case, I don’t feed my beardies with vegetables not grown in my backyard. I just want to make sure that my beardies get the cleanest food available.
I love gardening so it is easy for me to grow vegetables. I have squash of many varieties, papaya, basil, and green beans in my backyard.
If you have some vacant space in your garden, you can also grow your own vegetables and plants for your bearded dragons.
You can buy beardies’ food in the supermarket though. Those commercial fruits and vegetables are also fine. But if you want your beardies safe, growing your own veggies can be the best idea.
It is important to note that daisies or other fruits and vegetables alone are not enough. Bearded dragons need a balanced diet.
Although they eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, they need a source of protein. This is the reason why they need insects and other little animals.
However, bearded dragons’ dietary needs are dependent on their age. Younger beardies tend to eat more proteins. As a result, they consume more insects such as bugs and or worms.
The reason behind this is that young beardies are in their growing state so they need more building blocks – protein to sustain their speedy growth.
Adult bearded dragons, on the other hand, don’t consume as much protein as they used to. They are not growing anymore. What they need instead are nutrients and minerals that can be found in fruits and vegetables and other plants including daisies.
However, as mentioned, not all plants are safe for bearded dragons. Some fruits, for instance, can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems when ingested in large amounts.
If you are not sure what plants you should be giving to your beardies, here is the list of plants safe for your bearded dragons.
Edible Plants and Flowers for Bearded Dragons
The following plants are safe for your beardies;
- Babies Tears
- Carnation Petals
- Day Lilies
- Hollyhock flowers
- Mulberry leaves
- Pansies flowers
- Rose petals
- Rosemary flowers
- Sage flowers
- Yucca flowers
As you can see, there are a variety of plants you can choose to feed to your bearded dragons. However, it is very important to note that every bearded dragon has a food favorite.
I see this in my beardies too. They seem to have different favorites when it comes to salad. But they are not all picky.
My recommendation is that take 4-5 types of fruits and mix them together when making a salad. The trick here is to add more color to the food so that bearded dragons will find it enticing to eat.
This strategy works well especially if you have a picky bearded dragon. When dealing with picky beardies, you should be patient and be able to make adjustments.
The other technique is to chop fruits or vegetables small enough for the bearded dragons to swallow.
Not only that, but smaller pieces also make it difficult for beardies to pick their favorite fruits and vegetables.
It is also important to remember that there some fruits that could potentially cause diarrhea and dehydration if ingested in large amounts.
In most cases, those fruits are high in water content. Avoid those foods if you want to keep your beardies safe from digestive problems.
Some of the food you want to avoid feeding your bearded dragons are lettuce, fireflies, avocados, rhubarb, beet tops, spinach, and many others.
Here is a quick glimpse as to why your beardies should not eat the mentioned foods.
- Lettuce does not contain a nutritional value (although bearded dragons love it).
- Fireflies have toxic substances that could kill bearded dragons.
- Avocados are high in oxalic acid, a fatal substance for bearded dragons.
- Rhubarb is toxic to bearded dragons.
- Beet tops are nutritious but could also cause calcium deficiency and bone disease on beardies.
- Although bearded dragons can eat spinach, it should be in a small amount. This is because spinach is like beet tops that contain chemicals that could cause bone disease.
Before giving your bearded dragon food, make sure that you know what is good for them. Daisies are examples of plants you can give to your beardies.