Rosemary is one of the known herbs used for cooking. It has a fragrance that makes the recipe flavorful. But, is it healthy for bearded dragons too?
Bearded dragons can eat a variety of greens including herbs. However, you need to be careful because not all greens or herbs are safe for your beardies.
So, can bearded dragons eat rosemary at all?
Bearded dragons can eat rosemary on an occasional basis. This herb contains high calcium and fiber and a disproportionate ratio for calcium to phosphorus.
As you might already know, choosing the food for bearded dragons involves examining the appropriate calcium-to-phosphorus ratio. The ideal is 2:1.
Rosemary has disproportionate calcium-to-phosphorus ratio making it not good as a staple food for bearded dragons. But beardies can have it occasionally.
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What Other Herbs Can Bearded Dragons Eat?
If you cannot give rosemary to your bearded dragons, don’t worry, there are alternative herbs that bearded dragons can eat.
This is good news especially if you have an adult bearded dragon. It is because adult beardies tend to eat more greens than their younger counterparts.
In fact, adult beardies’ diet composed of about 80% greens. This may include a mix of fruits and green leafy vegetables.
For baby and juvenile bearded dragons, the percentage of green consumption is lower for only about 20%. This is because young beardies tend to eat more live insects to satisfy their protein needs.
In choosing greens especially herbs for bearded dragons, make sure that the herbs are safe and healthy. Some of the herbs and greens are not safe and therefore harmful for beardies.
In this post, I will share with you some of the herbs you can and cannot give to your bearded dragons.
The list below is short. There are many herbs out there not included in this list. The ones on the list are some that I personally know. If you want to know more, just do a quick on the internet.
My quick caveat is that, although some of the herbs below can be served to bearded dragons on an occasional basis, some beardies’ digestive system may react to them. So be careful. Bearded dragons are not created equal.
Generally, I don’t recommend herbs as staple foods for bearded dragons. You can offer herbs just on an occasional basis.
That said, I have included in the list below some of the herbs you can give to your beardies on an occasional basis.
Herbs for Occasional Consumption
Basil does not contain toxins that could harm your bearded dragon. However, because it is high in fiber, it is not as good as a staple food. Give it on an occasional basis only.
Cilantro contains acid but not too much for beardies. You can give it to your beardy as a treat on an occasional basis.
Fennel is fine for bearded dragons. You can add it to their salad every now and then. I found no problems with my beardies eating fennel.
Lavender is one of the safest plants you can offer to your bearded dragons. However, I just give it to my beardy on an occasional basis only.
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Bearded dragons can eat lemongrass. But only offer it occasionally. It contains high fiber.
Mints are also good as treats for bearded dragons. Although most of them are safe, I don’t recommend feeding your beardies with mints on a regular basis.
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Oregano is also safe as treats. Some bearded dragon owners recommend this as regular food. But I don’t. For the safety of your beardy, just offer it on an occasional basis.
Thyme is another good occasional food for bearded dragons. Just offer it in a small amount.
Herbs to Avoid
As mentioned, there are herbs that you avoid giving to your bearded dragons. These herbs contain high levels of acid, oxalates, and other harmful substances for bearded dragons.
The following are the example of herbs to avoid:
Sage is one of the herbs that I don’t recommend giving to your beardies. Even in a small amount is not good for bearded dragons.
Parsley is one of the plants that contain a high amount of oxalate acids. This substance will bind with other minerals such as calcium which in turn prohibits calcium absorption. When bearded dragons consume food high oxalates, they may develop the metallic bone disease, a more serious condition in beardies.
Dill is another plant to avoid. It contains a high level of acid which is not good for bearded dragons.
Related Article: Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dill?
Chives are not also good for beardies. The acid content is too much for them. Certainly, chives are some of the foods you should avoid giving to your bearded dragon.
Garlic is potentially toxic to bearded dragons. Needless to say that garlic should not be given to a beardy even in a small amount. It can potentially cause health issues to your bearded dragon.
When it comes to deciding whether a plant is for occasional or staple food, bearded dragon owners have different opinions. When I was just started, I was confused because different beardy owners had different suggestions.
If you are a beginner, you probably observe this. Well, my hunch is that this is because bearded dragons are not created equal. So they have a different experience of the same food.
What I can recommend is that, if you are not sure whether or not your beardy accepts the food well, just try it in a small amount and see what happens.
Little by little, you’ll find out what is the safest and best foods for your bearded dragons.
Final Thoughts on Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rosemary
Bearded dragons can eat a variety of herbs and this includes rosemary. Rosemary is safe for bearded dragons. However, just offer it on an occasional basis.
Although rosemary is safe, I do not recommend it as a staple food for beardies. I suggest that you do the same.
Aside from rosemary, there are many safe herbs that you can give to your bearded dragons. You can pick some of them from the list above.
However, there are herbs that you should avoid feeding your beardies. They can harm your beardy even in a small amount.
I hope that you get something from this post that will help you keep your beardy safe and healthy.
Thank you for reading.