Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil

Yes – it is safe for a bearded dragon to eat basil leaves but in moderation. The reason being is the calcium to phosphorus ratio is 3:1 which is higher than the recommended 2:1. Additionally basil is quite acidic. Therefore limit your bearded dragons intake of basil as too much could make them sick.

More Detailed Answer

Basil is a culinary herb that is often used in Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Southeast Asian, Italian and Cambodian cuisines to name a few.

Basil has a very sweet and pungent smell.

In order to determine in detail if a bearded dragon can eat basil we need to consider the protein, calcium, phosphorus, acidic, sugar, fat and fiber content.

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The most important thing for bearded dragons is the calcium to phosphorus ratio needs to be roughly 2:1.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
0.64 g
3.15 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

Therefore as you can see above the ratio for calcium to phosphorus content is 3:1 and therefore bearded dragons can eat basil but not every day.

This food should not be a staple in their diet and they should only be fed it in moderation as anything more can cause them to get sick.

Also it is important to thoroughly wash the basil before giving it to your beardie to avoid parasites and pesticides.