Can Bearded Dragons Eat Parsnips?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are closely related to parsley and the carrot plants. They are a root vegetable and usually taste better if cooked.

It is a biennial plant and normally grown as a annual.

This veggie has a cream-colored flesh and skin and a long and tuberous root. It becomes sweet in flavor after winter frosts. [Source: Wikipedia]

So can bearded dragons eat parsnips safely at all?

In particular we need to look at the protein, fat, sugar, fibre, acidic content, phosphorus, calcium, and water content.

It s important to have a good balance of 1:1 or 2:1 for calcium to phosphorus content for a food to be safe for a bearded dragon.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 314 kJ (75 kcal)
18 g
Sugars 4.8
Dietary fiber 4.9 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 1.2 g
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 67 μg
Vitamin C (20%) 17 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.49 mg
Vitamin K (21%) 22.5 μg
Calcium (4%) 36 mg
Iron (5%) 0.59 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (27%) 0.56 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 71 mg
Potassium (8%) 375 mg
odium (1%) 10 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.59 mg
Other constituents
Water 79.53 g

As you can see from the above data there is a disproportionate ratio for calcium to phosphorus and a lot of acidic and water content in parsnips.

Therefore parsnips are not good for bearded dragons and only in a rare occasion can they have a little bit of them.

Ideally you should not be feeding parsnip to your bearded dragon though.