Can Bearded Dragons Eat Zucchini?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Zucchini?

Zucchini which can also be known as a courgette is a summer squash that can grow up to almost a meter in length.

Usually a zucchini however is harvested at only half that length as it will taste better and be more fresh then. The zucchini belongs to the species Cucurbita pepo [Source: Wikipedia].

So can bearded dragons eat zucchini safely at all?

Before we can decide this lets look at the nutritional facts for this veggie. In particular we need to know its calcium to phosphorus ratio which should be close to 1:1 or 2:1.

Water g 92.73
Energy kcal 21
Protein g 2.71
Total lipid (fat) g 0.40
Carbohydrate, by difference g 3.11
Fiber, total dietary g 1.1
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 21
Iron, Fe mg 0.79
Magnesium, Mg mg 33
Phosphorus, P mg 93
Potassium, K mg 459
Sodium, Na mg 3
Zinc, Zn mg 0.83
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 34.1
Thiamin mg 0.042
Riboflavin mg 0.036
Niacin mg 0.705
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.142
Folate, DFE µg 20
Vitamin B-12 µg 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE µg 25
Vitamin A, IU IU 490
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) µg 0.0
Vitamin D IU 0
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.083
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.031
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.169
Cholesterol mg 0

As you can see from the above information the calcium to phosphorus ratio is not good for bearded dragons.

Also the veggie is a little acidic.

Therefore this vegetable is not ideal for a bearded dragon but not too bad for them.

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