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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bell Peppers? What You Should Know!

Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Bearded dragons love eating vegetables of all kinds, just like we humans do. Leafy greens, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, carrots, and cabbage are just a few of the things that bearded dragons expect to see in their daily salads. However, some veggies, like iceberg lettuce and celery, should not be offered to bearded dragons because they are full of water but low in the nutrients that these animals need to thrive. But can bearded dragons eat bell peppers? The short answer is yes, but there are a few considerations to make before you start feeding your bearded dragon any bell peppers. Here is what you need to know.divider-bearded dragon

Bell Peppers Are Nutritional for Bearded Dragons

Bell peppers do contain nutrients that are beneficial for bearded dragons, which is why they are a great occasional addition to their salad meals.

Bell peppers are healthy because they contain the following nutrients that are crucial for this animal:
  • Vitamins. Bell peppers contain vitamins A, C, B6, E, and K, all of which your bearded dragon requires for good overall health.
  • Minerals. Folate and potassium are also contained in bell peppers, which help your bearded dragon grow strong bones, muscles, and vision.
  • Antioxidants. Like most vegetables, bell peppers are filled with antioxidants that support the immune system and aid in proper digestion.

It is important to note that green bell peppers are not as nutritious as other colored bell peppers because they are not as developed and ripe. Therefore, yellow, orange, and red bell peppers should be offered to your bearded dragon more often than green ones.

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Bell Peppers Should be Fed to Bearded Dragons Sparingly

Even though bearded dragons can benefit from the nutrients found in bell peppers, this product should not be offered to your pet every day. The first reason for this is that they are so full of water. All that water can overhydrate your bearded dragon and give them diarrhea. Bell peppers are low in calcium too, of which bearded dragons need a large amount.

They would be better served being offered veggies that contain higher calcium levels, such as kale and broccoli. Also, bell peppers are high in phosphorous. Too much of this nutrient can actually suck the calcium out of their body and put your dragon at risk of developing metabolic bone disease. This can occur when bearded dragons consume too much phosphorous and too little calcium and is most prominent in younger animals, usually under the age of 2.divider-multipet

Fun Ways to Offer Bell Peppers to Your Bearded Dragon

You can offer your bearded dragon a piece of fresh bell pepper straight from the kitchen as-is — after you core and de-seed it, of course. However, this is not the only way that you can feed your beloved pet this colorful, sweet veggie.

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Here are fun options to consider:
  • Add It to Salad. A bearded dragon’s salad can get boring if it contains nothing but kale, tomatoes, and carrot shavings. Spice things up by adding a few yellow and red bell peppers to their salad for added color, texture, and flavor.
  • Blend It Up. Your bearded dragon can enjoy a morning power smoothie too! Just blend a little bell pepper, spinach, and yogurt, then give your pet about a tablespoon’s worth at a time as a snack. The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. Adding a pinch of powdered calcium supplement will increase the nutritional value and help thicken the smoothie.
  • Utilize It as Treats. Cut small pieces of bell pepper up, and use the pieces as treats when trying to get your bearded dragon comfortable with you handling them. The treat should help ease their fear as you gently hold and stroke your pet.

Always buy organic bell peppers when possible to minimize the number of pesticides that your bearded dragon consumes. You should thoroughly scrub the veggie before serving it, even if it is organic.divider-food2

Final Thoughts

Do not be afraid to feed your bearded dragon bell peppers, but do so with caution. Make sure that this product makes up little of your pet’s diet overall, and ensure that your pet is getting a wide variety of vegetables throughout the week. Do you plan to feed bell peppers to your bearded dragon? Why or why not? We would love to learn your thoughts!

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Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Rachael has been a freelance writer since 2000, in which time she has had an opportunity to research and write about many different topics while working to master the art of fusing high-quality content with effective content marketing strategies. She is an artist at heart and loves to read, paint, and make jewelry in her spare time. As a vegan, Rachael is obsessed with helping animals in need both in her community and anywhere in the world where she feels she can make a difference. Animals also happen to be her favorite topic to write about! She lives off the grid in Hawaii with her husband, her garden, and her rescue animals including 5 dogs, a cat, a goat, and dozens of chickens.