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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Radishes? What You Need to Know
Radishes are inexpensive and easy to find, so it’s natural for many of us to wonder if our bearded dragons can eat them. The short answer is yes, your pet can eat them, but there are several things to consider before making them a regular part of your dragon’s diet. Join us while we go over the nutritional facts and possible dangers of feeding radishes to a bearded dragon, and we’ve also included a short guide on how to serve it.
Are Radishes Good For My Bearded Dragon?
Yes, there are plenty of nutritional benefits your bearded dragon will receive from eating radishes. It will get even more nutrition from eating the leaves and stems, and your pet will enjoy them just as much.
We’ll start with the benefits of water in radishes because some people might also put it on the bad list. There is a large amount of water in radish, and if you feed them too much, it could cause them diarrhea. However, that’s only likely to occur if you are providing your pet radish for every meal. In moderation, the water in radish is an excellent way to hydrate your pet, especially if your pet doesn’t like to drink water from a bowl.
Calcium and Phosphorus
Your bearded dragon has difficulty getting the calcium it needs, primarily because it cannot receive the amount of sunlight it gets from sitting in the desert by being cooped up in your home. You will need to add calcium supplements to your bearded dragon’s diet to help prevent metabolic bone disease (MBD), which causes a deterioration of the bones. You will also need to supplement their food with Vitamin D to help them absorb the calcium and give them food that follows the proper calcium to phosphorus ratio.
Phosphorus can bind to calcium and prevent its absorption into the body. To make sure your bearded dragon gets the calcium it needs, experts recommend feeding them food with a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 1:1 or 2:1 in favor of calcium. A radish has 25 milligrams of calcium and 20 milligrams of phosphorus per 100-gram serving, so the ratio is a little better than 1:1, making the radish an excellent source of calcium for your pet.
There is plenty of vitamin C in the fruit and leafy greens of the radish plant, and this nutrient is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost the immune system and help rejuvenate the skin and other parts of the body.
Vitamin B6, B9
B vitamins will help with muscle function and are essential for processes in the central nervous system. They also help prevent hypothiamosis, a condition sometimes misdiagnosed as MBD.
Your bearded dragon requires potassium for smooth muscle movement and to help reduce the risk of MBD. Radish has 233 milligrams per 100-gram serving.
Fiber is important for regulating the digestive system. It helps prevent the onset of diarrhea and constipation by controlling the amount of water in the intestines. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer by expelling harmful waste from the body faster. There are 1.6 grams of dietary fiber in every 100-gram serving of radish.
Can Eating Radishes Be Bad For My Bearded Dragon?
Yes, eating too many radishes can cause risks due to their sugar content.
Even though radish is a root vegetable, it has enough sugar that many people call it a fruit. Sugar can lead to a multitude of problems for your bearded dragon, including tooth decay and obesity. Obesity is a major concern for bearded dragons because it can lead to fatty liver disease, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and kidney problems. Obesity can also cause problems with mobility.
Tooth decay will affect what foods your pet can eat, and dragons that get used to eating sugary foods may stop eating healthy vegetables, which could lead to a nutritional deficiency.
How Should I Prepare Radishes For My Bearded Dragon?
Mix the leafy greens of the radish plant with other greens that you regularly provide and make them part of your pet’s standard diet. These leaves are quite nutritious, and many owners say that their dragons like the taste.
The radish root vegetable should only be served occasionally, in small amounts as part of a salad. You can also use radish as an excellent way to hydrate your pet when they are refusing to drink from their bowl.
To serve the leaves or fruit to your pet, chop them into small pieces and mix them with other greens, vegetables, and fruits like kale, dandelion greens, peppers, carrots, and apples into a small salad and sprinkle it with a calcium and vitamin D supplement like Fluker’s. Serve it to your bearded dragon as you normally would.
The radish plant’s leafy greens make an excellent addition to your bearded dragon’s diet, but they are not as easy to find as the radish root vegetable. If your pet refuses to eat and is becoming dehydrated, the sweet radish can be a great way to convince them to change its mind. However, there’s too much sugar in this vegetable to feed it regularly, and you should instead treat it like a fruit you give your beardie as an occasional treat.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.