Food Chart Key
Green Feed daily, staple
Black Feed occasionally
Blue Feed rarely
Yellow Questionable
Red Never

Remember - use your best judgement when choosing foods for your beardie. I came up with the color coded chart to help get you started. It is based on how I feed my beardies, lots of research, and vets I have spoken to.

~Veronica

(Click on underlined words to view the photo of the food item.)
Food Item
Ca:P
Protein
Fat
Fiber
Sugar
Water
Notes
Alfalfa             Great staple (alfalfa plant, not sprouts)
Alfalfa sprouts
1:2.2
4%
.7%
2%
.2%
93%
Good source of vitamins A & K
Apple (peeled)
1:1.8
.2%
.3%
1.9%
11.5%
85%
 
Apricot (fresh)
1:1.4
1.4%
.4%
2.4%
9.3%
86%
High vit.A (26 IU/g)
Artichoke Heart (raw)
1:2
3.2%
.2%
5.4%
1.0%
85%
Good source of Vitamins C & K.
Arugula (raw)
3:1
2.6%
.7%
1.6%
 
92%
High vit. A (24 IU/g), bitter flavor

Asparagus (raw)

1:2.7
2.3%
.2%
2.1%
2%
92%
 
Avocado
1:4
2.1%
17.3%
4.9%
1%
73%
Unknown toxicity - deadly for birds
Banana
1:3.3
1.0%
.5%
2.4%
18.4%
74%
High phosphorus
Basil (fresh)
2.2:1
2.5%
.6%
3.9%
 
90%
High vit. A (39 IU/g)
Beans, Garbanzo (canned)
1:2.8
5.0%
1.1%
4.4%
3.8%
70%
Low oxalates (24 ppm)
Beans, Green (canned)
1.4:1
1.2%
.1%
1.9%
 
93%
Moderate oxalates (312 ppm)
Beans, Green (raw)
1:1
1.8%
.1%
3.4%
 
90%
Moderate oxalates (312 ppm)
Beans, Kidney (canned)
1:3.9
5.2%
.3%
3.5%
 
78%
Moderate oxalates (312 ppm)
Beans, Lima (canned)
1:3.5
4.9%
.2%
4.8%
8.5%
77%
 
Beans, Pinto (canned)
1:2.1
4.9%
.8%
4.6%
 
78%
 
Beans, Soybeans (canned)
1:2.4
16.6%
9.0%
6.0%
 
63%
Moderate oxalates (770 ppm), goitrogens
Beef (ground, low fat)
1:15.5
26.1%
11.7%
0%
 
61%
High phosphorus and protein
Beet Greens (fresh)
3:1
1.8%
.1%
3.7%
 
92%
High oxalates, high vit. A (61 IU/g)
Beets (canned)
1:1
.9%
.1%
1.7%
6%
91%
High oxalates (15,000 ppm)
Bell Pepper (green)
1:2
.9%
.2%
1.8%
 
92%
Moderate oxalates (1171 ppm)
Bell Pepper (red)
1:2
.9%
.2%
2.0%
 
92%
High vit. C (19%), high vit. A (57 IU/g), moderate oxalates (1171 ppm)
Bell Pepper (yellow)
1:2.2
1.0%
.2%
.9%
 
92%
 
Blackberries (fresh)
1.5:1
.7%
.4%
5.3%
7.9%
86%
Moderate oxalates, vit. C (2%), high in fiber
Blueberries (fresh)
1:1.6
.7%
.4%
2.7%
7.3%
85%
Moderate oxalates
Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage)
2.8:1
1.5%
.2%
1.0%
1%
95%
High vit. C, high vit. A (30 IU/g), goitrogens
Borage (raw)
1.75:1
1.8%
0.7%
0%
.9%
93%
High in potassium.
Bran, Wheat (substrate)
1:73
15.6%
4.3%
42.8%
 
10%
High phosphorus and fiber
Bread, White
1:1
8.2%
3.6%
2.3%
 
37%
Great for hiding meds in
Bread, Whole Wheat
1:3.2
9.7%
4.2%
6.9%
 
38%
Great treat and for hiding meds in
Broccoli (raw)
1:1.4
3.0%
.4%
3.0%
 
91%
High vit. C (9%), mod. oxalates, goitrogens
Butterworms  
16.2%
5.2%
   
59%
 
Cabbage, Green (raw)
2:1
1.4%
.3%
2.3%
2.7%
92%
High vit. C (3%), goitrogens
Cabbage, Red (raw)
1.2:1
1.4%
.3%
2.0%
5.4%
92%
High vit. C (6%), mod. oxalates (350 ppm)
Cactus Pad/Leaf (raw)
2.3:1
.8%
.5%
      Great staple veggie, high calcium
Cactus Pear (Prickly Pear)
2.3:1
.7%
.5%
3.6%
 
88%
Great staple veggie, high calcium
Cantaloupe (fresh)
1:1.5
.9%
.3%
.8%
8%
90%
High vit. A (32 IU/g)
Carrots (raw)
1:1.7
.8%
.5%
1.8%
6.6%
90%
High vit. A (150 IU/g), moderate oxalates
Cauliflower (raw)
1:2
2.0%
.2%
2.5%
2.2%
92%
Goitrogens
Celery (stalk & leaves)
1.6:1
.8%
.1%
1.7%
1%
95%
Finely chop
Chayote
1:1
.8%
.1%
1.7%
 
94%
Moderate oxalates (340 ppm)
Cheerios
1:1
11.0%
6.0%
9.0%
 
3%
High vit. D, A, and B vitamins
Cherries
1:1.6
1.1%
.2%
2.1%
12.8%
82%
Good source of potassium.
Chicken (cooked)
1:16.7
27.1%
4.1%
0%
 
68%
High phosphorus, high protein (white meat)
Chicory
2:1
1.7%
.3%
4.0%
.9%
92%
High calcium & fiber
Chives
1.6:1
3.3%
.7%
2.5%
 
91%
High vit. C, high oxalates, high vit.A (44 IU/g), potential toxicity
Cilantro (Coriander)
1.4:1
2.1%
.5%
2.8%
 
92%
High vit. A (40 IU/g), mod. oxalates (50 ppm)
Clover             Great treat
Collard Greens
14.5:1
2.5%
.4%
3.6%
 
91%
Great staple, high calcium, moderate oxalates
Corn, Yellow
1:13
2.6%
1.0%
2.0%
5.4%
77%
High phosphorus, mod. oxalates (99 ppm)
Cranberries (fresh)
1:1.3
.4%
.2%
4.2%
 
87%
High fiber
Cricket (before gut loading)
1:12
21.3%
6.0%
3.2%
 
70%
Gut-load & dust to increase calcium
Cucumber (peeled)
1:1.5
.6%
.2%
.7%
2.3%
97%
Good source of water, poor nutritional value
Dahlia (flower)             Great treat
Dandelion Greens
2.8:1
2.7%
.7%
3.5%
2.4%
86%
High calcium, high vit. A (140 IU/g), moderate oxalates, be cautious of pesticides in wild greens
Earthworm  
10.0%
2.0%
   
84%
Do not buy worms raised for bait.
Egg (whole, hard boiled)
1:3.4
12.6%
10.6%
0%
 
75%
 
Eggplant (raw)
1:3
1.0%
.2%
2.5%
3.4%
92%
Moderate oxalates (291 ppm), could be toxic to Beardies ???
Endive
1.9:1
1.3%
.2%
3.1%
1.2%
94%
Mod. oxalates, high calcium
Escarole             High calcium, mix with other greens
Figs (raw)
2.5:1
.8%
.3%
3.3%
6.9%
79%
High in calcium & fiber. Moderate oxalates.
Garlic             Potential toxicity
Grape Leaves (not ivy)
4:1
5.6%
2.1%
11.0%
 
73%
High in vit. A (270 IU/g), high calcium & fiber
Grapefruit (fresh)
1.2:1
.6%
.1%
0%
6.2%
91%
High vit. C (4%)
Grapes (red & green)
1.4:1
.6%
.4%
1.0%
16%
81%
Moderate oxalates (34 ppm)
Guava
1:1.3
.8%
.6%
5.4%
6%
86%
High fiber & vit. C, mod. oxalates (140 ppm)
Hibiscus, Rosella (flower)
2.7:1
1.6%
.1%
2.5%
 
86%
Great treat and excellent source of vitamins
Hibiscus, Rosella (leaves)
2.3:1
3.3%
.3%
1.6%
 
85%
 
Honeydew (fresh)
1:1.7
.5%
.1%
.6%
 
90%
 
Hornworms
1:3
9%
3%
85%
Info provided by Rob at Great Lakes Hornworm
Kale (raw)
2.4:1
3.3%
.7%
2.0%
2.2%
84%
High vit. A (89 IU/g), mod. oxalates, goitrogens
Kiwi (fresh)
1:1.5
1.0%
.4%
3.4%
9%
83%
High oxalates, and high vit. C (10%)
Kohlrabi (raw)
1:2
1.7%
.1%
3.6%
4.5%
91%
High vit. C (6%), goitrogens
Leeks (raw)
1.7:1
1.5%
.3%
1.8%
3.9%
83%
 
Lemon Grass (Citronella)
1:1.5
1.8%
.5%
25.3%
 
71%
High fiber
Lettuce, Loose Leaf
1.4:1
1.3%
.2%
1.0%
 
96%
Poor nutritional value, may cause diarrhea
Lettuce, Iceburg
1:1
1.0%
.2%
1.4%
1.8%
96%
Poor nutritional value, may cause diarrhea
Lettuce, Red Leaf
1:1.2
1.3%
.2%
.9%
 
96%
Poor nutritional value
Lettuce, Romaine
1:1.3
1.6%
.2%
1.7%
2%
95%
Poor nutritional value, high vit. A (26 IU/g), high oxalates
Mango (fresh)
1:1
.5%
.3%
1.8%
14.8%
82%
High vit. A (39 IU/g), moderate oxalates (300 ppm)
Mealworm
1:25
20.3%
12.7%
1.7%
 
62%
Low calcium, high phosphorus & fat, hard chitin shell
Mushroom, Portabella (raw)
1:16.3
2.5%
.2%
1.5%
 
91%
High phosphorus, WARNING - some mushrooms can be very toxic to Beardies.
Mustard Greens
2.4:1
2.7%
.2%
3.3%
.8%
91%
High vit. C (7%), high vit. A (53 IU/g), moderate oxalates (1287 ppm), goitrogens
Nasturtiums (flowers)             Great treat
Nectarine
1:3
.9%
.5%
1.6%
8.5%
86%
 
Okra (raw)
1.3:1
2.0%
.1%
3.2%
2.4%
90%
Moderate oxalates
Olives (canned, pitted)
29:1
.8%
10.7%
3.2%
 
80%
High in calcium and fat, high vit. E (3%)
Onion             Potential toxicity
Orange, Mandarin
1.4:1
.6%
.2%
2.3%
 
88%
Navel oranges have more vit. C and less vit. A
Orange, Navel
2:1
1.0%
.1%
2.4%
8.9%
87%
High vit. C (6%), moderate oxalates (87 ppm)
Papaya (fresh)
5:1
.6%
.1%
1.8%
5.9%
89%
Great staple fruit, high calcium, high vit. C (6%)
Parsley
2.4:1
3.0%
.8%
3.3%
1.1%
88%
High oxalates (14:1 ox:ca), high vit. C (13%), high vit. A (51 IU/g)
Parsnip (raw)
1:2
1.2%
.3%
4.9%
4.8%
80%
Moderate oxalates (205 ppm), high fiber
Pea sprouts (raw)
1:4.6
8.8%
.7%
62%
High in vitamins A & K
Peach (fresh)
1:2.4
.7%
.1%
2.0%
8.7%
88%
Low oxalates (10 ppm), goitrogens
Pear, Asian (fresh)
1:2.8
.5%
.2%
3.6%
 
88%
High oxalates
Pear (fresh)
1:1
.4%
.4%
2.4%
10.5%
84%
High oxalates
Peas, Green (raw)
1:4.3
5.4%
.4%
5.1%
4.5%
79%
 
Peas, Snap (pea & pod)
1:1.2
2.8%
.2%
2.6%
 
89%
Moderate oxalates (60 ppm)
Pepperment Leaves
3.3:1
3.8%
.9%
8.0%
 
79%
High vit. C, high vit. A (43 IU/g), high fiber
Phoenix Worms
1.52:1
17.3%
9.4%
   
65%
Good source of calcium. www.Phoenixworm.com
Pineapple (canned)
2:1
.4%
.1%
.8%
 
86%
Moderate oxalates (58 ppm)
Pineapple (fresh)
1:1
.4%
.4%
1.2%
12%
87%
Moderate oxalates (58 ppm)
Pinky Mouse
1:1
          Very high in fat
Plum (fresh)
1:2.5
.8%
.6%
1.5%
7.5%
85%
 
Pomegranate
1:2.7
1.0%
.3%
.6%
9%
81%
Moderate oxalates (140 ppm)
Pork Chop (cooked)
1:7.8
30.2%
8.1%
0%
 
61%
High in phosphorus.
Potato, Russet (cooked)
1:5
1.7%
.1%
1.8%
1%
77%
Mod. oxalates (150 ppm), high phosphorus
Potato, Sweet (cooked)
1:1.3
1.7%
.3%
1.8%
5%
73%
High vit. A (171 IU/g), mod. oxalates (1000 ppm)
Prunes (canned)
1:1.5
.9%
.2%
3.8%
 
71%
 
Pumpkin (raw)
1:2
1.0%
.1%
.5%
4.4%
92%
Moderate oxalates (400 ppm)
Radicchio
1:2
1.4%
.3%
.9%
 
93%
 
Radish (raw)
1:1
.6%
.5%
1.6%
2.7%
95%
Moderate oxalates (92 ppm)
Raisins (seedless)
1:2
3.2%
.5%
4.0%
62%
15%
Great treat, high fiber, high sugar content
Raspberries (fresh)
1:1.2
.9%
.6%
6.8%
 
87%
Moderate oxalates
Rhubarb
6:1
.9%
.2%
1.8%
.9%
94%
Highly toxic! High oxalates (13,360 ppm)
Rice (brown, long grain)
1:8.3
2.6%
.9%
1.8%
 
73%
Must be cooked
Rosemary (fresh)
4.8:1
3.3%
5.9%
4.0%
 
68%
High calcium and fiber.
Rutabaga (raw)
1:1.2
1.2%
.2%
2.5%
5.6%
90%
Goitrogens
Salmon, Pink (canned)
1:1.5
19.8%
6.1%
0%
 
70%
High protein
Sardines (canned)
1:1.3
24.6%
11.5%
0%
 
60%
High protein
Seaweed (Kelp)
4:1
1.7%
.6%
1.3%
 
82%
High calcium
Silkworm
1:2.4
63.8%
unk
unk
 
76%
Contain an enzyme called serrpeptase, this has properties that make calcium absorption more efficient, can reduce inflammation, pain and best of all it can break down arterial plaque.
Spaghetti (cooked)
1:7
4.8%
.7%
1.7%
 
66%
 
Spearmint
3.3:1
3.3%
0.7%
6.8%
 
86%
 
Spinach
2:1
2.9%
.4%
2.7%
.4%
92%
High in vit. A (67 IU/g), high in oxalates (19:1 ox:ca), goitrogens
Sprouts, Brussel
1:1.6
3.4%
.3%
3.8%
2.2%
86%
High vit. C (8%), goitrogens
Squash, Acorn
1:1
.8%
.1%
1.5%
2.2%
88%
 
Squash, Butternut (Winter)
1.5:1
1.0%
.1%
11.7%
2.2%
86%
High fiber, high vit. A (78 IU/g)
Squash, Hubbard
1:1.5
2.0%
.5%
8.7%
2.2%
88%
High fiber, high vit. A (54 IU/g)
Squash, Scallop
1:2
1.2%
.2%
3.8%
2.2%
94%
 
Squash, Spaghetti
2:1
.6%
.6%
6.9%
2.2%
92%
High calcium and fiber
Squash, Summer
1:1.8
1.2%
.2%
1.9%
2.2%
94%
 
Starfruit (Carambola)
1:4
.5%
.4%
2.7%
7.1%
91%
High oxalates (95,800 ppm)
Strawberries (fresh)
1:1.4
.6%
.4%
2.3%
5.7%
92%
High vit. C, moderate oxalates
Superworms
1:18
17.4%
17.9%
6.8%
 
60%
High phosphorus, dust or inject to increase calcium
Swiss Chard
1:1
1.8%
.2%
1.6%
1%
93%
High vit. A (33 IU/g), high oxalates
Swiss Cheese
1.6:1
28.4%
27.5%
0%
 
37%
High vit. D and A
Tofu (soft, raw)
3.6:1
8.1%
4.8%
.3%
.4%
85%
High protein (hasn't been tested for beardies...?)
Tomato, Red (raw)
1:5
.9%
.3%
1.1%
3%
94%
Moderate oxalates (263 ppm), acidic
Turnip (raw)
1:1
.9%
.1%
1.8%
3.8%
92%
Moderate oxalates (4:1 ox:ca), goitrogens
Turnip Greens
4.5:1
1.5%
.3%
3.2%
1%
91%
High vit. C (6%), high vit. A (76 IU/g), mod. oxalates
Watercress
2:1
2.3%
.1%
.5%
.4%
95%
High vit. C (4%), high vit. A (47 IU/g), high oxalates (6:1 ox:ca)
Watermelon
1:1
.6%
.4%
.5%
9%
92%
 
Wax Worms
1:7
15.5%
22.2%
7.7%
 
62%
High phosphorus, dust to increase calcium
Wheat Grass
1:1
25%
        Very nutritious for reptiles and humans.
Yams (raw)
1:3.2
1.5%
.2%
4.1%
.5%
70%
 
Yogurt (with active cultures)
1.3:1
4.4%
1.8%
0%
 
75%
Although yogurt can increase the good gut flora, it is now believed that beardies cannot properly digest dairy products.
Yucca Root (Cassava)
1:1.7
1.4%
.3%
1.8%
 
60%
 
Zophobas Worms
unk
19.0%
17.0%
unk
 
58%
 
Zucchini (raw)
1:4.4
2.7%
.4%
1.1%
2.2%
93%
High phosphorus

The following sites have some really good info regarding the oxalate content of specific fruits and veggies. Beware - there are several sites out there with misleading oxalate content info on them! The following can be trusted...

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/Other/oxalic.html

http://www.anapsid.org/iguana/cal_ox.html

Safe plants?

The following is a list of plants that are known to be safe for Bearded Dragons. This information was found at Melissa Kaplan's website (www.anapsid.org) as well as a few other sites (see below for other sites). Remember, when buying plants from a store, you have to replant them and wait 6 to 12 weeks for the pesticides to "grow out" before feeding.

Note: Photos of most of these plants are available, click on the underlined word to show the photo.

Plants proven safe for Bearded Dragons:

Alfalfa
Astilbe
Baby's Tears
Basil (leaves and flowers)
Chinese Lantern (flowers)
Carnations (petals)
Chamomile, English
Clover
Dahlia (flowerhead)
Dandelion (leaves, flowerhead)
Daylilies (flowers)
Dracaena (corn plant)
Fennel
Ficus (leaves)
Grape (leaves, fruit) (not ornamental grape ivys)
Impatiens
Johnny-Jump-Up Viola (flowers)
Hibiscus, Tropical (flowers, leaves)

Hibiscus, Blue (flowers, leaves)
Hibiscus Grandiflora (petals) - Thank you Dawn!
Hollyhock (leaves, flowers)
Hens and Chicks
Lavender
Maple (leaves)
Mesquite (leaves)
Mint/Peppermint
Mulberry (leaves) (silkworms eat these as well)
Nasturtium (flowers, leaves)
Oregano
Pansies (flowers)
Pea, Green Bean (leaves, pods)
Petunia
Phlox
Rose (petals)

Rose-of-Sharon (petals) - Thank you Dawn!
Rosemary (leaves, flowers)
Sage (leaves, flowers)
Spider Plant (leaves, sap might be a skin irritant)
Split-Leaf Philodendron (leaves)
Squash / Zucchini (flowers)
Thyme (leaves, flowers)
Violets (Not African Violets (flowers, leaves)
Wandering Jew (leaves, sap may be a skin irritant)
Yucca (flowers)

The following sites and persons helped provide some of the information above: http://www.geocities.com/gayla_carter/egplants.html
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07237.html
http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blflowers.htm

Dawn M.

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