Bearded Dragons are considered some of the most intelligent pets that humans can own. These animals have such a diverse habitat that their available foods are diverse as well. This is why the bearded dragons are considered to have an omnivorous diet.
The short answer is that yes, bearded dragons can eat Kohlrabi, but it should be eaten in moderation. You will have to feed only tiny quantities of Kohlrabi to your pet bearded dragons, as treats. You can even avoid it completely if you want to keep your pet safe, seeing that it has high amounts of water and is not all that suited for the bearded dragon’s diet.
Kohlrabi actually a stout, low variant cabbage. It is usually consumed either cooked in different meal recipes or raw. This vegetable will feature contents such as fiber, phosphorus, water, protein, fat, acids, calcium, and sugar, among others.
This plant contains a bigger amount of water than the dragon would need. The Kohlrabi is also acidic, which makes it really bad for your bearded friend.
Green leafy vegetables should be a big chunk of the dragon’s diet. All of the nutrients from these vegetables will be very important to both adult dragons and young ones as well, although the younglings will consume a diet more inclined towards insects and adults will have to rely mostly on the benefits of vegetables.
The high amount of water found in Kohlrabi is one of the most important reasons why you shouldn’t overfeed your bearded dragon with this vegetable. This is because, when these animals eat fruits or vegetables with high contents of water, they might suffer from side effects such as diarrhea.
A part of the phosphorus and calcium that come from this vegetable will have a positive effect on the bearded dragon’s natural growth. There is a mismatch between calcium and phosphorus content that the dragon won’t be able to handle and this is the main reason why Kohlrabi isn’t a great food option for the pet.
You can offer it to the beardie as a treat from time to time, but adding it as a regular part of its diet would be a pretty bad idea. You should consider giving it other types of vegetables instead.
As I have already said, there is a fixed proportion of calcium to phosphorus that has to be kept in check in the bearded dragon’s diet. This ratio is either 1:1 or 2:1.
A bad aspect of Kohlrabi is that this vegetable is somewhat outside this perfect ratio. This means that feeding this vegetable to a bearded dragon, especially in higher amounts, can be a hit on the animal’s general health. You should make sure you keep track of this ratio regardless of what kinds of vegetables you give to your beardie.
There are quite a few vegetables you can replace Kohlrabi with, and I will share them below. There really are quite a lot of vegetables that the bearded dragons can eat safely.
You might have a bunch of restrictions on giving your pet Kohlrabi, but you’ll surely have fewer restrictions if any if you choose any of the plants below.
Depending on the geographical region, some of these plants or all of them should be available, so choose a combination of any of these plants and make the perfect salad for your bearded dragon.
You can even add some vegetables that are not on this list but keep in mind to avoid feeding your bearded dragons with any vegetables that have a high content of water.
Yes, cranberries can be added to the diet of bearded dragons, but as with most other vegetables, they should be offered in moderation. Occasional feeding won’t lead to any problems, but you should keep in mind that there are few minerals in cranberries that, if ingested in excess, can cause issues to their health.
Although bearded dragons can eat cucumbers as a whole, they should avoid eating cucumber seeds. Cucumber seeds should be avoided completely, while the cucumber itself should only be offered occasionally as a treat. When ingested in larger quantities, it can cause a lot of digestive problems and even diarrhea, due to its rich water content.
No, oranges are very bad in a bearded dragon’s diet. They will be very detrimental to the pet’s health especially due to their high sugar and citric acid content. Eating these types of fruits can lead to dehydration, diarrhea, or even worse for your beardie.
Yes, as long as they are consumed in moderation, carrots will be great for your bearded dragons. They have a whole bunch of nutrients inside of them and a great deal of vitamin A. Although it helps a lot, vitamin A can also come with side effects if too much is ingested. So make sure you don’t overfeed your beardie with carrots and don’t give it any if you’re already supplementing the amount of vitamin A intake.
Even though pretty counterintuitive, too many vegetables from the broccoli, spinach, and romaine family can lead to some health issues for your dragon. Seeing that they don’t even bring that much to the table in terms of nutrients, your pet will be better off without them in its diet. On the other hand, your bearded dragon will surely enjoy peaches, strawberries, watermelon, apples, and other fruits.
Yes, you can feed kale to your bearded dragons as long as it is in moderation. As long as you don’t give it too much, it will have considerable positive effects on your pet’s health and development. If you’ll give it too much kale, due to its high sugar content, it will damage the beardie’s teeth and lead to heart and liver issues.
Each bearded dragon is different from another, so they will all need caring individually. What one of them likes may not interest another.
So, stay observant of their needs, experiment safely, and adjust as per their liking. Just take a note of water-rich or poisonous vegetables not to feed bearded dragons.