Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Zucchini?
Yes – bearded dragons can eat zucchini multiple times a week, but make sure it’s combined with calcium rich green veggies!!
Zucchini is a kind of summer squash which is perfectly fine for your bearded dragon to eat on a weekly basis. You need to ensure you’re combining the zucchini with other nutrient dense veggies like dandelion, mustard greens, and kale.
Pro Tip – Make sure to dust your other veggies with a calcium supplement! Beardies need a 2:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorous or they might get metabolic bone disease (MBD).
The reason for slight caution is because zucchini has high water content compared to mineral content. Basically this means it takes a lot of zucchini to get the minerals needed. And because of the high water content your favorite lizard friend will get the runs.
Best to be extra sure and add the zucchini with other dense veggies.
IMPORTANT – Make sure your zucchini is thouroughly washed from any pesticides or herbicides, and be sure to cut it into small pieces no greater than the width of their heads!
If you’re curious – we’ve developed a complete food list for your bearded dragon. It’s got all the good stuff your favorite lizard friend will like!
Long Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Zucchini?
Here’s the good news:
Zucchini has some positive which should be addressed in full, and explained so you understand why it’s okay for your beardie to eat it.
Here are a couple reasons zucchini is good for your favorite lizard friend:
1. High Water Content
94% of zucchini is just water. Plain and simple, which is true for most squash actually.
The reason we list this as a positive is because often bearded dragons have initial problems with drinking water. By adding zucchini to their veggie mix you can guarantee they’re getting their water content.
It’s a double-edge sword though, and a reason to be cautious. By only feeding them zucchini you’re running the risk of your beardie getting diarrhea
Like everything in life, moderation is key!
2. Low Oxalates
Oxalate is considered an antinutrient because it binds to good nutrients, like calcium, and will prevent those nutrients from being absorbed in the body.
For humans there’s some evidence that oxalate might contribute to kidney stones, but for the most part there isn’t a concern with eating foods high in oxalate.
Your bearded dragons system is very sensitive to this compound. This is especially true if you combine the oxalate and fiber together which will cause a total lack of nutrition absorption for your bearded dragon.
Zucchini has a low oxalate content which means the calcium they eat will get absorbed which is a net positive.
Here’s the bad news:
Zucchini has a couple qualities which make it a slightly cautious food choice and not one for every day feeding.
1. Poor Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio
If you get anything from this article I want it to be the importance of this ratio. Bearded dragons are incredibly sensitive to their Calcium:Phosphorus ratio.
You want to shoot for a 2:1 ratio (calcium:phosphorus) for the foods you feed your beardie.
Unfortunately Zucchini has the opposite ratio with it being 1:2 (calcium:phosphorus), which is why it’s highly recommended you dust the additional veggies with a calcium supplement if you’re feeding your beardie zucchini.
Pay close attention to this ratio and always shoot for 2:1.
The Bottom Line
Feel free to give your favorite lizard friend zucchini – just pay close attention to the ratio we mentioned.
Like I said, it’s highly recommended you add the calcium supplement (without D3) to your food anyways, especially zucchini.
When you’re preparing it, be sure to cut into tiny pieces and add to the salad they’re getting already.
If you have any questions feel free to ask below!!