We all know how flexible bearded dragons are when referring to what they can and can not eat. But it’s difficult to remember everything, especially when there are so many rules in place for feeding a dragon the right way.
From their age and overall health condition to a specific veggie or fruit and what’s the right serving size and feeding interval a dragon may need. All these are questions bearded dragon owners often times ask themselves.
Bearded dragons can eat cilantro. However, cilantro shouldn’t be staple in a dragon’s diet. In fact, it is recommended to feed cilantro only on an occasional basis. While dragons need a varied diet, they still need staple food items part of their diet, and cilantro is not on of them.
By now you should have an idea of what today’s post is about. I’d recommend reading the entire article to help you understand some basic principles about feeding a bearded dragon. These principles applies not only to cilantro but to other veggies and fruits.
Nutrition in Zucchini
100 Grams of fresh [Raw] Cilantro leaves contains the following:
|Nutrients in Cilantro||Amount|
|Vitamin A||6748 IU|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
As you can see, cilantro has a VERY high content of Vitamin A, which is a good think if served in moderation as bearded dragons do need to take their Vitamin A portion from their meals.
The calcium to phosphorus ratio is positive, which is what we need to see in most foods. It is very well known that one of the most common diseases in bearded dragons is Metabolic Bone Disease.
Metabolic Bone Disease occurs in bearded dragons – or any captive reptiles for that matter – when fed in excess foods that have a disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cilantro?
There are several foods bearded dragons should eat only from time to time. One of these foods is cilantro.
Let’s get one thing clear from the beginning. Cilantro refers to the stems and leaves of the plant, while coriander refers to the dried seeds of the same plant. Bearded dragons can eat both the seeds and the leaves and stems.
So yeah, cilantro is safe for bearded dragons but it can become problematic as well if some basic dietary rules are not followed.
Cilantro is, in fact, a rich source of Vitamin A while having moderate levels of oxalates, which is generally a good thing. It is definitely something you should look for in foods when referring to a dragon’s diet.
However, if your dragon is fed foods that are rich in Vitamin A too often, can cause them to suffer from Hypervitaminosis A. This is a common diseases that affects captive reptiles.
With that being said, yes, bearded dragons can safely feed on cilantro but only in moderation and small portion.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Canned Cilantro?
I wouldn’t do this if I were you.
Generally, canned vegetables, leafy greens, or fruits should be avoided due to the fact that most of them lose most of their nutrients. Another reason for which canned foods should be avoided is due to their moderate levels of added preservatives as well as chemicals.
These substances are meant to increase the shelf lifespan of canned veggies and can cause a unpleasant reaction in bearded dragons, which is why I strongly recommend only feeding your dragon fresh foods.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cooked Cilantro?
Same goes here.
Cooked foods are usually more spicy and lose most of their nutritional value.
Additionally, cooked foods can lead to diarrhea and other digestive related diseases in bearded dragons.
Remember that bearded dragons can not live without fresh foods [veggies] and that everything else should only come as a treat, but your key takeaways from this article should be that dragons need most of their meals to be fresh.
Can Cilantro Cause Harm to a Dragon? Or Is It VERY Beneficial?
Well, short answer, it can NOT.
But here’s the trick:
If served in moderation and mixed with other veggies, cilantro can in fact, provide your dragon with a boost in Vitamin A, but if served recklessly, can lead to sickness.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve been a dragon owner for a time now. In time, bearded dragon owners realize that there are staple foods bearded dragons very much need and there we have treats as well.
These should represent nothing more but a treat from time to time. Generally, serving “treat” foods on a daily basis can cause your dragon to react bad, get sick, can cause diarrhea, dehydration, runny stools, and so on.
How Often Can Dragons Eat Cilantro?
I know how it feels to google things and sometimes all you get is a vague and incomplete answer.
I told you cilantro should be fed to dragons occasionally, but what does that actually mean?
Well, I’d say that feeding your dragon cilantro mixed with other veggies once or twice a month is considered to be safe.
I wouldn’t do it too often though. If I were you I’d stick with what I know it’s safe and recommended and don’t make any tests on a living pet.
Preparing Cilantro For a Dragon
This very straight forward so I’ll just dive right into it.
- First of all, make sure you pick only fresh cilantro for your bearded dragon.
- Second of all, the cilantro needs to be properly washed to ensure any chemicals are removed prior to feeding it to your dragon.
- You need to clean and chop the cilantro before serving it to your dragon. I’d recommend leaving the rubber band on the stems to make the chopping process easier. It’s your choice, but make sure it’s properly cleaned and chopped.
- Time to mix the cilantro with other veggies and serve to your dragon.
It’s not imperative to chop the cilantro but it is to clean it properly. So if you feel like skipping a step, you can do so but never skip the cleaning step regardless of the type of food you’re preparing for your dragon.
As you can see, there are a few thing bearded dragon owners need to be aware of when it comes to feeding their reptile pet cilantro.
- Cilantro needs to be fresh.
- Dragons can eat coriander as well, which refers to the dried seeds of the plant.
- Cilantro needs to be properly washed/cleaned before being served to bearded dragons. Same rule applies to any type of food.
- Cilantro should only come as a treat and shouldn’t be fed as staple food.
- Your dragon may actually love the darn thing, but that doesn’t mean feeding on a daily basis is a good thing to do.
- You should avoid canned cilantro or cooked cilantro as these ones can lead to digestive issues in bearded dragons.
I think that sums it all. At least the most important aspects we covered in today’s post.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Parsley? Parsley can be safely fed to dragons but only on an occasional basis. Parsley has a disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio which is not ideal for bearded dragons. Make sure to only feed it from time to time and not as staple food.
What Should a Bearded Dragon Eat Daily? Knowing that bearded dragons are able to eat a variety of foods from insects and veggies to fruits and leafy greens, it may seem a bit difficult to learn what are the things they can actually eat on a daily basis. But here are some staple foods you can feed to your dragon: Squash, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Endive, Escarole, and they can take their animal protein from wax worms, silk worms, phoenix worms, caterpillars and so on.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tuna Fish? Definitely not. Tuna fish has a high mercury content. You can’t remove the mercury content from tuna fish, therefore you should completely avoid feeding your dragon tuna fish as it can prove to be very had for their health.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oregano? Well, yeah, but only occasionally. In fact, oregano is on the List of Safe Herbs to be fed to bearded dragons but that doesn’t mean it should make up a large percent of their diet. I’d feed oregano only once or twice a month and only mixed with other veggies.