So today, we decided to help parents of bearded dragons by telling them can bearded dragons eat green beans?
“Vegetables are a must on everyone’s diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” It’s quite impossible for a pet owner to sit and relax and do nothing.
They are constantly worried about their pets and every other thing they get their hands on, these pet owners wonder if it is safe for their pets to consume as well
Aren’t we stating facts?
We know we do, and we know this much about pet parents because we like to take care of these pet parents who are always taking care of their fur babies.
How do we help them? By clearing their doubts and giving them suggestions on what is good for their pet and what is not.
And now we are here which means we have some more help to offer. We have so much to tell you and so much to ask you as well.
Beans and Bearded Dragons
“I was determined to know beans closely.” While its not too difficult to excel at being a pet parent but when you being this journey, you surely face a lot of difficulties in so many things.
From what is good for them and what must be avoided to how many times they should be fed and take bath and also about their exercise and sleeping schedules.
Ah! We know that was a lot to grasp, but since you are already a pet parent, you don’t have to worry about all this.
Talking about bearded dragons and whether they like to eat green beans or not, or if they are safe for them you first need to know that bearded dragons are not very choosy or selective when it comes to their food.
So, it’s you who has to decide what is best for them and find out what they enjoy the most. And if you are worrying if green beans are fit for them or not, we are going to find it out together for you.
Can Bearded Dragons eat Green Beans?
If we have to tell you in simple words, bearded dragons can eat green beans or string beans as they are commonly known by this name as well. They are safe, nutritious, and healthy for you bearded dragon. In-fact a research claims that green beans are thoroughly enjoyed by the dragons and so they should be added to their diets. Wondering what about the rest of the information on this?
You know our theories are never so pale and out of information. We love focusing on every bit of detail. And yes, this time also, we have done a lot of research before providing you with correct information about green beans given to beardies.
All the conditions in which green beans can/cannot be given to a bearded dragon are mentioned below. Let’s read about all if’s and but’s we have in our bag for you and your baby dragon.
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So, we are about to discuss all the conditions in which green beans are fit/unfit for consumption by a bearded dragon.
The very first and obvious thing to keep in mind before giving green beans to your beardie is to make sure they are fresh and thoroughly washed.
Old, rotten, soggy, fertilizers and pesticides filled or dirty beans are a no-no for the bearded dragon since they can make your dragon fall ill and you must avoid this from happening. The second thing to ensure is that all the beans are evenly chopped before your dragon eats them.
As you know, bearded dragons have small mouths and they cannot chew or swallow big bites or pieces of food. If you have a full-grown bearded dragon, he will easily cut and bite a full-sized bean without any problem and can swallow it easily.
But if your dragon is still a baby and you think it is not easy for them to chop or cut full-sized bean on their own, you must chop the beans for the little dragon.
Although, green beans are soft and your dragon can just swallow them directly without chewing them but that is the very reason they need to chop them first.
If they swallow an un-chopped green bean, there are chances that it will get stuck in their throat and can suffocate your beardie which is definitely harmful.
If you give them un-chopped or just slightly cut beans, they can choke your dragon. So here another no-no for you. So, it’s better to choop them finely after washing them thoroughly and then let your beardie enjoy his treat.
A lot of people ask if it is fine to give their bearded dragons some cooked or frozen beans. We have a detailed analysis on them as well.
Can Bearded Dragons eat Cooked Green Beans?
Yes again. Or should we say that it’s a bit of both yes and no. You can feed cooked green beans to your bearded dragon without any hesitation but the only thing you need to know is that cooked green beans lack nutritional level in comparison to raw green beans.
As you know, bearded dragons don’t eat a bulk of food. They don’t need to be fed with huge amounts of treats of greens all the time. Even if it’s a full-grown beardie, they eat a lot less than any other pet animal.
This makes it even more important to make sure that whatever they eat is always best for them and full of nutrition.
So, ensuring that the bowl of food you are feeding them is full of nutrition and is not just something that will fill their stomach up, try giving them raw green beans instead of cooked ones.
But since cooked green beans are not harmful but just less nutritional for a bearded dragon, you can give them cooked green beans every once in a while.
The very next question that cross our reader’s mind after getting answers on cooked green beans is that whether or not it’s ok to feed canned or frozen green beans to the beardo, right?
Let’s see what’s the answer to this query.
Can Bearded Dragons eat Frozen Green Beans?
In the above section, we discussed how it is important for you to feed your beardie with fresh and raw green beans because of their high nutritional quality.
When we talk about frozen beans, it’s a straight and big no for a bearded dragon to eat.
As you know, food is frozen so that it can last longer without spoiling and so they have added preservatives in it.
These preservatives can be harmful for your beardie’s health and so you must not give them frozen beans or any kind of frozen food.
Talking about canned beans, they too, are sealed with lots of preservatives and salts.
Just like preservatives, the nitrogen gas present in packed food along with the salts are also harmful for your dragon’s health.
Always go for fresh, clean, raw and dry beans for your baby beardie. Now since the can and freezer mystery is solved, let’s move forward and solve some more dragon and beans problem.
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We have almost solved all the possible questions about a bearded dragon eating green beans. But we haven’t yest discussed the beans in general.
What about the other beans?
There are a lot more beans in the market than just green beans. What about them? Are they safe for a beardie and if not then why?
Now let’s understand this aspect of beans and beardie in detail.
What Beans can Bearded Dragons eat?
We know there are coffee beans, kidney beans, cranberry beans, black turtle beans and many kinds of bean available in the market that might not be harmful for your bearded dragon but they aren’t recommended as well.
The only type of bean left for your dragon to eat is green bean, so it doesn’t matter if you have any other bean available in your house, if you want to give them beans for breakfast, you must feed them with only green beans.
One of the reasons behind it is that bearded dragons must be given 80-90% of flower and vegetable-based food. And only 10-20% other type of food including fruits.
So, based on this study, you must feed them with green beans only. We will discuss with you all the other kinds of food fit for your beardie’s diet but before that let’s update you on how can you feed green beans to your bearded dragon.
How To Feed Green Beans To Your Bearded Dragon?
You know how to prepare green beans before presenting them to the beardie to eat. All the washing, chopping and cutting.
But if your beardie is eating them for the very first time, you have to be extra careful. They might like green beans or maybe it will take them longer to start liking them. You can give them sliced, snapped or just tossed green beans to eat. The add it to their regular bowl of meal with all the other vegetables and food in it.
If he is eating beans for the very first time, stay there to see how the react to eat. Whether they are eating them just as normally as they are eating the other vegies in thew bowl, or they are picking them specifically or another thing they might do is leaving all the green beans out whenever they find a piece and are not too interested in eating them.
This will give you a lot of hint about the kind of reaction your bearded dragon has towards green beans. While most of the bearded dragons are not too picky or selective, some pampered kids might show tantrums and will make you do some extra hard work to feed them green beans.
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We have got some more additional information for you on bearded dragons. But before making you read all the extra treasure of knowledge, let us fulfil the commitment we have made above on telling you about all the fruits, vegetables and flowers that your beardie can eat without hesitation.
What Vegetables can Bearded Dragons eat?
Starting with the kind of vegetables you should give to your bearded dragon followed by a list of the same. Try to make a large part of their daily diet enriched with anything dark green and leafy. Try to include most of the yellow, red, and orange vegetables as well to make his diet more balanced and colourful.
Avoid fibre-rich, nutrient-poor and vitamin-deficient light green vegetables. They might not be harmful for them, but aren’t useful as well.
Here’s all the must ass vegies:
- Collard greens
- Beet greens
- Mustard greens
- Red or green cabbage
- Red, yellow, green bell peppers
- Green beans
- Sweet potato (cooked)
Those were most the vegetables that you can give to your bearded dragon.And here’s a list of fruits that you must give to your beardies.
- Bananas (with skin)
- Star fruit
Some edible flowers for bearded dragons:
These lists are giving the vibe of a buffet for a bearded dragon, isn’t it?
And now it’s finally time for you to grab all the extra knowledge we have been talking about.
Here all what you need to know about a bearded dragon apart from what they can eat and what they can’t.
- Make sure the flowers you are giving to your beardie are not rotten.
- Always wash your hands after feeding your bearded dragon after feeding them or handling them in any way,
They carry a lot of bacteria and parasite that is not harmful of them but can be to you.
- Make sure the food you are giving to your beardie is not binding their calcium intake.
Calcium is of utmost important for bearded dragons and shouldn’t be put at risk at any cost.
- Vegetables that contain goitrogens or the substances that suppress thyroid gland function by interfering with iodine uptake, for example; cabbage, kale, and mustard greens, should be given with caution since their excessive intake may lead to hypothyroidism in bearded dragons.
- Try to occasionally include animal-based foods in your beardies diet because they contain rich source to protein that is passed onto the giant lizard and it helps them in their growth.
Done and dusted.
Now go and prepare a balanced, germfree, nutritious, healthy and tasty meal for your little dragon.
A single vegetable can be both dangerous and nutritious for your bearded dragon. It only depends upon how you are preparing it and how you are feeding it to them.
Also, there can be many tasty and healthy options for a bearded dragon apart from green beans. Explore and update yourself! How to feed your dragon some green beans and whether they should be fed to them or not?