Can Bearded Dragons Eat Eggplant ? The answer is, they can! However, you should only feed them eggplant occasionally when it comes to their diet and not as a staple. While it is safe for your bearded dragon to eat, there are far more beneficial foods for him/her. This should be an ‘every now and then’ supplemental food. Not a staple.
How To Prepare Eggplant for My Bearded Dragon
Bearded dragons can eat the inside flesh of the eggplant but the skin and seeds should be removed before feeding. The pieces should be very small and fed to your beardie infrequently.
Served raw. Slice them into pieces no longer than 2 inches for an adult bearded dragon. Size will vary depending on your beardie’s size. Check out the vegetables for bearded dragons.
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Advantages of Feeding My Birdie Eggplant
Eggplant has a high water content which means it will not fill your creature up, therefore, making sure he/she continues to have an urge to eat. A small piece of eggplant is very low calorie so you do not have to worry about weight gain or obesity for your bearded dragon.
Disadvantages of Feeding My Bearded Dragon Eggplant
Eggplants are part of the nightshade family of vegetables. While these are safe for human consumption there are some that believe they might be harmful to other animals. Therefore, you should ask yourself if you want to take the risk of feeding them eggplant.
While eggplant offers some beneficial nutrients, the high levels of acidity are often overlooked. These high levels can become a problem for your bearded dragon if consumed at a high level.
The acidity levels of eggplant are significantly higher than any other vegetable. Too much acidity in your bearded dragons diet can lead to metabolic bone disease.
Having said that, you should only feed them eggplant every now and then as a treat. And if you decide to do so , remember it is best served RAW!
While eggplant is fairly safe for your birdie to eat, it cannot be fed as a staple. Just like with any treat or food you give them there is always a chance that they can become sick.
As long as the pieces are very small and served infrequently, there shouldn’t be any problems.