Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots? Things You Should Know

A lot of people in the bearded dragon community especially new owners wonder if bearded dragons can eat carrots. Well, the short answer is yes but there are a few issues you should be aware of. This guide will teach you if bearded dragons can eat carrots and their pros and cons.

Yes, bearded dragons can eat carrots. Carrots, known to be a healthy food for us humans, can also be a part of your bearded dragon diet. But to better understand how carrots fit into the overall diet of a dragon, you need to understand a few things first.

Typically adult bearded dragons should be eating 80% plants and 20% insects. Carrots are definitely a safe option to add to their diet. It can be fed only once or twice a week. You can also feed it to baby bearded dragons but not on a regular basis.

How Often can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Bearded dragons can eat carrots once or twice a week but not as a staple food. In the wild, carrots are not part of dragon’s diet however it does offer some great health benifits:

  • Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene which is great for boosting imune system, promote healthy skin and improve vision.
  • It also contains fiber which help in digesting exoskeleton of insects like Dubia roaches.

Raw Carrot Nutritional Stats

(% indicates the amount of HUMAN daily intake for reference only)
Carrot Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz.)

Nutrition Amount
Energy173 kJ (41 kcal)
Carbohydrates9.6 g
Sugars4.7 g
Dietary fibre2.8 g
Fat0.24 g
Protein0.93 g
Vitamin A equiv.835 μg (104%)
beta-carotene8285 μg (77%)
lutein and zeaxanthin256 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1)0.066 mg (6%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2)0.058 mg (5%)
Niacin (vit. B3)0.983 mg (7%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.273 mg (5%)
Vitamin B60.138 mg (11%)
Folate (vit. B9)19 μg (5%)
Vitamin C5.9 mg (7%)
Vitamin E0.66 mg (4%)
Calcium33 mg (3%)
Iron0.3 mg (2%)
Magnesium12 mg (3%)
Manganese0.143 mg (7%)
Phosphorus35 mg (5%)
Potassium320 mg (7%)
Sodium69 mg (5%)
Zinc0.24 mg (3%)
Fluoride3.2 µg

Carrots have a balanced ratio of phosphorus and calcium that is more safer then most plants.

Calcium is neccessary for bone development and overall well being. Phosphorus is a mineral that binds with calcium, thus preventing it from entering a bearded dragon’s bloodstream. Consuming too much phosphorus can lead to many health issues in bearded dragons such as metabolic bone disease.

Even though carrots offer many benifts, it cannot be offered as a staple food to your beardie. Because it doesn’t contain suficient amount of calcium and has a lot of Vitaman A that could lead to health problems since bearded dragons tend to be highly susceptible to vitamin A toxicity.

Do Carrots Cause Vitamin A Toxicity in Bearded Dragons?

If your bearded dragon is currently receiving Vitamin A or beta carotene supplements, or any type of multivitamin that may contain Vitamin A or beta carotene, you should see your veterinarian before giving them carrots. Because combining these supplements with a diet containing substantial amounts of Vitamin A can create toxicity in your dragon.

Carrots are unlikely to cause Vitamin A toxicity by themselves  However, when they are consumed alongside vitamin A supplements, they can sometimes increase the vitamin A level above the recommended limit, which can lead to the uncomfortable symptoms of vitamin A toxicity.

If you find any of the below signs in your beardie, it may be suffering from Vitamin A toxicity also known as hypervitaminosis A.

  • Swelling
  • Decrease in energy 
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration

Take your dragon to a vet immediately if you detect any of these issues.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat All Kinds of Carrots?

Bearded-Dragon-Eating-Carrots

You might ask what type of carrots you can feed your bearded dragon. Here is the detail explaination.

Colors: White, yellow, purple and orange may appear different in color however they share the same nutritional properties. You can feed all type colored carrots to your beardie once or twice a week.

Raw vs cooked. Bearded dragons can eat both raw and cooked carrots but keep in mind cooking will reduce its nutrients.

Baby vs large carrots. Go for large carrots when you have to choose between baby and large carrots for your beadie. Some people in the bearded dragon community don’t recommend baby carrots at all because it carry harmful preservatives. However they are perfectly safe if washed properly. To avoid any preservatives, always go for a fresh whole carrot.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrot Tops?

Carrot tops contain oxalates, which, like phosphorus, restrict calcium from being taken into the bloodstream of bearded dragons. If oxalates reach the kidneys, in addition to MBD, this may result in kidney stones. If you want to be on the safe side, don’t feed it more than once a month.

How can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Here is how to serve raw carrots to your beardie:

  • Thorougly wash the carrots
  • Use a cheese grator to break the carrot down to small manageable pieces. A cheese grater with a medium-size grate is one of the best tools you can use to prepare carrots for bearded dragons. The cheese grater will make the tedious work an easy job.
  • Cut the carrot into longer stringy stands no more than 1.5 inches long. Avoid cutting into any other shapes as it will become difficult for your beardie to swallow.
  • Serve alone or with a salad

Conclusion

Carrots are safe for bearded dragons to eat. It should not be used as a staple food. Because of the low amount of calcium, carrots should not be fed on regular basis. You can feed your beardie carrots once or twice a week.

Make sure you wash the carrots properly and cut down into small mangebal peices.

About Tariq Aziz

I am working as Chief editor at MY BEARDIES. I have been working in the publishing business for over a decade now. I love reptiles and I love talking about them. I have years of experience in herpetoculture. I have cared for many reptiles including bearded dragons, geckos, and skinks since childhood. Follow me on: Linkedin | Instagram | Twitter

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