Bearded dragons are omnivores. They can eat a variety of foods including insects, vegetables, greens, and some fruits. Here we are going to discuss a question, “can bearded dragons eat moss?”
The answer is no, Bearded Dragons can not eat moss because it is difficult to digest and makes them ill. Moss is not a safe food item for bearded dragons. The moss causes sickness in them and severely damage the digestive system and disturbs the immune balance. So, don’t try to give moss to Bearded Dragons.
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Some people may ask you that moss is a suitable food item for reptiles and lizards. But bearded dragons are different and sensitive pet. Moss have too much harmful materials for a Bearded Dragon to handle. Moss can cause severe stomach infections and may death of the bearded dragon.
Instead of moss, there are many good options in the vegetation portion of diet for Bearded Dragons. But keep in mind that you can not feed moss to your bearded dragon.
Why the moss is not safe for bearded dragon ?
Moss contains too much harmful material from the soil. All these materials can make your bearded dragons really sick. Moss are found everywhere. Therefore feeding moss to bearded dragons is common. But it is one of the hardest surviving food item in the planet. They absorb anything from the soil. They also absorb huge amount of calcium and potassium from earth. Here we are going to explain some reasons that why your bearded dragon can not eat moss?
It does not have sufficient nutrients that are vital to assist them grow happy and healthy. All moss possess very low calcium and nitrogen content. Besides nutrient’s deficiency, there are many other health risks for feeding your Bearded Dragon moss.
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The moss absorbs toxic things from air and soil that can be very harmful for your bearded dragon’s immune system. Bearded Dragons can also be intoxicated by this. If the moss is damp and your bearded dragon eats this moss, this can get the beardie drunk as the humans get drunk when drink alcohol.
As you see, there are much less nutritional factors and more health risks are associated with this food item, it is not really suggested that you give your Bearded Dragon moss. Instead of moss you can your bearded dragon alfalfa that possess more nutrients than moss. You can also choose other food sources containing good amount of vitamins and calcium.
Bearded dragons have a sensitive digestion system, therefore they can not digest moss easily. This takes up a lot of energy and other resources to digest moss.
Can baby bearded dragons eat moss?
No, the baby bearded dragons can not eat moss like the adult bearded dragons. The reason is that moss is hard to digest and the baby bearded dragons are very sensitive and tiny pet so, they can not digest it. The moss will damage the digest system of baby beardie and harm it’s immune system..
There is a question that the beardie keepers ask; If bearded dragon eat moss, then what should I do?
If accidently you bearded dragon eat moss than in emergency situation, you can food your beardie a lot of water that will make it feel better. But you should also immediately contact a doctor. If your bearded dragon ingest moss then it show symptoms with in short time. It will show symptom of bad stomach. For this, you must have to consult a vet immediately. The vet will give you medicine and food recommendations for bearded dragons that will relax your beardie. You should strictly follow the instructions given by the vet and your bearded dragon will be fine very soon.
What the bearded dragon can eat instead of moss ?
The following greens that the bearded dragons can eat instead of moss. The following food items are safe for bearded dragons and they can eat it regularly.
- Dandelion leaves
- Collard greens
- prickly pear
- Endive or escarole
- Mustard greens
- Turnip sprout
The following greens are the food that the bearded dragons can eat occasionally
- Bok choy
- Cabbage, green
- Cabbage Napa
- Celery leaves
- Grape leaves
- Pea sprouts
Moss is not a safe food for bearded dragons so, they can not eat. Bearded dragons have a sensitive digestion system, and the moss can disturb their digestive system, weaken the immune system and make the bearded dragons sick. In short it is harmful both for adult and baby bearded dragons.
I am Nick James, I have been three male beardies since 2015. I love to take care of my pets and their diet. Here, I am sharing my personal experiences and strategies to grow up your cute pet.