Collard Greens for Bearded Dragons
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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Collard Greens

Collard greens are a popular vegetable whose thick leaves are often cooked with other vegetables or meat to produce favorite dishes across many regions. The vegetable's popularity makes it easy to find in local gardens as well as most grocery stores. Nutritionally, collards are considered very healthy so it's no surprise many bearded dragon owners want to know if their beardie can eat this easy-to-find healthy green.

Collard Greens Nutrition

Below is the reptile nutrition label for collard greens. We created this label from data provided by the USDA and other reputable sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Collards (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories32Cal
Water Content89.62g
Carbohydrates5.42g
Total Carbohydrate5.42g
Fiber, total dietary4g
Sugars0.46g
Fat0.61g
Total Fat0.61g
Total saturated0.055g
12:00.002g
14:00.002g
16:00.046g
18:00.002g
Total monounsaturated0.03g
18:10.029g
Total polyunsaturated0.201g
18:20.082g
18:30.108g
20:40.002g
Proteins3.02g
Protein3.02g
Alanine0.105g
Arginine0.125g
Aspartic acid0.187g
Betaine0.4mg
Cystine0.025g
Glutamic acid0.204g
Glycine0.094g
Histidine0.047g
Isoleucine0.1g
Leucine0.151g
Lysine0.117g
Methionine0.033g
Phenylalanine0.087g
Proline0.105g
Serine0.078g
Threonine0.086g
Tryptophan0.031g
Tyrosine0.066g
Valine0.12g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca232mg
Copper0.046mg
Iron0.47mg
Magnesium27mg
Manganese0.658mg
Phosphorus, P25mg
Potassium, K213mg
Selenium1.3μg
Sodium17mg
Zinc0.21mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU5019IU
Vitamin A, RAE251μg
Alpha-carotene14μg
Beta Cryptoxanthin28μg
Beta-carotene2991μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin4323μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.054mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.13mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.742mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.267mg
Vitamin B60.165mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)129μg
Folate (from food)129μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)129μg
Vitamin C35.3mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)2.26mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)437.1μg
Choline23.2mg
Other
Oxalates30mg
pH7.5
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio9.3:1
Ca:P RatingExceptional
Safe to FeedDaily
HealthinessVery healthy

Notes/Instructions: Wash thoroughly. Remove stems. Chop into small pieces.
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A Bearded Dragon Super Food

Collard greens are one of the healthiest veggies we've come across for bearded dragons. They have an incredible amount of calcium, which should offset any calcium losses from the phosphorus and oxalates. Collards also have a great pH value, are low in sugar, and are rich in vitamin A and vitamin K.

Collard greens provide a natural way to boost your bearded dragon's daily calcium update. Simply mixing a few collards with lower-calcium meals will give your beardie extra calcium without the need for supplements.

How to Feed Collards to Bearded Dragons

Collard greens should be considered a bearded dragon superfood and can be a staple green for your beardie. You can feed your beardie collards every day, if desired. Just be sure to follow the preparation instructions below.

Preparing Collard Greens

Use fresh collard greens either purchased from the store or grown locally. Preprocessed frozen collards may contain additives that could alter the nutritional value, so it's recommended to use fresh collards when available.

Wash the collards thoroughly with water before cutting to remove any loose debris, dirt, or chemicals they may have come in contact with.

Bearded dragons should only eat raw greens, so you need to remove any parts of the collards which are too stiff or tough for your beardie to eat easily. Chop or cut the collards into small pieces to make it easier for your beardie to eat. The pieces should be no larger than the distance between your beardies eyes.

Serve the collards with other vegetables or some of your beardies favorite insects.

Collard Greens Questions

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Collard Greens Every Day?
Yes, collard greens are a staple green for bearded dragons. You can serve raw collards every day without any health concerns as long as they are prepared correctly.
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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:February 23, 2023
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