Can bearded dragons eat cucumbers
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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a common garden vegetable that many people mix into salads or even eat as a healthy snack. So it's no surprise owners may want to occasionally feed a cucumber to their bearded dragon. But how healthy are cucumbers and is it even safe to feed them to beardies?

The short answer is yes, bearded dragons can eat cucumbers. However, you should prepare them carefully and serve them in moderation to prevent any health issues. Follow the guidleines on this page to learn how to serve and prepare cucumbers for your bearded dragon.

Cucumber Nutrition

Below is the reptile nutrition label for cucumbers. We created this label using information found on the USDA and other reputable sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Cucumber (peeled)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories10Cal
Water Content96.73g
Carbohydrates2.16g
Total Carbohydrate2.16g
Fiber, total dietary0.7g
Starch0.08g
Sugars1.38g
Fructose0.75g
Glucose0.63g
Fat0.16g
Total Fat0.16g
Total saturated0.078g
14:00.01g
16:00.058g
18:00.01g
Total monounsaturated0.01g
18:10.01g
Total polyunsaturated0.019g
18:20.01g
18:30.01g
Proteins0.59g
Protein0.59g
Alanine0.031g
Arginine0.031g
Aspartic acid0.037g
Betaine0.1mg
Cystine0.007g
Glutamic acid0.204g
Glycine0.025g
Histidine0.002g
Isoleucine0.012g
Leucine0.025g
Lysine0.025g
Methionine0.012g
Phenylalanine0.031g
Proline0.012g
Serine0.025g
Threonine0.012g
Tryptophan0.007g
Tyrosine0.002g
Valine0.012g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca14mg
Copper0.071mg
Fluoride1.3μg
Iron0.22mg
Magnesium12mg
Manganese0.073mg
Phosphorus, P21mg
Potassium, K136mg
Selenium0.1μg
Sodium2mg
Zinc0.17mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU72IU
Vitamin A, RAE4μg
Alpha-carotene8μg
Beta Cryptoxanthin18μg
Beta-carotene31μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin16μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.031mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.025mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.037mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.24mg
Vitamin B60.051mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)14μg
Folate (from food)14μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)14μg
Vitamin C3.2mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.03mg
Gamma Tocopherol0.02mg
Alpha Tocotrienol0.04mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)7.2μg
Choline5.7mg
Other
Oxalates2mg
pH5.4
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio0.7:1
Ca:P RatingPoor
Safe to FeedOnce per week
HealthinessFair

Notes/Instructions: Wash thoroughly. Remove skin and seeds. Cut into small pieces.
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Cucumber Health Concerns

Overall cucumbers are not health nor unhealthy. They provide some nutrients, but not as much as other vegetables that can be fed in place of cucumbers. There are a few minor health concerns when serving cucumbers to bearded dragons.

Poor Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio

Cucumbers contain more phosphorus than calcium, which is not ideal as phosphorus blocks calcium from being absorbed. This means your bearded dragon will need to be served additional foods rich in calcium to keep the minerals in balance.

Very Hydrating

Cucumbers are easy to eat and contain a lot of water. You should limit the amount of cucumbers fed to bearded dragons as they can become overhydrated which can lead to diarrhea.

How to Feed Cucumbers to Bearded Dragons

Cucumbers can be fed to bearded dragons, but it should be done in moderation. When prepared correctly, you can feed cucumbers to your bearded dragon once or twice per week without any major health concerns. As previously discussed, cucumbers contain too much phosphorus so they will need to be served with foods that are high in calcium to keep the meal's minerals balanced.

Cucumber Preparation

Thoroughly wash cucumbers to remove any chemicals and loose debris from the skin. This may seem unnecessary since you will peel the cucumber, but washing prevents anything from accidentally coming in contact with the flesh of the cucumber.

The cucumber's skin is too difficult for bearded dragons to eat, so you will need to peel the cucumber before serving. Cut the cumber in half (longways) and remove the seeds. Cut the cucumber into smaller pieces (no larger than the distance between your beardies eyes) and serve mixed with other vegetables or insects.

Cucumber Questions

Below are questions commonly asked when feeding cucumbers to bearded dragons.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cucumber Skin?
No, the skin/peel of cucumbers is too difficult for bearded dragons to chew and digest. It should be removed before serving to prevent any digestive issues.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cucumber Seeds?
No, bearded dragons should not eat cucumber seeds. The seeds in cucumbers are difficult for beardies to digest and they also pose a chocking hazard. All seeds should be removed before serving.
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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:January 17, 2023
This article has been edited 1 time since first published. Please let us know of any suggestions or improvements.
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