Mustard Greens for Bearded Dragons

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are the leaves from the mustard plant and often have a peppery spicy flavor which make them perfect for mixing in salads and other meals. But how safe are mustard greens for bearded dragons?

The answer is, yes. Mustard greens are considered a staple food for bearded dragons. Read below to see the benefits of this food and how to best serve it to your beardie.

Mustard Greens Nutrition Profile

Below is the nutrition label for mustard greens. We created this label from data supplied by the USDA and other reputable sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Mustard Greens (raw)Per 100g Serving
Water Content90.7g
Total Carbohydrate4.67g
Fiber, total dietary3.2g
Total Fat0.42g
Total saturated0.01g
Total monounsaturated0.092g
Total polyunsaturated0.038g
Calcium, Ca115mg
Phosphorus, P58mg
Potassium, K384mg
Vitamin A, IU3024IU
Vitamin A, RAE151μg
Beta Cryptoxanthin40μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin3730μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.08mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.11mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.8mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.21mg
Vitamin B60.18mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)12μg
Folate (from food)12μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)12μg
Vitamin C70mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)2.01mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)257.5μg
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio2:1
Ca:P RatingExceptional
Safe to FeedDaily
HealthinessVery healthy

Notes/Instructions: Remove stems and cut leaves to smaller pieces.
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Mustard Greens Health Concerns

Mustard greens are a healthy staple for bearded dragons and have no major health concerns.

The only minor concern would be the level of oxalates in mustard greens is slightly high. Ideally you don't want your beardies meal to contain more than 10mg of oxalates. Mustard greens contain 7mg in a 100g serving and because of this we only recommend serving mustard greens no more than once per day.

Mustard Greens Health Benefits

Mustard greens provide many health benefits. They have the ideal 2:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio so they will provide your beardie with calcium needed for skeletal health. They are also rich in Vitamin A and have very little sugar.

How to Prepare Mustard Greens

Mustard greens are easy to prepare and are best served mixed with other foods your bearded dragon enjoys. Mustard greens have a pH of 9.5 which makes them very alkaline. This makes them a great choice to mix with foods which are normally too acidic to for bearded dragons like blueberries and tomatoes.

Due to the slightly high oxalate content in mustard greens you should limit the serving size to no more than 100g per day.

Preparation Instructions

Mustard greens can quickly be prepared by following a few steps.

Clean and Discard Stems

Wash the mustard greens to remove any loose debris or chemicals the plant may have come in contact with during transportation or storage. You should only feed your beardie the leaves, so remove any stems or stalks from the mustard greens.

Cut to the Correct Size

Bearded dragons should not eat anything larger than the distance between their eyes. So you should cut or dice the mustard greens into smaller pieces to make them easier for your beardie to eat.

Serve with Other Foods

Mustard greens can have a strong taste that some bearded dragons may not prefer. So mix in a few other foods your beardie enjoys to encourage eating.

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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:January 4, 2023
This article has been edited 2 times since first published. Please let us know of any suggestions or improvements.
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