Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rhubarb? (The Risks!)

No, bearded dragons can’t eat rhubarb as rhubarb is highly toxic to your pet beardies.

The leaves and stalks of the rhubarb plant contain oxalic acid.

Oxalic Acid is very dangerous to animals, especially reptiles because it prevents them from absorbing calcium.

If a bearded dragon eats enough calcium-rich foods daily (such as leafy greens such as collard green, turnip green, mustard greens, etc.) then they could survive on a diet of mostly rhubarb.

If you feed your bearded dragon primarily or only rhubarb, then the acids will build up in their system and cause acute gastrointestinal distress, leading to poor health and eventually death.

As far as fruit goes, be careful not to feed too many citrus fruits to your beardies because of the acidity.

Can bearded dragons eat rhubarb leaves, then?

The stems and leaves of a rhubarb plant contain oxalic acid which has been linked to impaction and death in animals.

It is possible for your pet dragon to eat the flowers of the rhubarb plant because it does not accumulate oxalates, but it is not recommended as they could be poisonous to your bearded dragon.

It’s best to stick with veggies and fruits that are high in calcium and vitamins and low in oxalic acid such as:

These food items should comprise the majority of their diet.