Can Bearded Dragons Eat Turnip Greens? (Benefits/Risks)

Yes, bearded dragons can eat turnip greens.

Turnip greens are a dietary staple recommended by many care sheets for pet bearded dragons because they can provide valuable nutrients and vitamins to the diet.

However, there is one important consideration that needs to be made before feeding turnip greens, which is whether or not it will harm your dragon.

Bearded dragons require a lot of fiber in their diets, but too much fiber can have adverse side effects.

If a dragon is fed too many vegetables high in fiber, such as turnip greens, it may develop an intestinal blockage known as Gastrointestinal Obstruction (GI).

This occurs because the dietary staple of bearded dragons is not actually veggies at all but rather insects, which contain far less fiber per unit weight and volume than veggies.

Can bearded dragons eat turnip greens daily?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat turnip greens daily.

If a dragon is fed an excessive amount of vegetable matter that it cannot digest over time, the material will accumulate in the digestive system and block it.

The first warning signs of this are subtle, such as decreased appetite or behavioral changes like running into objects while trying to hide.

The best way to prevent a GI blockage is to limit the amount of high-fiber vegetables fed to your dragon, and make sure they are not eating things like kale.

A diet consisting exclusively of turnip greens would likely cause a digestive upset long before developing into a full-blown obstruction, but feeding any plant as the sole food source for an animal is never a good idea, including bearded dragons.

Can baby bearded dragons eat turnip greens?

Yes, baby bearded dragons can eat turnip greens.

The nutritional requirements for baby and adult bearded dragons are the same, so under no circumstances should a dragon be weaned off of its diet of leaves and flowers to start exclusively eating vegetables such as turnip greens.

Can pregnant bearded dragons eat turnip greens?

No, pregnant bearded dragons should not eat turnip greens.

Pregnant female bearded dragons are under a huge amount of strain, and the added fiber from vegetable matter would only serve to exacerbate that strain.

If a female beardie is pregnant, it will most likely already be eating as much as it can to support the development of the babies inside of her, so there is no need to provide it with turnip greens as well.