When we hear the word pets, we usually think of cats, fish, rabbits, or dogs. However, some choose to have reptiles as their pets. One of which is a Bearded Dragon, a type of lizard, not a dragon as the name suggests, and can be considered a gentle pet, especially for those new to having reptiles as pets.
Bearded Dragons can grow up to 24 inches long and live for more than a decade when it is well-taken care of. Surely, these reptiles also have an appetite for food. They can eat worms, crickets, and even various sorts of greens. Even so, as pet owners, we are responsible for what food they consume.
Bearded Dragons have different nutritional needs from humans. As to what was mentioned, owners can also feed them greens and vegetables. Thus, we must consider what food can be good or bad for their health. For instance, the only available vegetable in your kitchen is bell peppers.
Before feeding it to them, one must still consider some pros and cons. Bell pepper is a source of vitamins and minerals which good for the Bearded Dragons. It is rich in vitamin B6, E, and K1 associated with the health of the bone, which is beneficial to the reptile.
Aside from this, bell peppers are also rich in antioxidants that strengthen the immune system, aid digestion and prevent inflammation. Vitamin C and A are also the nutrients acquired from bell peppers. This is an excellent source to boost vision, growth, reproduction, and the immune system.
It also has folate that keeps the cells and tissues healthy. And, potassium which is responsible for the heart. However, Bearded Dragons require a higher calcium intake, and bell peppers are not a good source for it.
Expert Tip: Since bell peppers are rich in Vitamin A, it may develop into an illness called hypervitaminosis A which is an overdose of Vitamin A and can lead to symptoms like swelling, lethargy, and weight loss..
Thus, they must only moderately consume these. It is advisable to add bell peppers with other greens and live invertebrates such as worms and crickets to sustain the nutritional benefits. Also, make sure to remove uneaten food and replace it with fresh meals every time.
Owners must feed young at least 65% live food and 35% greens. It is advisable to add bell peppers with other greens and live invertebrates like worms and crickets to sustain the nutritional benefits. Also, make sure to remove uneaten food and replace it with fresh ones during mealtime.
Despite this, it is still essential to maintain a balanced diet for them to be healthy.
Overall, it takes patience and effort to figure out the best and proper pet care. Food and nutrition are the most important necessities we can provide for our pets. They are our responsibility, so we must consider doing our research so that their health will not be at risk. Please do not hesitate to write down your questions, comments, and concerns.