Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil? (EXPLAINED)

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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil

If you’re new to caring for a bearded dragon, or are researching new foods to give your pet, there are even more foods to avoid than there are that are safe to give your bearded dragon.

But, what about basil? Read on below and discover exactly why bearded dragons can or cannot eat basil!

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Basil?

If you talk to your vet, they will more than likely suggest herbs to supplement your bearded dragon’s regular (boring) food. Basil is one of the main herbs they are likeliest to suggest. That’s because it is perfectly safe (and even beneficial) for them to eat. That said, they can’t eat more than a few stems and leaves per week of fresh basil.

Do Bearded Dragons Like Basil?

Bearded dragons, for the most part, enjoy basil as much if not more than other herbs. It is best to mix basil in with other herbs or greens when you feed it to your bearded dragon. That way, you’re avoiding giving them too much at one time. Check out the video below if you don’t believe bearded dragons like basil!

What Other Leaves Can Bearded Dragons Eat?

There is a long list of safe leafy greens, or leaves from veggies, that bearded dragons may eat, including:

  • Alfalfa hay
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Clover
  • Cilantro
  • Green cabbage
  • Mustard greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Red cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Watercress
  • Savory


What is Poisonous to Bearded Dragons?

A few of the most dangerous foods for bearded dragons include:

  • Boxwood
  • Buttercup
  • Elderberry
  • Holly
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Hydrangea
  • Wild Daffodil