Green beans are an oddity of a vegetable. When you think of a bean, you tend to picture the likes of red kidney beans or maybe the northern white bean. Compared to these classic beans, green beans certainly stand out by not looking like a bean. This is because a “green bean” is actually the protective pod surrounding undeveloped beans.
Regardless of not being a classic bean shape, we still love green beans! They’re a staple for us humans, and can be cooked and eaten in a variety of ways. Boiled, snapped, baked, put in a casserole, and all the dishes they complement! Yum! You can even find green bean snacks at the supermarket, going to show how popular these vegetables are.
For us humans, green beans are classic staple foods. They’re cheap, they’re healthy, and you can cook them in a variety of ways. And they’re green, which as we all know must mean their healthy! So, does that make the green bean a good food for your bearded dragon? Can bearded dragons eat green beans?
In this article, we’ll answer the question can bearded dragons eat green beans, and also explore some followup questions. Including some questions you likely didn’t think of!
So, Can Bearded Dragons Eat Green Beans?
Green beans are green, so that means healthy, right? Well, luckily for your beardie, they can enjoy green beans just as much as you can. But small amounts should be provided, which we’ll discuss more on below.
Are Green Beans Good For My Bearded Dragon?
So, let’s look at the nutritional value of green beans. According to the USDA green beans contain 1.8 grams of protein, .22 grams fat, 2.7 grams fiber, and a fair number of vitamins including vitamin C and vitamin K. Being low in fat, low in sugar, and with a high water content, green beans are perfect low calorie snacks for both you and your beardie.
So yes, green beans are going to be very healthy for your breaded dragon. In fact, they’ll be healthy enough that you can provide them with your beard dragon’s daily meals!
Can Green Beans Be Bad For My Bearded Dragon?
Just like all things that are good for your bearded dragon, green beans can certainly be bad for them. Now, the nutritional value is outstanding, and bearded dragons being the hungry lizards that they are, will happily gobble them up along with their other food. However, you need to provide a small amount of green beans during feeding.
Too many green beans, while it certainly won’t harm your bearded dragon, can make them sick and will cause them to experience diarrhea. This is due to the high water content present, and the amounts of vitamins. If too many vitamins are provided, they’re going to go right though the digestive track.
As other nutritional vegetables are being used as food for your bearded dragon, or more importantly should be used as food for your bearded dragon, you need to make sure that the nutritional content weighs itself out and not too many vitamins and minerals end up in your beardie. This could, like we said, make them sick.
How Should I Prepare Green Beans For My Bearded Dragon?
Bearded dragons aren’t very picky when it’s time to feed. Green beans can be presented to them in a number of ways included sliced, snapped, or just toss the whole bean in there. Before you feed your beardie green beans, and any vegetables or fruit, be sure to wash them thoroughly to remove unwanted pesticides or gunk.
Now, another matter to consider is the size of your bearded dragon compared to the green bean. A full-sized adult will have no trouble chowing down on a full size bean, ripping it to shreds in seconds. But smaller beardies might have a harder time eating a full-sized green bean.
They’re soft enough that your beardie isn’t at risk of chocking if it bites off more than it can chew, but no point in taking the risk. If you have a smaller beardie, cut the green bean into chunks before adding it to the feed. Alternatively, some adult bearded dragons prefer small chunks of green bean over the full one.
How Do I Introduce My Bearded Dragon To Green Beans?
Like all feed, just place the beans in a food bowl with the rest of their vegetables and fruits. Your bearded dragon will find the green bean, either whole or in small pieces, quick enough and shouldn’t make too much of a fuss chowing down. Although of course some bearded dragons can be picky eaters, so you may have to coax them into trying it.
To do this, put small pieces of green bean with the rest of the feed, or with pellets if your beardie eats those, and slowly let them build up a taste for the green bean. Or you could take a full green bean and pretend it’s a worm. After all, it’s green, its long, to your bearded dragon it might as well be a tasty horn worm as opposed to a vegetable.
Can My Bearded Dragon Eat Canned Green Beans? Or Frozen?
No. When picking out green beans to feed your beaded dragon, always pick fresh green beans. Never frozen or canned. This is because the canned and frozen beans have added preservatives and other chemicals. Not to mention that the canned beans will have a lot of salt. None of this is needed in your beardie’s diet. So only fresh beans.
Can My Bearded Dragon Eat Cooked Green Beans?
Yes and no. Unlike a lot of other cooked vegetables, cooked green beans are safe for bearded dragons. But they lack a lot of the nutrition as raw beans. If your bearded dragon has a love of cooked green beans, an occasional treat won’t hurt but never make it a habit either. Truthfully, it’s better to stick to the raw green bean and vegetables.
Can My Bearded Dragon Eat Other Beans?
Once again, yes and no. Beans are a great source of protein for humans, but bearded dragons don’t need that much protein in their diet like use. Bearded dragons eat green foods, particularly leafy greens, in the wild and captivity and this along with insects provide the bulk of their protein requirements.
Some bearded dragons may have a taste for certain beans, and these can be used occasionally as treats. Only a few beans at a time and never more than once a week, twice a month being much better given the amount of insects your bearded dragon likely eats. There is such a thing as too much protein after all.
The only beans in your beardie’s diet should be the green bean, with maybe a small amount of peas on the side if you so choose or if they developed a taste for peas.
Do I need To Remove Uneaten Green Beans From My Bearded Dragon’s Cage?
Like all fresh vegetables, uneaten fresh green beans need to be removed from your bearded dragon’s cage once they’re done eating. Uneaten vegetable matter will rot and this invites bacteria and mold to the tank, which can make your breadie sick. Beardies prefer clean environments, after all.
Any uneaten green beans or vegetables should be thrown out or alternatively used in compost. Never re-feed your beardie food you recovered from the tank. It’s been sitting to long and might be rancid. Only fresh food should be provided.
Does It Matter If I Buy Organic Or Non-Organic Green Beans?
You want the best for your reptile friend, we do too. So when you’re buying your fresh and raw beans, you might see some labeled as organic and think that by being organic they’re better for your beardie. In truth, your beardie isn’t going to recognize the difference between organic, non-organic, GMO, etc green beans.
All that really matters is that you wash your beans before feeding them to your beardie and then cut them to appropriate size. The nutritional difference between organic, non-organic, GMO, etc is rather negligible and all of them are going to be safe for your beardie to eat.
And there you have it. Can bearded dragons eat green beans? Yes they can! And they should be used as a daily source of nutritional for your beardie. This said, like all good and healthy food, only limited amounts should be given. Your beardie needs a rich and varied diet. Including a variety of vegetables, fruits, and insects.
So never use green beans as the only vegetable in their diet, as this could make them more susceptible to diarrhea, and if your beardie is too small then chop up the bean ahead of time so that they don’t have to deal with much hassle eating it.
We hope that this information will be useful when selecting a varied diet for your bearded dragon. Most people never seem to think that the humble green bean would be such a great food for a beardie!