What Succulents Can Bearded Dragons Eat?


What Succulents Can Bearded Dragons Eat
What Succulents Can Bearded Dragons Eat

What succulents can bearded dragons eat? If you have reptile pets and home and a succulent garden, you might also wonder whether or not those tiny plants are safe for your pets. In this article, I will be sharing some of the succulents that are safe for your reptile pets.

Reptiles are becoming more and more popular pets among pet lovers. One example is the bearded dragon. This pet is a reptile that has beard-like structures around their heads.

This reptile is inquisitive and probably taste the plants around. If you have succulent plants in the house, it may also consider it as a meal.

But do succulents safe for bearded dragons? If so, what succulents can bearded dragons eat?

Actually, the list of edible succulents for bearded dragons could have been longer. But I chose only a few that I know that are safe for reptiles.

Safe Succulents for Bearded Dragons to Eat

As mentioned, there are many more safe succulents for bearded dragons to eat. But the one I included in the list below are the ones that I personally know.

These succulents include:

  • Aeonium
  • Schlumbergera
  • Haworthia
  • Echeveria
  • X Pachyveria
  • Lithops
  • Sempervivum “Hens and Chicks”
  • Sedum morganianum “Burro’s Tail”

Now let’s talk about each of these succulents a little bit.

Aeonium

The first succulent type is Aeonium. As you know, these succulents varied in size. Some are small while others can reach up to three feet in height. Apart from size, Aeonium also comes with several vibrant colors. It is up to you which of them fits in your

The best thing about this succulent variety is that it is hardy. This means that it can tolerate full sun and freezing temperatures. Finally, it is also easy to care and propagate.

Schlumbergera

Another safe plant for bearded dragons is the schlumbergera. It is easy to care for and tolerant of environmental conditions. They are perfect for hanging pots or planters. Like aeonium, this succulent comes with many varieties. Each variety has a blooming time.

When it terms of care, schlumbergera loves an indirect light source. And when watering, make sure that you thoroughly soak the soil. But only do it when the soil is dry. Like other succulent varieties, this one hates overwatering.

It is a hardy succulent so it is tolerant of extreme conditions. And as far as I am concern, this plant is tasty that’s why it is one of the most favorite among reptile pets.

Haworthia

If you are looking for indoor succulents, then Haworthia can be perfect for you. These succulents can perfectly thrive in low light making them indoors. There are many varieties you can choose from. They also come in different sizes, shapes, and colors.

If you are placing these succulents indoor, make sure not to give more water than they need. Haworthia grows well in indirect light which means that they need less water. They also love fast-draining soil and infrequent watering schedule.

Echeveria

Echeveria succulents are some of the favorites and common succulents are grown by gardeners. I understand why is that so. These plants have a variety of colors and easy to care for and propagate. And the best of all, it is non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about your reptile pets.

If you have an outdoor succulent garden, then Echeveria is perfect. These plants can tolerate neglect and full sun. they will surely make the garden more colorful.

x Pachyveria

x Pachyveria is another colorful and bearded dragons-friendly succulents. They are non-toxic not only for a reptile but also for other pets. This variety is actually a hybrid between Echeveria and Pachyphytum. If grown properly, they produce several colors from light green to violet.

These succulents are perfect in the outdoor garden because these plants prefer direct sunlight. However, they are not frost-tolerant so they should not be left behind outdoor during winter.

But the good thing about this succulent variety is its pet-friendly nature. You can get your bearded dragon along with these plants.

Lithops

Lithops are weird looking succulent plants. In fact, they are also called the Living Rocks because they can easily be mistaken for a round rock. They are pretty much like round stones and have a color similar to stones.

If you are looking for a hardy succulent for your outdoor garden, then Lithops can be your perfect choice. Not only these succulents are capable of surviving under the full sun, but they are also pet-friendly. Your bearded dragon is safe with these succulents.

However, bitey animals may not be perfect for these succulents.

Sempervivum

Sempervivum is also known as the Hens and Chicks. These non-toxic succulents offer many colors to choose from. They can surely make your garden even lovelier. But of course, they are not only good for you but for your bearded dragon too.

What I like the most about this succulent is its ability to propagate pretty easily. You can start with one plant and it will multiply by itself as time goes by. They love indirect sunlight perfect under a shade.

Sedum morganianum

Sedum morganianum is also known as Burro’s Tail. If you have reptile pets especially bearded dragons at home, this succulent is perfect your garden or planters. These plants can survive in partial sun but not in direct sunlight. Extreme heat can burn this succulent.

Also, this succulent cannot withstand frost or extremely cold temperatures. What I like the most about this plant is its ability to propagate using either stems or leaves.

There you go, you have my list of succulents that bearded dragons can eat. But this does not mean that your reptile pets should only rely on these plants. Although they are non-toxic and safe, they are not good for regular food sources. So always check the diet of your cute pets. 

To learn more about how to grow these succulent plants, read my complete guide here.

Related Question

Are succulents poisonous to reptiles?

It depends on the type of succulents you’re growing. But most of the succulents are non-toxic for reptiles therefore safe for them. If you are not sure about the variety of the succulent you are growing, it is always a good idea to do research about them before your reptile pets reach them.

Robinson

I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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