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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 4:12 pm 
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I have compiled a list of weeds, wild plants and garden plants that Bearded dragons can safely eat. It has taken some time to cross reference them with those found in Australia, and weeds that are poisonous and those that can be found easily in any area. If anyone is interested in trying their dragon on this diet and needs a picture to identify any weeds I will do my best to help. Also if there is any weed you are not sure of, take a photo and I will try and tell you if it is the correct plant.

Cleavers. Known as Sticky weed
Mallow, leaves and flowers
Knapweed
Blackberry
Dogrose
Bindweed
Honey suckle flower
Ox eye Daisy
Sow thistle
Dahlia
Pineapple weed
Chickweed
Gazinea
Verbena (garden only, not shrub type)
Saxifrage
White clover
Red clover
Alslike clover
Crimson Clover
Chicory
Hedge mustard
Garlic mustard
Evening primrose (not primula)
Plantain, ribwort and slender
Lemon Myrtle
Nasturtium
Nettle
Smooth sow thistle
There are many more edible plants but these are the ones that are found in Australia. I have not tried all of them on Cosmo but I have tried many of them. I also feed these to my tortoise and so do many other people. If you would like to try growing your own weeds you can buy organic seeds on ebay. If you grow them in a mix of topsoil and limestone flour they will be calcium enriched. It is recommended that all weeds fed to any animal should be grown in compost free soil and if collected wild they should not be from an area that could have been sprayed for weeds or pests. The best part of growing or feeding weeds is it is more natural and cheaper too. There are less oxalate's in the weeds. Oxalate's are found in greens, rocket etc and this binds to calcium and inhibits the body from using it.
If you want to try a more natural diet for your beardie I would suggest you try one weed at a time until he gets used to it. A good one to start with would be smooth sow thistle, Cosmo loves it and so do most tortoises.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:42 pm 
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This is really interesting. I am surprised at Dahlias - we've loads in the garden. Is that the leaves or the flowers?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:35 pm 
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Webmaster wrote:This is really interesting. I am surprised at Dahlias - we've loads in the garden. Is that the leaves or the flowers?

Both flowers and leaves are fine to feed. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:06 pm 
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Thought I would bump this up so as many people see it as possible. I spent a long time researching this list and think it may benefit people whose dragons are fussy about veg. This list has a lot of free food that are more natural to a dragons diet.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Bump :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:02 pm 
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Nettles?? Wouldnt they hurt the beardies? They hurt like hell to me when i touch them lol


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:03 am 
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Just the fresh young leaves from the top. When you try picking a nettle always move your hand up the stem as that's the way the needles face, this way you won't get hurt.

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Bindweed is that just the leaves.or can you feed the flowers also.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:10 pm 
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Not 100% certain but inb most instances the flowers tend to be as safe as the leaves.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:46 am 
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That's a great list, just a pity I have absolutely no idea what most of them are :lol: I have loads of weeds at the back of my garden, but have no idea which ones they are.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:11 pm 
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hi could you please message me all the pictures as then i know what im looking for if thats alright :?: :?: :?:

thanks dan :) :)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:38 pm 
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Quicker/easier to look them up on Google I'm not sure that paganqueen has picci's of all the plants.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:54 pm 
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thank you will have a look,
cheers rick 8) 8)


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