Many bearded dragon owners feed their pets peppers, a nutritious vegetable.
It is important to know if jalapenos are good or bad for your pet before feeding them. So you can decide.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Jalapenos?
In general, it is not recommended to feed jalapeno peppers or other spicy peppers to bearded dragons. Here are the main reasons:
- Capsaicin – The compound that gives jalapenos their heat, capsaicin, can irritate and even burn a bearded dragon’s delicate mucus membranes in their mouth and digestive tract.
- Irritation – Even if the jalapeno doesn’t cause burns, the spiciness can still cause irritation to the mouth and stomach of a bearded dragon. They do not have the tolerance for spicy foods that humans have.
- Difficult digestion – Spicy foods can be hard for bearded dragons to properly digest. Their digestive systems are designed for leafy greens and vegetables, not super spicy or hot peppers.
- Lack of nutrients – Jalapenos and other hot peppers lack the proper balance of nutrients that a bearded dragon needs. They have very little nutritional value for beardies compared to other vegetables.
- Risk of impaction – If a bearded dragon’s digestive tract becomes irritated enough, it can cause them to stop eating or make them more at risk for impaction (compaction of Digestive matter that blocks the intestines).
So in summary, while an occasional jalapeno probably won’t immediately harm a bearded dragon, it is best to avoid feeding them spicy peppers like jalapenos, habaneros, etc. They simply do not provide any benefits and pose potential health risks. Stick to a diet of leafy greens, carrots, squash, and other non-spicy vegetables for the best health of your bearded dragon.
Bearded dragons can eat many vegetables, but some may cause digestive and nutritional issues. Peppers are one.
Bell peppers are tasty, but do not feed them to your beardie regularly. Instead, add them to salads or other beardie-safe vegetables.
To make them easier for your beardie to eat, remove the top, scoop out the seeds and membrane, and chop. This will help them digest.
Your beardie can benefit from bell peppers’ vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also carbohydrate-rich.
Nutritional Content of Jalapenos
Jalapenos boost your pet’s immunity with vitamin C. They are also high in fiber, which may help digestion.
Capsaicin in jalapenos can upset your beardie’s stomach. Therefore, avoid frequent or excessive feeding.
Bell peppers, a jalapeno relative, are healthier because they lack capsaicin. Vitamins A, B6, E, and C are also found in bell peppers.
They are ideal for your beardie’s diet because they are low in calories and high in water.
Health Benefits and Risks of Jalapenos
Jalapenos are part of the capsicum family of vegetables and fruits, which contain vitamins and antioxidants.
They also contain alkaloids that could harm your dragon’s digestive system. So do not give them too much pepper.
Every few months, feed your dog a small slice of jalapeno to reduce the risk of poisoning. Before feeding your pet, remove all seeds and leaves.
Beardie dragons can not eat jalapenos because they lack calcium and protein.
Other Alternatives to Jalapenos
Substitute cayenne pepper powder for jalapenos for extra heat.
Substitute a little cayenne pepper for each jalapeno in your recipe to add subtle spice without too much heat. It will have just enough kick.
Another option is to use serranos, which look like jalapenos but are narrower and thinner. However, serranos lack jalapenos’ heat.
Orange and bell peppers are also good for bearded dragons. They get vitamins and nutrients from both.
Conclusion about Eating Jalapenos
However, jalapenos are high in calories and may cause digestive issues. Therefore, give them to your bearded dragon once or twice a month for optimal health.
Peppers are not the only fruits and vegetables reptiles can eat. For instance, collard greens are rich in calcium, which is necessary for bone growth.
Bearded dragons are susceptible to colds and flus because they lack vitamin C. Therefore, you must feed your pet a balanced diet to avoid this.