Water Hyacinth

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Water Hyacinth

Postby prozacwoman » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:45 pm

Hello all! My name is Amy, and I'm pretty new to bearded dragon keeping. We have a couple fish ponds in our backyard that have water hyacinth in them. I've looked high and low on the internet (and searched on these boards as well) about whether or not beardies can eat it. All I've found is that red eared slider turtles like it. Nobody on the entire internet seems to know if it's toxic to beardies, or if they do know, they're not saying. The general consensus says water hyacinth is non-toxic. My large adult beardie got a few bites of a plant I'd thinned out (it reproduces like MAD! I'm glad it's in a contained fish pond. Whew) and wanted more after I got it away from him. He seems to have suffered no ill effects from it.

So, I've said all that to say this: does anybody know for SURE if they can eat it? He really seemed to like it.

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Re: Water Hyacinth

Postby Claudiusx » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:24 pm

Hi Amy,

prozacwoman wrote:does anybody know for SURE if they can eat it?


I hate to break it to you, but you're probably the most knowledgeable/experienced person here on the specific subject haha.

I'd venture a guess that if it's safe for turtles, it should be ok for beardies too. OK doesn't necessarily mean healthy though, so until nutritional facts can be found on it, I would treat it more as an occasional item as opposed to an item that would make up the bulk of your dragons salad items :)

prozacwoman wrote:Thanks for reading my novel! LOL

Lord you sound like I do.. HA!

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