Can Bearded Dragons eat candy? Is candy good for Bearded Dragons? Can I give my bearded dragon treats? Can I feed cookies to my bearded dragon? Do you wonder any of these questions?
Bearded dragons shouldn’t be given candy ( sweets if you’re from the UK ). Their intestinal and digestive systems use a process called fermentation to digest their food. This means that bacteria and gut flora in their digestive tract is responsible for breaking down most of the food ingested. Too much sugar will interfere with this delicate balance and cause them problems. Indeed, even too much fruit can be a problem for a bearded dragon because of the relatively high sugar content. Fruit does work as a treat now and then because it also contains a lot of water which reduces the sugar concentration. But cookies, sweets/candy is not a good idea.
Is There Any Candy Suitable For Bearded Dragons?
There’s no specific candy, that you or I would call candy at least. Our idea of candy is highly flavoured, coloured and very sweet. None of this is good for a bearded dragon and they don’t need it to get a treat.
There is however a product from “Lucky Reptile” called Bearded Dragon Candy. It’s a dried fruit and vegetable mixture which reconstitutes when mixed with water. The box indicates it can be given dry but I wouldn’t recommend this as it’s likely to swell in the digestive tract and, as one review on the Amazon listing suggested it can get stuck to the insides of their mouth if fed dry.
I’d be inclined not to bother with this on a regular basis – better treats are available fresh (and live!), but I guess in a pinch it could be useful.
We’ve highlighted various different fruits and vegetables which can be used as treats in our post on suitable vegetables for bearded dragons and can bearded dragons eat fruit should give you some good ideas for suitable treats that would replace the idea of giving your bearded dragon any candy.