Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Learn the answer to can bearded dragons eat grapes or not, and if so how often and how to prepare them.

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Beardies Can Eat Grapes Occasionally - But Don't Spoil Them Too Often

Bearded Dragon Diet | Bearded Dragon Fruit
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Can bearded dragons eat grapes? Yes, bearded dragons can eat grapes and most love them. They should only be fed as a treat though, since they’re high in sugar and water content. They’re not too bad in terms of Calcium – although not great – and the calcium content definitely isn’t enough to make them a staple item.

What Are Grapes For Bearded Dragons?

Grapes are a juicy fruit grown on a vine in various forms. The fruits grown are used for general eating and also for wine making since the skins harbour a natural yeast which led to the discovery of fermentation using the yeast. It is believed that the cultivation of grapes began around 6 to 8 thousand years ago.

Various different varieties of grape are grown and used to create different tasting wines. White grapes, perhaps not surprisingly, are used to create white wines and red or black grapes are used to create red wines. White grapes are, in fact, green in colour though, to further confuse things.

Grapes are grown throughout the more sunny climes around the world, including the United States of America, Middle East, Southern Europe, India, China, Australia and South America.

Some grapes are dried and used as sultana, raisins or currants.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Bearded dragons can eat grapes as an occasional treat. They offer very little nutritional value, but are a good source of water and do taste nice. Grape seeds should be avoided due to their hardness. Seedless grapes are therefore a good choice. Many bearded dragons do like grapes and mixing one into their salad here or there will be unlikely to cause any drama.

We recommend not overfeeding grapes as they are very high in water content and sugar. Sugar can lead to digestive problems, obesity and tooth decay (just like in humans). Too much sugar also leads to fatty liver which is a result of obesity. Too much water can lead to overhydration which makes a mess in your tank, potentially harbours more parasites and can cause problems with electrolyte imbalances.

We’ve seen other sources online state they’re also high in Oxalate content – but that’s just not backed up by the data (3.4mg/100mg is not a high Oxalate content). Though it is fair to say that dark grapes do appear to have a higher oxalate content than green grapes.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grape Leaves?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat grape leaves. They’re actually better for bearded dragons than the fruit itself – although of course not as tasty. But they don’t contain as much sugar or water as the fruit – and there’s no risk of pips either.

As well as having less sugar and water, grape leaves provide bearded dragons with a great source of calcium, fibre and some protein. Full details of the nutritional qualities of grape leaves for bearded dragons can be found in the table below.

Advantages Of Grapes For Bearded Dragons

  • Contain lots of moisture for helping hydration
  • Readily available in supermarkets
  • Last well in the fridge
  • A nice treat

Disadvantages Of Grapes For Bearded Dragons

  • Almost no nutritional value
  • Too much moisture and sugar for everyday feeding

How Should Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

A grape or two can be added to your bearded dragon’s salad bowl to help entice them to eat the salad – though the chances are they’ll eat the grape and leave the rest. They can also be fed by hand as a treat and to help you bond with your bearded dragon through hand feeding exercises.

Grapes should be cut into smaller pieces, preferably halves or quarters depending on the size of the grape versus the size of the dragons head. We would use the same rule of thumb as we do for insects in that the width of the grape slice should be no wider than than the space between your bearded dragons eyes. To clear up confusion, this is the width of the grape slice should fit between your dragons eyes not the length. The length is irrelevant so long as the width is small enough.

If there are any seeds in the grape these should be removed. These will be harder to digest and aren’t as sweet. In isolation they probably won’t cause too much digestive drama but it’s easier to avoid that by just scraping them out and putting them in the bin. Bear in mind that seedless grapes can contain the occasional small seed, and cutting them in half is a good idea to check.

You can peel the grapes if you prefer, although if you do this, be aware that your bearded dragon may expect you to find a large leaf with which to also fan them…

How Should Bearded Dragons Eat Grape Leaves?

Grape leaves can be given in much the same way as any green leaf as part of a balanced salad regime. They should be washed and then cut or shredded in to smaller strips and placed in your bearded dragons salad bowl with their other vegetables.

Grape leaves can be fed to bearded dragons regularly as they are high in calcium and plenty of other nutrients too. Grape leaves can be found in stores and are used in popular Greek (and Middle Eastern) dishes such as Dolmades. The grape leaves found in stores though do tend to be tinned and stored in brine or other preservatives. Depending on where you live you may be able to buy them fresh – or of course grow your own. Our American readers may have some luck with this website article for buying grape leaves online.

How Often Can Bearded Dragons Have Grapes?

Grapes should be fed individually and with a maximum of perhaps one or two per week, as a treat. They should not be fed grapes routinely, for the reasons listed above.

Nutritional Data For Grapes For Bearded Dragons

Nutritional ItemContent
Water Content (%)84.3
Fat (%)0.47
Protein (%)0.81
Dietary Fibre (%)3.9
Carbohydrate (%)13.9 (high)
Calcium (mg/100g)37 (0.037%)
Potassium (mg/100g)203 (0.203%)
Phosphorous (mg/100g)24 (0.024%)
Vitamin A (ug/100g)3
Vitamin C (ug/100g)6.5
Oxalates (mg/100g)3.4 (Low)
Nutritional Data For Grapes For Bearded Dragons [1][2]

Nutritional Data For Grape Leaves For Bearded Dragons

Nutritional ItemContent
Water Content (%)73.3
Fat (%)2.12
Protein (%)5.6
Dietary Fibre (%)11
Carbohydrate (%)17.3 (high)
Calcium (mg/100g)363 (0.36%)
Potassium (mg/100g)272 (0.27%)
Phosphorous (mg/100g)91 (0.09%)
Vitamin A (ug/100g)1380
Vitamin C (ug/100g)11.1
Oxalates (mg/100g)Medium[3]
Nutritional Data For Grape Leaves For Bearded Dragons [1][3]

Can I Grow My Own Grapes?

Depending on where in the world you live you can grow your own grapes. They do require a large amount of sunlight and water though, and they’re not at all tolerant of frost. They prefer, according to the Royal Horticultural Society, around 16 degrees Celsius from Spring onwards. This means if you’re wanting to grow grapes in a climate that’s colder than that (ie, the UK) then you’ll need to grow grapes either in a greenhouse or even indoors.

Summary

In this post we looked at whether bearded dragons can eat grapes. The answer, we discovered, is yes, bearded dragons can eat grapes as an occasional treat. We also looked at how to feed grapes to your bearded dragon and discovered it was relatively easy to do this.

We learnt that growing your own grapes is not all that easy, depending on your climate – and discovered the nutritional value of grapes is really quite low. But as a nice, sweet treat for your bearded dragon every now and then, they’re a good option.

Grapes Frequency: OCCASIONAL TREAT.
Grape Leaf Frequency: REGULARLY.

For more information on other vegetables that Bearded Dragons can eat, please see our larger overview post at ‘What Vegetables Can Bearded Dragons Eat?’

References

1: US Department of Agriculture FoodData Central. Fetched on 6th February 2021 from https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1103126/nutrients

2: Oxalate (oxalic acid) content of 750+ foods, with numbers from university and government sources – sourced from https://oxalate.org/ on 15th May 2021.

3: Heidi (2012), Low Oxalate Info, Guide To Low Oxalate Greens. Fetched from http://lowoxalateinfo.com/guide-to-low-oxalate-greens/ on 12th October 2021.

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