Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?
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. Both can lead to digestive problems. 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.
Advantages Of Grapes For Bearded Dragons
Disadvantages Of Grapes For Bearded Dragons
How Should I Feed Grapes To A Bearded Dragon?
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.
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 Much Grapes Should I Feed A Bearded Dragon?
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.
Nutritional Data For Grapes For Bearded Dragons
|Water Content (%)||84.3|
|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)|
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.
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.
Frequency: OCCASIONAL TREAT.
For more information on other vegetables that Bearded Dragons can eat, please see our larger overview post at ‘What Vegetables Can Bearded Dragons Eat?’
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.
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