Bearded Dragon Fruit: What’s Safe, What Isn’t
What Fruits Can Bearded Dragons Eat?
We often get asked what fruits can bearded dragons eat, or indeed whether they in fact can eat any fruits at all. Bearded dragons can definitely eat fruit, however some fruits are more suitable than others. You should really only give a bearded dragon fruit as a treat though not as part of their staple diet.
In this post we’ll look at the more common fruits that bearded dragons like to eat and ones which should definitely be avoided.
Fruits are high in water content which can be helpful to keep your bearded dragon hydrated. However, vegetables are generally a better option for this as they contain less sugar.
All fruits are high in sugar content, which has a number of risk factors for bearded dragons. The following things can occur if you feed too much fruit to your bearded dragon.
- Calcium deficiency, which in turn leads to Metabolic Bone Disease. A lot of the fruits listed here are high in oxalates which bind to calcium and prevent its uptake into the system.
- Tooth decay, because of the sugar content.
- Over-fermentation in the gut, again because of the sugar content.
- Obesity, due to the sugar content and lack of exercise experienced by captive dragons.
- Acidity regulation. Many fruits are quite acidic in nature, particularly of course the citrus fruits and tomatoes. We recommend avoiding fruits that are too acidic as it upsets the natural balance of gut flora required for proper digestion of other foods.
- Too much sugar, acid or water will potentially cause diarrhoea and therefore dehydration. So even though fruit contains a lot of water, they could lose more than they gain if they’re fed too much fruit.
If you’re looking for which vegetables and leafy greens are safe for bearded dragons, then check this article instead. And if you’re wanting to know which insects or live food are suitable for bearded dragons, try this article instead.
Keep reading for more information on what fruits can bearded dragons eat specifically.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Avocado?
Avoid Avocado for bearded dragons – it can be poisonous even at relatively small doses.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Banana?
However, although Beardies love bananas, they’re not that good for them. They’re very high in phosphorus. Phosphorus binds with calcium, meaning it is no longer available for metabolism. This isn’t a problem once in a while as a treat. You shouldn’t feed it too often because if your bearded dragon doesn’t get enough calcium they’ll end up with Metabolic Bone Disease.
Bearded dragons can also eat the banana skin if it’s grown organically, well washed and chopped up.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blackberries?
Blackberries are a fair bit harder than raspberries and should definitely be cut into pieces for baby bearded dragons. Adult dragons probably won’t struggle with them but it won’t hurt if they’re cut in half before feeding.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blueberries?
Further details about blueberries for bearded dragons is available in this post
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It doesn’t have very much calcium in it but does contain a fair amount of potassium. Excess potassium in the bearded dragon diet can reduce the calcium uptake and can therefore lead to Metabolic Bone Disease
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherries?
Impaction is discussed in various other stories throughout the site, such as this one ( Bearded dragon impaction and how to avoid it ) or this one ( my bearded dragon won’t eat ). To avoid impaction from cherries just make sure you remove the stone before feeding them to you little friend.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?
Grapes are a relatively good source of calcium with a moderate amount of phosphates, but they’re quite sugary so should only be given in moderation. Be aware too that they contain a fairly high amount of oxalates, so be extra cautious if you’re struggling with a calcium deficient dragon.
More information about Grapes for Bearded Dragons is available here.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mango?
More details about feeding Mango to bearded dragons is available here.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges?
The same also applies to navel oranges, satsumas, clementines and mandarin oranges. In fact, pretty much all citrus fruit should be avoided due to the high acid levels.
More reasons why you shouldn’t feed oranges to bearded dragons is here
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches?
The pit, or stone should be removed before feeding to a bearded dragon and the skins should be removed. The rest of the peach can then be chopped up and given to your dragon.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pears?
Pears are quite high in oxalates as well as sugars of course, so once again, only give as a treat now and then or in small doses with a normal salad.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Raspberries?
Raspberries can be fed whole to adult bearded dragons as they’ll mush them up nicely in their mouth. Bearded dragons do tend to like raspberries so be careful that they don’t get too attached to them and stop eating other things. Also, when feeding raspberries by hand be careful to avoid being bitten by your bearded dragon.
We tend to add a sliced up raspberry to our girl’s salads. One of them loves a bit of raspberry and it’s helped them to realise where the salad bowl is and what’s in it. So if you’re finding it awkward to get your bearded dragon to eat salad then a few thin raspberry slices in the salad bowl might help!
Learn how to feed raspberries for bearded dragons here.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Rhubarb?
Rhubarb is highly toxic to Bearded Dragons. Rhubarb is a nephrotoxin and will damage or destroy their kidneys. If your bearded dragon eats any rhubarb it’s vital to contact your vet as soon as possible.
Rhubarb is best avoided by humans who have kidney issues too – particularly those who have kidney stones. It’s a nephrotoxin to humans too, although the doses required to cause problems are a lot larger for humans, since they and their kidneys are larger too.
Don’t give Rhubarb to bearded dragons – it’s highly toxic to them.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry / Strawberries?
Strawberries can be quite large and may present a problem for swallowing in the smaller, younger dragons. Give consideration to cutting them into a better size before feeding them to your bearded dragon as you don’t want them to choke.
You can find more information about strawberries for bearded dragons here.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?
Learn more about watermelon for bearded dragons in this post
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kiwi?
Kiwi is safe for bearded dragons in moderation, as with many of the other fruits. It can be a little acidic but in small doses now and then it is fine.
The kiwi skin is quite tough and so should be removed leaving just the softer inner flesh.
Kiwi’s are moderate oxalate carriers but again, as a treat this is not a problem.
As you can see from the list above, most fruits are reasonably safe for bearded dragons with the exception of Rhubarb (which isn’t really a fruit anyway – but most people consider it a ‘dessert’ food so we’ve included it here). Avocado, which is a fruit that isn’t normally thought of as such, is not suitable for bearded dragons as they have a huge amount of oxalate content and can be poisonous to them.
All the other fruits listed are safe, but like many things they should be given only in moderation. You should only feed a bearded dragon fruit as a treat every now and then.
Thanks for reading,
Steve and Claire – Bearded Dragons Rock.
I’ve been searching the net to find information as to whether or not my beardie can have an occasional cape gooseberry, but I’m not finding anything. Kiwifruit is a chinese gooseberry so that’s allowed, but I’m unsure of the cape gooseberries because they taste tangy like an orange. I don’t believe that it’s a citrus fruit because it’s listed as a berry. Can someone please help me out?
Yes! Let me know too! I can’t find the answer anywhere. However I did give one to my beardie today and she looks fine 🙂
The cape gooseberry is not something we know much about, however I have just done a little research for you, and the cape gooseberry is part of the nightshade family.
some of which can be eaten by bearded dragons but many should be avoided these include tomatoes, potatoes (does not include sweet potatoes as these are not a member of the nightshade family) and eggplant (aubergine).
With that in mind I would err on the side of caution and avoid feeding it to your beardie, as there are many safe fruits available.
It is worth noting that even safe fruits should only been given very occasionally
Sorry we couldn’t give you a more definitive answer.
Claire and Steve
Tysm this was very helpful and my bearded dragon is very happy with her fruits of choice and her favorite fruit is now blueberries!
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