Like most of the other fruits, apples, grapes, pears are suitable for bearded dragons only as a special treat. In other words, you should only feed your dragon with this sweet treats rarely. Once a week or less would be enough. Make sure they are cleaned before feeding them to your dragon.
Also, you should make sure that your Bearded dragon is in prime health before giving fruit treats that may not be so great for a dragon with a condition.
Below we will discuss on why or why not you should feed your Bearded Dragon any of these foods.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?
Yes, you can feed your Bearded Dragons apples as a treat as long as the apple is either soft, peeled, and cut into pieces. The right cutting size of each apple is less than the width of their eyes. This ensures the piece can safely eaten with ease. Bearded Dragons can’t eat apple peels because they just can’t digest them so the apple must be peeled and cut into pieces.
Make sure that your Bearded Dragon is at least a few months old before feeding them apples due to they may have a hard time digesting it compared to a normal diet.
Remember, Please only give apples as treats and not as part of their main diet. Fruits are filled with sugar and does not provide enough nutrients such as protein and essential vitamins.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?
Yes, Bearded Dragons can eat grapes as long as they are cut into pieces no wider than their eyes. This will make it easier for your dragon to eat the grapes. Some of your Bearded Dragons will like grapes and others will not maybe try another fruit if they don’t eat the grapes.
Why Grapes can be bad for Bearded Dragons?
There are a couple of reasons why grapes can be bad for your bearded dragon.
– Grapes contain oxalates.
Oxalates are rather notorious for playing a role in disrupting the body’s ability to fully absorb and use its intake of calcium.
Because of this, it is advisable that you try and avoid giving your bearded dragon foods rich in oxalates because they can significantly disrupt calcium intake. Grapes are relatively low in oxalates, but too many grapes could absorb too much calcium which your bearded dragon needs so badly.
– Grapes have seeds
If you buy seedless grapes for sure those grapes have less seeds than most other grapes, but it is not guaranteed that do not have any seeds at all.
So it is very important to remove every seed you can find no matter how small it might be.
Bearded dragons can get impacted from those seeds, which means that they are not able to have a bowel movement anymore until they get help or die.
If you already fed a lot of grapes and you fear that your bearded dragon might swallowed a seed and is unable to defecate now, give your bearded dragon a warm bath and rub its belly gently.
Warm baths can help impacted bearded dragons to relax and have a bowel movement. If your bearded dragon is not able to defecate for 7 days, you should definitely take your bearded dragon to a reptile vet immediately.
– Grapes contain a lot of water
Bearded dragons come from the dry woodlands of Australia and they are used to being dehydrated for a very long period of time. So bearded dragons do not really need a lot of water.
Grapes contain a lot of water and this can lead to diarrhea. Bearded Dragons get most of the water they need from their food
– Sugar and fruit acid
Grapes are high in fiber, which is great for bearded dragons. But they also contain sugar and fruit acid and this can lead to diabetes and fatty liver disease. Many bearded dragons die from that.
Can Bearded Dragon eat grape skin?
Bearded dragons can eat grape skin without any problems, since it is easy to digest and bearded dragons can swallow it without any problems.
Can Bearded Dragon eat green/red/purple grapes?
It does not matter if the grapes are green, red or purple, bearded dragons can eat all grapes. Again, feeding bearded dragons with grapes every day is not recommended.
Remember, Please only give grapes as treats and not as part of their main diet. Fruits are filled with sugar and does not provide enough nutrients such as protein and essential vitamins. Also, please do not feed grapes to young bearded dragons due to fruit may interfere with there digestion.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pears?
Yes, Bearded Dragons can eat pears as long as they are cut into pieces no wider than the width of their eyes. Remove the stem and skin as well as the core. Pears may be given only as treats and not as part of their main diet. Some Dragons love eating pears but others don’t so maybe try apples or grapes instead.
As mentioned make sure your that your Bearded Dragon is not too young before feeding them pears because smaller bearded dragons may have a harder time chewing and digesting the fruit.
Why Pears can be bad for Bearded Dragons?
Pears are quite high in oxalates so only gives in a small doses. Too many pears could cause Calcium deficiency, which in turn leads to Metabolic Bone Disease!
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. Avoid giving bearded dragon citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemon and lime.
• Too much sugar, acid or water will potentially cause diarrhea 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.