Bearded dragons love the occasional piece of fruit in their diet. Overall, fruits should make up around 15% of a healthy, balanced diet, while 35% should be vegetables and greens and the remaining 50% live food.
Not all fruits have the same health benefits, though, and some are even plain dangerous. So you need to monitor your bearded dragon’s diet carefully.
Hopefully this little guide will help!
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cantaloupe?
Yes. Your bearded dragon can eat cantaloupe. It’s tasty and has lots of great nutrients to keep your dragon healthy, namely:
- Folate: Helps with healthy cell regeneration and healthy blood cells.
- Beta-carotene: Helps aid development, making cantaloupe particularly beneficial for a young bearded dragons.
- Vitamin C: Helps fight off infection and illness and keeps your bearded dragon’s immune system healthy.
Feeding a small piece of cantaloupe (100 grams) once a week will contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges?
As tasty as oranges are, they can be pretty bad for your bearded dragon, so they aren’t a suitable food source. They contain:
- Oxalic acid: An excess of this in your bearded dragon’s system is the main cause of metabolic bone disease, which causes weak, brittle bones and can even be fatal.
- Citric acid: Can damage your bearded dragon’s stomach lining.
- High sugar content: Can cause weight gain or extreme diarrhea and eventually dehydration.
Overall, oranges are one to avoid!
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pumpkins?
Although bearded dragons can eat pumpkin, it’s not recommended. The flesh of a pumpkin contains dangerously high amounts of phosphorus that can prevent the intake of calcium. There’s also minimal nutritional benefit to pumpkin flesh.
The seeds are also too large to break down and chew and can be a choking hazard. And the texture can dehydrate them.
The one good part of the pumpkin is the leaf. If you can get hold of pumpkin leaf (after washing it), you can feed a small portion to your bearded dragon once a week.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches?
Peaches are one of the best fruits for your bearded dragon. They aren’t too sweet, so they rarely cause digestion issues, and they’re 88% water, which means your bearded dragon will get a hydration boost.
They’re also packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, all of which strengthen their immune system and help them break down other foods.
A few small squares of peach per week will keep them healthy and provide a nice, welcome treat.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pomegranates?
Pomegranate is great to sweeten up a leafy salad for your bearded dragon. However, it does contain a lot of sugar and phosphorus. This means that, although they’re tasty, they can cause some health issues:
- Impaction: The seeds can compact in their digestive system and cause constipation.
- Weight gain: Excessive sugar causes weight gain.
- Limited calcium: Phosphorus reduces the amount of calcium that can be absorbed.
Limit them to a couple of pomegranate arils per month.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Mango?
Bearded dragons can eat mango, but you must use ripe mango.
When mango is ripe, it contains more antioxidants, which are great for repairing your bearded dragon’s skin. It’s also much easier for them to eat since it’s squishy, and the taste becomes sweeter too.
However, mango skin can be very tough and may even break a bearded dragon’s teeth, so make sure you only provide the mango’s fleshy middle – removing any seeds.
Serve it once a week alongside a green salad to keep their diet varied.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit is excellent for bearded dragons. It’s not too sweet, so it can be given more often than some other fruits, but it still shouldn’t be given as part of a daily diet.
A small slice once a week will be enough. Make sure you only offer your bearded dragon the fleshy inside. The skin will need to be removed completely.
The seeds in the dragon fruit are edible and give your dragon that extra bit of texture to spice up its diet. However, you need to be careful as the seeds can put them in danger of impaction if they ingest too many of them.
To avoid this, make sure that the slices you provide are thin so your bearded dragon can eat them easily and avoid swallowing too many seeds at once. Or simply take them out.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Figs?
Raw figs are great for bearded dragons. They contain lots of calcium, which helps strengthen their bones.
Bearded dragons are prone to metabolic bone disease, which can cause their bones to become weak and bendy – eventually leading to disfigurement. So giving them as much calcium as possible is very beneficial for their wellbeing. One fig a week will do the trick.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?
Yes, bearded dragons can eat grapes. But they shouldn’t be part of their daily diet. The sugar can be overpowering to their digestive system and might cause diarrhea if they have too much.
It’s best to cut a grape into four pieces to allow your bearded dragon to eat it safely. Green, red and purple grapes are all perfectly fine.
They are packed with fiber and calcium and offer that extra bit of moisture into your bearded dragon’s diet. Bearded dragons don’t drink too much in the traditional way, so making sure they ingest fluids from their food sources is essential.
Just make sure you purchase seedless grapes. Grape seeds are incredibly solid and can be sharp. Accidentally swallowing a seed could cause choking, impaction, or other serious health complications.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cranberries?
Bearded dragons can eat both dry and fresh cranberries. However, these should be limited to one or two weekly. Their high phosphorus content stops all the great calcium within them from being absorbed.
Dried cranberries also contain a lot of sugar to take away the tart flavor. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and larger digestive problems.
Which Other Fruits Should You Try?
Remember, no fruit is wholly good for your bearded dragon; it’s all about moderation. If you have a bearded dragon, check out our guide on how to bathe it!