Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries? Benefits & Risks


Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries

Given that bearded dragons are attracted to bright colors. I got curious about whether they can be attracted to strawberries and the nutritional benefits they can get. Below are the results of my research.

Can bearded dragons eat strawberries? Bearded dragons can eat strawberries but only as an occasional treat. Feeding bearded dragons strawberries will provide them with water, fiber, and vitamins. However, strawberries calcium to phosphorus is not within the recommended 2:1 or 1:1. Feeding strawberries daily could cause metabolic bone disease to bearded dragons.

Strawberries just like other fruits such as apples, cantaloupe should be offered only as a treat. Most fruits calcium and phosphorus ratio is way high beyond the recommended levels.

Strawberries in Bearded Dragon’s Diet

Strawberries just like other fruits such as apples, cantaloupe should be offered only as a treat. Most fruits calcium and phosphorus ratio is way high beyond the recommended levels.

Strawberries just like other fruits such as apples, cantaloupe should be offered only as a treat. Most fruits calcium and phosphorus ratio is way high beyond the recommended levels.

Nutritional value of Strawberries

The table below shows the nutrional value of strawberries per 100g servings.

NameAmountUnit
Water90.95g
Energy32Kcal
Protein0.67g
Total lipid (fat)0.3g
Carbohydrate, by difference7.68g
Fiber2g
Sugars4.89g
Calcium, Ca16mg
Phosphorus, P24mg
Sodium, Na1mg
Vitamin C58.8mg
Iron, Fe0.41mg
Magnesium, Mg0.386mg
Potassium, K153mg
Vitamin B-60.047mg
Vitamin A,12IU

From the table above you can see we have bolded the most important nutrients that strawberries offer to bearded dragons. Let us discuss the importance and risks each nutrient offers to the bearded dragons below.

Benefits of feeding Strawberries to Bearded Dragons

water

Hydration is very important in the health of a bearded dragon. One of the importance of keeping your bearded dragon hydrated is it will make it easy for it to shed its skin without issues.

Hydation can also help prevent impaction or constipation.

Unfortunately, there are some bearded dragons that are not good at drinking water from the bowls. We have discussed 6 techniques you can use to make sure your bearded dragon is hydrated.

While having a bowl is one of the ways to make sure your dragon drinks water. Having it in the cage for long can lead to increased humidity, humidity above 40% can be cause harm to your bearded dragon.

Remember these lizards come from the desert of Australia, and humidity in the desert is not that high.

The best way to make sure your dragon is well hydrated is to ensure that it eats food that has some water content after all dragons don’t seem to like or notice standing water.

Offering strawberries among other fruits such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, apples once in a while can keep your dragons hydrated, and also make sure the humidity levels are not skewed.

Fiber

Besides keeping your bearded dragon hydrated, they also need to have enough fiber in their diet.

Young bearded dragons diet is composed of insects that have a hard exoskeleton.

Digesting this exoskeleton successfully and avoiding constipation or impaction requires fiber. Read this post here how swimming can help prevent impaction.

Most of the greens and fruits will provide fibers in the dragon’s diet, and strawberries are no exception.

Vitamin A and C

Bearded dragons need vitamins in their diet to keep them healthy. Some of these vitamins include A, D3, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, and K. Vitamins And C are important in maintaining the integrity of the mucous membrane.

Vitamin C is also very important in the maintenance of the skin especially shedding. Vitamin C can help treat hyperkeratosis in reptiles such as Iguanas.

Deficiency of vitamin C can result in lesions in the skin and mouth.

Always ensure your bearded dragon is having a balanced diet every day of its life.

Risks of feeding Strawberries to Bearded Dragons

Feeding strawberries to bearded dragons have some risks especially if you feed it on a daily basis.

sugars

Strawberries have considerably high sugar per 100g of servings. Given that strawberries are not the only fruits you will be feeding your bearded dragon.

You should be feeding strawberries to your bearded dragons once in a while and you should not accompany them with another fruit with high sugar concentration.

Maybe you can add strawberries with kales or carrots instead of combining them with fruits such as watermelons.

High sugar content in the bearded dragon diet can cause teeth decay and obesity especially in adult dragons that do not exercise as they do in the wild if fed much often.

Calcium to phosphorus ration

Calculating the Ca:P ratio

NutrientAmountCalculations
Calcium16 mg16/16=1
Phosphorus24 mg24/16=1.5
Ca:P ratio1:1.5

Calcium is very important in the health of a bearded dragon. Low calcium levels in the body of a bearded dragon can result in adverse health conditions such as metabolic bone disease.

A dragon suffering from this disease is not attractive to look at, at all. Therefore whatever you do always ensure that your dragon is having enough calcium supplements at all times plus enough vitamin D3 which will help it utilize calcium properly.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained from the dragons cage lighting and from the sun.

Back to calcium, you see when calcium reacts with phosphorus it creates calcium phosphates. As a result, this reaction prevents the bearded dragon body from utilizing calcium.

As a result, the recomemmended ratio of calcium to phosphorus is 2:1 and 1:1.

Looking at the table above, the phosphorus values exceeds the calcium values.

Consequently, feeding strawberries as a staple food to the bearded dragon will interfere with your bearded dragon’s ability to obtain the calcium it needs.

Oxalic Acid

Strawberries have low levels of oxalic, low enough that they are considered safe for bearded dragons to eat strawberries once a month. Atleast not as high as spinach.

How to feed strawberries to bearded dragons

Follow these steps when feeding strawberries to bearded dragons

  • Acquire fresh strawberries, homegrown is the best
  • Clean them thoroughly
  • Cut them into small pieces
  • Put them in the bowl with some greens
  • Offer your dragon for 10-15 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Bearded dragons eat frozen strawberries? Bearded dragons should not be fed frozen strawberries. Frozen fruits lose their nutrients with time. If you can always feed fresh fruits and veggies.

Can Bearded dragons eat strawberries and blueberries? Bearded dragons can eat both strawberries and blueberries, However, like most fruits strawberries and blueberries should be offered as a treat and not as a staple food.

Can bearded dragons eat strawberries everyday? You should not feed strawberries to bearded dragons on daily basis. While they will enjoy eating strawberries. The calcium phosphorus ratio of strawberries can be dangerous to your dragons in the long run.

Can bearded dragons eat strawberries seeds? Definetly, bearded dragons can eat strawberries seeds without affecting their health negatively. But feeding strawberries should be kept at once a month.

Conclusions

While strawberries are safe for your bearded dragon, they should not be offered daily. They should only be offred ocassionaly along other treats. The calcium phosphorus ratio of strawberries is way beyong the recommended 1:1 or 2:1 Ca:P.

moffitoh

My Name is Moffitoh, I operate a pet shop which deals in various pets such as reptiles, snakes, birds and Ornamental fish and plants. I also hold Bsc. degree in Applied Aquatic Science currently pursuing a Master's degree in Fish Pathology. This blog is a collection of answers to questions I encounter daily while dealing with Pets and Pets customers at the store.

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