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 in Bearded Dragon’s Diet
Nutritional value of Strawberries
The table below shows the nutrional value of strawberries per 100g servings.
|Total lipid (fat)||0.3||g|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||7.68||g|
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.