In previous articles, we considered can bearded dragons eat strawberries and grapes and the answer was yes, in moderate amounts this exotic lizard can periodically enjoy those fruits. How about blueberries? Can bearded dragons eat blueberries? Let’s investigate.
Bearded dragons have unusual feeding habits. They are omnivores which means that they must have both meat and plant food in their diet. Food of plant origin should initially be represented by 20-30%, but its amount in the diet increases over time so that in older bearded dragons share of vegetables should be around 70% and animal origin foods around 30%.
While the animal is young, for the first few months, it could happen that it refuse plant food, and some bearded dragons eat certain plants that they’re used to and never accept other types of plants, ie food of plant origin. Sour fruits should be avoided in their diet.
Blueberries are safe for bearded dragons and they can eat this fruit, but also in moderate amounts. Blueberries have rich nutritional value – they contain antioxidants (especially fruit skin) which boost the immune system and eliminate free radicals that cause diseases. There are also carbohydrates, which give energy, manganese for inflammation prevention, vitamin C, and vitamin K1. They can be given fresh or frozen to your pet.
It’s also important to mention that blueberries contain a big percentage of water – nearly 85%, so they provide hydration for your pet. Still, your bearded dragon shouldn’t be eating this fruit all the time, but occasionally.
How many blueberries can a bearded dragon eat?
A bearded dragon can have 4 or 5 blueberries once a week. Fruit should be a treat for your little reptile and not a main source of food.
Can I feed my bearded dragon blueberries every day?
No. The bearded dragon’s diet shouldn’t be based on sugary food.
Although very healthy, blueberries still have a lot of sugar. Bearded dragons are prone to gaining weight (and getting diabetes!) as they’re not especially active in captivity. Their sugar intake should be controlled.
It’s desirable that you give your pet a fruit once in a while, but vegetables are a better choice since they have less sugar and the same amount of vitamins and minerals.
Also, high water content could give your pet diarrhea if you exaggerate the amount of fruit you serve him. Bearded dragon is a desert animal and he can better tolerate a lack of water than excessive amounts.
Another problem with blueberries is the phosphorus vs calcium ratio. Bearded dragons need calcium to survive, but the high concentrations of phosphorus bind calcium before it’s absorbed in the bearded dragon’s bloodstream. Your pet could get metabolic bone disease, which is extremely painful and can cause animal death.
What kind of berries can my bearded dragon eat?
Bearded dragons can eat strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries since they have moderate sugar levels and a lot of nutritive valuable ingredients. Also, those berries are not highly acidic, since acidic fruit can burn a bearded dragon’s mouth and throat.
Bearded dragons can also eat blackberries, but you should be careful. Blackberries are a bit on the hard side and it is questionable can lizard take a bite with his teeth and can he chew the whole blackberry. If you decide to give him this fruit, cut blackberry in half or in quarts before you serve it to your pet.