Bearded Dragons can eat peaches. Make sure they are cut to the right size prior to feeding your dragon as you want to make sure you avoid a chocking hazard. Additionally, you should only give your dragon raw/fresh peaches.
I’ll also indulge in answering some other related questions in regards to bearded dragons and peaches, so make sure to stick with me till the end. Let’s dive right in.
Nutrition In Peaches
Here’s a table with the Nutrition Facts for one medium-sized cup of peaches [100 Grams] according to USDA National Nutrient Database:
|Nutrients [100 Grams]||Amount|
|Vitamin C||6.6 mGrams|
|Vitamin A||16 uGrams|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
Looking at the table below, there are a few things that stand out to me.
First of all, peaches are low in Vitamin C, and Calcium but have a decent content of Vitamin A.
Second of all, the calcium to phosphorus ratio is not good at all. Peaches contain 3 times more phosphorus than calcium.
If you’re not aware of that already, foods that are high in phosphorus are not good at all for your bearded dragon.
In fact, according to this article called Metabolic Bone Disease [MBD] & Disorders in Reptiles by PetMD, a diet that is low in calcium and high in phosphorus will lead to one of the most common and yet dangerous disease in captive bearded dragons.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches?
Being such a GREAT source of vitamins and minerals, peaches, make a great treat for bearded dragons. Bearded dragons need a varied diet and they’re able to feed on almost anything. However, fruits only make up 10 to 20% of their diet.
Therefore, regardless of how much your dragon likes peaches, you should give him peaches in moderation and small amounts. Generally, fruits, including peaches, are a great snack for bearded dragons, but that’s all they should be seen as.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peach Skin?
The skin of the peach is somehow rougher in texture than the fruit itself. Often times, due to their poor ability to chew foods, bearded dragons pose a chocking hazard.
In addition to that, peaches, as with most fruits, are sprayed with a variety of chemicals to keep pests away. The skin of the peach is quiet thin and porous, meaning that often times the chemical are absorbed by the skin and regardless of how good you wash them, some of them won’t go away.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peach Pit?
The pit of the peach is also quiet hard and therefore, impossible for your dragon to chew. And if by any chance, they manage to crack it and feed on the inside of the pit, it may result in a real disaster. The inside of the pit contains a substance called cyanide, which has the ability to really harm your dragon if ingested.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dried Peaches?
Dried peaches contain way MORE sugar than fresh peaches. According to this article called Dried Fruits: Good or Bad? by HealthLine.com, dried fruits usually lose most of their nutrients, especially Vitamin C, which plays a HUGE role in your dragon’s diet.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Canned Peaches?
Canned peaches, often times, contain a LOT of added preservatives and other chemicals to increase their shelf live, which is why is good practice to stay away from canned fruits or veggies altogether.
Although, I’ve NEVER heard of any harm in bearded dragons as a result of feeding them canned fruits, it’s better to avoid them since they’ll provide your dragon with little to no nutritional value.
Benefits – Hazards
Peaches have a decent content of vitamins and minerals that can benefit your dragon if fed occasionally. Vitamin C, which can be found in peaches, is mainly responsible for a good immune system and proper growth and development.
Peaches aren’t VERY rich in calcium but they do have some traces of calcium, which is especially needed in juvenile bearded dragons. In fact, calcium is one of the supplements bearded dragons very much need to ensure strong bones and proper growth.
Peaches, however, can prove to be quite dangerous if fed in excess. Due to their negative calcium to phosphorus ratio, peaches can lead to calcium deficiency. The phosphorus found in peaches will take away some of the calcium bearded dragons need, and can really mess up with their calcium absorption.
In addition to that, peaches, as most fruits, are also high in water content [89%], as well as sugar [8.39 Grams]. Too much sugar in your dragon’s diet can lead to a variety if diseases such as diarrhea, dehydration, fatty liver disease, etc.
How OFTEN Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches?
Well, I would say that feeding your dragon small amounts of peaches once a week won’t do him any harm. Although, I would advise against feeding your dragon the same treat every week.
It’s BETTER, if you ask me, to have in place a varied diet for both veggies and fruits. There are plenty of fruits out there that make a GREAT treat for bearded dragons such as but not limited to strawberries or raspberries.
Preparing Peaches For Bearded Dragons
Preparing a meal for your beloved reptile pet can be quiet different, which is why I feel like I need to have a chapter in this post for this aspect too. Here is a process you can refer to when preparing a peach treat for your bearded dragon:
- The FIRST step is to choose the right kind of peaches for your bearded dragon. I mean fresh and ripe.
- The SECOND step you need to take is ensure you wash the peach properly and remove the both the skin and the pit.
- The THIRD step is very simple. You need to cut the peach to the right size for your bearded dragon. Don’t feed him the whole peach.
- That’s it. Launch time.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherries? Cherries, in fact, are a GREAT source of protein, and yes, bearded dragons can eat cherries. However, despite or their rich content of potassium, cherries should be fed to bearded dragons on an occasional basis, as most fruits should.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Plums? Yes, bearded dragons can eat plums, but only once in a while. Plums are a GREAT source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, but they have also a disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio, making them dangerous to a dragon’s health if fed in excess.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apricots? Apricots are rich in Vitamin A, but they’re also a great source of other vitamins and minerals, however, despite all these things and despite their decent calcium to phosphorus ratio, they should only be fed to dragons from time to time and not as staple food.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Oranges? Rarely. Oranges, in fact, are VERY acidic, which can lead to a variety of digestive issues in bearded dragons if fed in excess. Additionally, the skin of the fruit along with the seeds should be removed prior to feeding.