Bearded dragons can eat pineapple, however, as with any fruit, you should only feed pineapple to a dragon from time to time. Pineapple has moderate levels of oxalates, which can bind with calcium and can mess up with your dragon’s calcium absorption.
In today’s post, we’ll address the above question and also look into some other related questions you may have, so make sure you stick with me for a few minutes. Let’s get started.
Nutrition In Pineapple
Here’s a table with the Nutrition Facts for one medium-sized cup of fresh pineapple chunks according to MedicalNewsToday.com:
|Vitamin C||131% of RDI|
|Vitamin A||2% of RDI|
Let’s take a closer and more in-depth look at some of the most important vitamins and minerals found in pineapple:
Pineapple contain a decent amount of Vitamin C, which is responsible for a LOT of functions such as a strong immune system, quick recovery from wounds or other diseases as well as absorption of Iron and other important vitamins and minerals.
Pineapple has a decent amount of Calcium and Potassium as well. Potassium is mainly responsible for retention of the water in the body, keeping your dragon hydrated throughout summer days while calcium is very important in bearded dragons, especially in juvenile ones.
Calcium is mainly responsible for healthy development of bones and body tissues and it’s VERY important to provide your dragon with the right amount of calcium from its daily meal.
In fact, bearded dragons need supplements to get the amount of calcium they need since it seems like they can’t have enough from their diet.
On top of that, pineapple has a moderate content of oxalates, which can bind with calcium and mess up with your dragon’s calcium absorption.
Metabolic Bone Disease, in most cases, is the result of an imbalanced diet that can lead to calcium deficiency, which can further develop into Metabolic Bone Disease.
Calcium deficiency usually occurs in bearded dragons when fed foods rich in oxalates, which is why is so important to only serve those foods as a treat from time to time and not as staple food.
Most fruits have a decent content of oxalates as well as natural sugar, which is the main reason for which fruits make up only 10 to 20% of a dragon’s diet.
In addition to that, I’d recommend reading this article called Bearded Dragons As Pets by TheSprucePets.com, which highlights some of the most common diseases found in bearded dragons as well as the factors that contribute to their suffering.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple?
Hell yeah. If he likes it, you can give him a few small slices. However, pineapple, as with any fruit on that matter, should only be fed to bearded dragons on an occasional basis.
Pineapple is a GREAT source of Vitamin C, which is a vitamin bearded dragons need for sure. Pineapple is also RICH in natural sugar, meaning that feeding in moderation is recommended.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple Leaves?
I wouldn’t do it. I did some research and I found out that, in fact, pineapple leaves have a toxic effect on some pets, so I don’t think it’s worth trying. If I were you I’d just stay away from this one.
On top of that, pineapple leaves have a coarse texture along with a thorn at every end that can pose a chocking hazard in bearded dragons as well as serious digestive issues.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple Skin?
Definitely NOT. Bearded dragons shouldn’t be fed pineapple skin. Pineapple skin has a rough texture along with even more thorns that your bearded dragon won’t be able to ingest at all.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple Core?
No. You should NOT give your dragon pineapple core. The core of the pineapple is not as sweet as the fruit and he may actually not eat it for that matter. Additionally, the core has also a hard texture, which can be a problem if fed to bearded dragons.
Although, the core itself is not at its “core” harmful to bearded dragons, can pose a chocking hazard as well as being harder to ingest, which can lead to other health issues.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple Tops?
Definitely not. Not much to talk about here, but the top of the pineapple is also hard in texture and I don’t think your dragon will be able to chew them. On top of that, the tops contain some toxic enzymes as well, so it’s BETTER to avoid this one completely.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dried Pineapple?
I wouldn’t do it. I don’t think this one would hurt your pet if fed in small portion, but it’s way too sweet for your dragon.
So yeah, due to its high content of sugar and added preservatives, I would not recommend feeding him dried pineapple.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Frozen Pineapple?
No. You shouldn’t give your dragon frozen pineapple. There are some frozen fruits that are decent and good to be fed to dragons if brought to room temperature prior to feeding, but I’d always go for fresh fruits.
Cold foods usually lead to an imbalance in the digestive system of bearded dragons that can further lead to diarrhea or other digestive issues. You might be enticed to throw a slice of frozen pineapple to your dragon in a hot summer day, but it’s BETTER not to do it.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Canned Pineapple?
Although canned pineapple lose some of their nutritional value, it’s okay to be fed to bearded dragons. If you’re lacking other fresh fruits, sure, go for it, but otherwise I wouldn’t do it.
Generally, canned fruits have a higher content of sugar as well as added preservatives, which aren’t that good at all.
Can Bearded Dragons Drink Pineapple Juice?
I would stay away of juice of ANY kind for that matter. Pineapple juice, often times, contains added preservatives as well as extra sweetener that will do nothing but harm to your dragon.
Benefits Vs Hazards
As with any type of food, pineapple can lead to various diseases in bearded dragons if fed in excess such as diarrhea, dehydration, imbalanced calcium to phosphorus ratio, which can further develop into Metabolic Bone Disease.
Your key takeaway from this article should be that fruits should only be fed in moderation to bearded dragons to avoid all of the above. However, pineapple, if nicely added to a balanced diet, can prove to be beneficial due to its decent content of Vitamin C and calcium.
Some of them are proper hydration, healthy digestive system and many others.
How OFTEN Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple?
This one is difficult to answer since you may probably give your beardie some other fruits as well.
But to stay on the safe side on thing, I’d say giving him a decent portion of nicely cut pineapple once or twice a month is considered to be safe.
Preparing Pineapple For Bearded Dragons
Time to serve pineapple to your bearded dragon. I’d recommend staying for 2 more minutes with as it is important to make sure you do this the right way. Here’s what you need to do:
- The FIRST step is to choose a fresh and ripe pineapple for your bearded dragon. A fresh and ripe pineapple should smell sweet. Don’t settle for smelly or unripe pineapple as these aren’t usually good for dragons.
- The second step is to remove the leaves, top, skin and wash it properly. Make sure you properly cut off the skin as well as the thorns. The core of the pineapple should be remove as well.
- Not it’s time to cut the pineapple into small slices and…
- Launch time.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kiwi? Rarely. Kiwi make a GREAT treat for bearded dragons but you should only give him kiwi on rare occasions. Kiwi is high in oxalates, which bind with calcium and can mess up with you dragon’s calcium absorption.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherries? Occasionally. In fact, cherries are a GREAT source of potassium, which is something bearded dragons need. However, cherries are fruits, meaning that fruits should only make up 10 to 20% of your dragon’s diet, which is important to serve cherries to your dragon only as a treat.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dragon Fruit? Occasionally. Feed your dragon dragon fruit like you feed any other fruits that are good for them, meaning only fresh and from time to time. Definitely, dragon fruit shouldn’t be staple in your dragon’s diet.