There’s a common misconception among bearded dragon owners, and that is that our beloved reptiles can munch on pretty much anything we eat, but this couldn’t be more wrong. Today’s post, however, is only about strawberries…you have to start somewhere.
Bearded dragons can eat strawberries as long as they are only served as a treat. . Strawberries should only be fed to dragons in small portions and from time to time. Specifically, feeding strawberries once or twice a week is considered to be safe.
Apart from that, I’ll also cover some other related questions at the END of this article, so make sure you stick with me till the end. Let’s get started.
Nutrition In Strawberries
Here’s what you’ll find in 100 Grams of Raw Strawberries:
|Nutrients in Strawberries||Amount|
|Vitamin A||12 IU|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
To go even further, let’s take a closer look at some of the most important NUTRIENTS found in strawberries.
Due to the fact that strawberries are VERY high in water[91%], their carb content is very low, meaning that strawberry feeding should not lead to big spikes in blood sugar levels in bearded dragons.
Strawberries also contain dietary fibers, which can improve the digestive system, help with weight lose in fat dragons, and also have the ability to prevent many other diseases.
As for vitamins, strawberries are a RICH source of vitamin C, manganese, B9 and Potassium. Vitamin C, however, has a VERY important role as it has the ability to strengthen the immune system and improve skin health.
The Ca:P Ratio is decent in strawberries taking into consideration that they’re fruits and should only be served as a treat.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries?
Bearded Dragons can eat strawberries. In fact, strawberries make a GREAT treat for bearded dragons. Strawberries are packed with a variety of ESSENTIAL vitamins and minerals such a Vitamin C, A, and Magnesium.
As I always like to say, every pet is different, and so it’s yours. Now that you know that bearded dragons can eat strawberries doesn’t imply that he will LOVE the taste and start munching it as soon as you give it to him.
Some dragons are NOT so fond of fruits while some other LOVE them. It’s completely natural.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry Leaves?
Bearded Dragons can eat strawberry leaves. In fact, strawberry leaves are infused with antioxidants which can help treat diarrhea or vascular diseases. Personally, I’ve NEVER heard or read of any harmful effect strawberry leaves may have had in bearded dragons.
This does NOT necessary imply that you can give him strawberry leaves on a daily basis. You should stick to his main diet and only serve him strawberry leaves once in a while and in limited portion.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry Tops?
Bearded Dragons can eat strawberry tops as well. In fact, added to their salad, strawberry tops will boost the nutritional value of its meal. Strawberry tops should be served in moderation as well.
Strawberry tops are a great addition to your dragon’s diet, when compared to the actual fruit. The sugar content present in tops is actually lower, but at the same time, the fiber and Vitamin C is prominent.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry Jam?
Bearded Dragons cannot eat strawberry jam. You should definitely NOT feed strawberry jam or any type of jam to your bearded dragon as there is far TOO much sugar in this food item.
Bearded dragons have a sensitive digestive system, meaning you CAN’T just throw any type of food at them, especially something as sweet as the jam. To much sugar in their diet can lead to serious health issues.
Having a balanced diet is VERY important. Failure to do so will expose your pet to a variety of health diseases. In fact, according to the veterinarians at VeterinaryPartner, an imbalanced diet is the main reason for which Bearded Dragons suffer from Fatty Liver Disease, one of the most common diseases in bearded dragons.
Here’s an article called Fatty Liver Disease in Reptiles published a while back by the veterinarians at VeterinaryPartner. Make sure to check that out if you need more proof or wish to understand how to better care for your reptile pet.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry Seeds?
Bearded Dragons can eat strawberry seeds. It’s alright if your dragon munch on the strawberry along with its seeds. The seeds found in strawberries are VERY tiny and SOFT, so bearded dragons can easily feed on them.
However, they can’t eat too many of them at one time as it may lead to serious stomach issues. Lastly, you’re good to go as long as you don’t feed your dragon with bad seeds such as apples seeds or watermelon seeds.
These are way TOO big for bearded dragons and may pose a chocking hazard or serious digestive issues.
Generally considered nutritionally poor for bearded dragons, fruits should NOT make up a large portion of their diet. In fact, fruits should ONLY comprise about 5 to 10% of your dragon’s diet, and that percent only applies to adult dragons.
If you need more data to back this up, take a look at the veterinarians from VCA Hospitals. These guys added strawberries on their Top 5 List Fruits to Be Fed to Bearded Dragons. With that being said, let’s see what are some of the benefits of including strawberries in your beardie’s diet:
Reduces Inflammation: According to this article called The 13 Most Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Can Eat by HealthLine.com, strawberries contain a high number of antioxidants which can have anti-inflammatory effects, prevent the risk of diseases, and lower levels of certain inflammatory markers.
Blood Sugar Regulation: On a final note, strawberries, when nicely added to your dragon’s diet, can also slow down glucose digestion, prevent constipation, and keep your dragon joyful and healthy.
You know what’s the BEST part? ALL these possible concerns and diseases are EASY to avoid if you remember to feed your dragon fruits in moderation. Let’s dive right in and see some of the possible bad outcomes and how to nicely avoid them.
Metabolic Bone Disease: Strawberries have a phosphorus to calcium ratio. In fact, the phosphorus to calcium ratio, according to a study conducted by Robert D. Ness from Ness Exotic Wellness Center is 1.3 to 1.
It is known that bearded dragons need more calcium than phosphorus in their daily diet. Failure in doing so can result in your bearded dragon suffering from painful illnesses such as the Metabolic Bone Disease [MBD].
One thing bearded dragon owners should do is make sure their beloved pet receives enough calcium from their daily meals, and if NOT, calcium supplementation is a GOOD solution to ensure proper levels of calcium.
Digestion Issues: Like most fruits do, strawberries have a high content of sugar. TOO much sugar can lead to obesity, dehydration, digestion problems, diarrhea, which can further develop into more serious issues.
Feeding a bearded dragon too much sugar for prolonged periods of time can lead to serious health issues. Here’s an articled published by the veterinarians at Azeah.com, mentioning what are some of the main causes of diarrhea in bearded dragons.
Tooth Decay: This can also happen due to the high amounts of sugar found in strawberries. Making sure your dragon receives the right amount of calcium, which is responsible for proper bone development and tooth strength is crucial.
How Often Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries?
By now should already now that feeding your dragon strawberries every day is OUT of the question. Assuming we’re both on the same page here, how OFTEN can you do it?
Well, from my experience I would say that feeding your beardie strawberries once or twice a week is safe as long as you serve him a SMALL portion of strawberries.
How to Prepare Strawberries For a Bearded Dragon
One of the most IMPORTANT things you should keep an eye on here is making sure the fruits you serve to your dragon are pesticide and herbicide FREE. Here’s an article from PetMD on the importance of serving bearded dragons only herbicide and pesticide free fruits.
- Choose some SOFT, JUICY, and EASY TO EAT strawberries.
- Clean them properly.
- Cut the strawberries in small pieces. Preferably in 2 to 4 pieces so that your dragon can munch on them easily.
- Put them on a bowl and serve it to your dragon.
As you can see bearded dragons can SAFELY eat strawberries as long as you ensure you serve them in moderation. Fresh and ripe fruits are also a BETTER option. Here’s a SUMMARY of what we’ve covered in today’s post:
Bearded dragons CAN eat strawberries, strawberry leaves, strawberry tops or strawberry seeds but they can NOT eat dried strawberries and strawberry jam.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Dried Strawberries? Bearded Dragons cannot and should not be fed dried strawberries. In fact, dried fruit is NOT an option for bearded dragons as these fruits have higher content of sugar in it. I genuinely believe that a dragon’s diet should consist of 99% fresh foods.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blackberries? Bearded dragons can SAFELY feed on Blackberries but only occasionally. They are SOFT and EASY to chew. Additionally, you can add small pieces of them over your beardie’s salad and boost the nutritional value of its meal.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherries? Bearded dragons will happily feed on Cherries. However, feeding in moderation is advised as Cherries, like most fruits, have a HIGH content of sugar and fruit acid, which can further cause serious digestive illnesses.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blueberries? Bearded dragons CAN eat Blueberries but only fed in moderation. Avoid feeding your dragon frozen or unwashed blueberries as they often contain preservatives or pesticides which can make your dragon ill.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cranberries? Bearded dragons CAN eat Cranberries but only occasionally. The reason Cranberries should NOT be served too often is due to their high content of fiber and the phosphorus to calcium ratio.