Bearded Dragons can eat a variety of foods, which is why sometimes may be a bit difficult for a dragon owner to tell which food items are safe to be fed to bearded dragons and which ones are not. How about tomatoes? Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?
Here’s your SHORT answer:
Bearded dragons can eat tomatoes. However, you should only feed a bearded dragon tomatoes occasionally. Tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin A, but the high acidic content in tomatoes recommends them as a treat only. Tomatoes shouldn’t be fed as staple food to bearded dragons.
Make sure to stay on the ship as I am going to deep dive into the topic and provide with all the information you need on how safe is feeding tomatoes to a bearded dragon, as well as what’s the right serving size and how often you should give your dragon tomatoes.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?
As previously mentioned, bearded dragons can safely eat tomatoes as long as you don’t feed them too much tomatoe, but did you know that bearded dragons LOVE the red color? I am sure didn’t know until a few weeks back. This is important because I want you to learn how you can use this to your advantage.
We already decided that tomatoes shouldn’t be fed to bearded dragons as staple food, but you can drop a few small pieces of tomato over it’s leafy green salad and entice him to eat its greens. That’s a nice method you can use to entice him to eat its daily dose of healthy greens.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomato Leaves?
Definitely NOT. Bearded dragons should NOT be fed tomato leaves. Tomato leaves contain a toxic compound known as solanine that can make your dragon physically ill.
It’s better to avoid feeding your dragon tomato leaves, stems, vines or the flower itself. Keep in mind that if given, they may feed on it but it is your responsibility to make sure that won’t happen.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomato Seeds?
While tomato seeds are tiny and soft, it’s BETTER to avoid feeding them to your dragon. Bearded dragons are prone to chocking hazards and so, in my opinion, this is a risk not worth taking. Therefore, making sure you remove the seeds prior to feeding should be on your TO DO list.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cherry Tomatoes?
Yes. Bearded dragons can eat cherry tomatoes. However, make sure you clean them properly to make sure you remove any possible chemicals present on the tomato. Additionally, removing any green parts it is also recommended as these are usually firmer.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Green Tomatoes?
Bearded Dragons cannot eat green tomatoes. Green tomatoes contain solanine as well. This is the same poisonous compound present in tomato leaves, which can cause serious health issues in bearded dragons if ingested.
You should avoid feeding green tomatoes to your bearded dragon completely. Instead, you can serve him some nice looking cherry or regular tomatoes from now and then.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grape Tomatoes?
Yes. Bearded dragons will happily feed on grape tomatoes. However, grape tomatoes should also be fed in moderation and in small quantities. In fact, if you want to serve your dear pet with some nice fresh tomatoes, I would go for cherry or regular.
Ignore green tomatoes completely and try to avoid grape tomatoes as well. Grape tomatoes have a higher content of sugar when compared to cherry or regular tomatoes. As you probably already know, sugar in excess is a NO-GO for bearded dragons.
In fact, high amounts of sugar can lead to weight gain, diarrhea or other more serious diseases.
Nutrition in Tomatoes
Here’s what nutrients you’ll find in 100 Grams of Raw Tomatoes according to USDA National Nutrient Database:
|Nutrients in Tomatoes||Amount|
|Vitamin A||833 IU|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database
Here’s a bit of information about the most important nutrients present in tomatoes and their role:
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, which is a powerful and essential nutrient and antioxidant. One single medium raw tomato contains 27% of the Reference Daily Intake [RDI]. Of course, that reference only applies to humans, but it’s more to get an idea of what that means.
Tomatoes are also a great source of other vitamins such as Vitamin K1, B9 and Potassium. All these added together can help prevent heart related disease and control blood pressure but also ensures bone health and proper growth and development of bones and body tissues.
These are all GREAT benefits of tomatoes but extra caution is recommended when feeding a bearded dragon tomatoes. The Ca:P Ratio in Tomatoes is NOT that great however.
Are Tomatoes Good For Bearded Dragons?
Generally, considered NOT great food for bearded dragons, tomatoes, however, can provide your reptile pet with some benefits. Here’s what I’m referring to:
Promotes Good Vision & Healthy Skin Development
Tomatoes contain Vitamin A, which is responsible for several things such as skin development, good vision as well as growth and reproductive health.
The high content of Vitamin A, however, can become pretty dangerous if you’re also giving your dragon Vitamin A supplements. This is known as Vitamin A Toxicity. I’d recommend reading this article called, Hypervitaminosis A in Reptiles, the veterinarians at TodaysVeterinaryPractice.com published a while back.
On the other hand, the high content of acid oxalic present in tomatoes recommends feeding in moderation and small quantities. We’ll the discuss the hazards of excess feeding later on.
Healthy Immune System
Although, tomatoes aren’t that rich in nutrients, they do however, contain Vitamin C, which is a vitamin bearded dragons need. In fact, a balanced diet in nutrients, including here Vitamin C, will help you dragon stay healthy and joyful.
Vitamin C is mainly responsible for keeping the immune system of your beardie strong and healthy. Vitamin C also prevent heart related diseases as well as dental health.
Are Tomatoes Bad For Bearded Dragons?
The minute you bring your pet lizard home for the first time you need to realize the importance of a balanced and healthy diet. Failure to do so may cause your dear dragon to suffer from various diseases. Failure to feed your pet properly is one of the most common causes of disease in captive bearded dragons.
Here’s an article by VCA Hospitals called Bearded Dragons Common Diseases, highlighting the importance of a balanced diet and the outcome of failing to do so. With that being said, let’s take a look at some possible diseases excessive feeding of tomatoes can cause in bearded dragons.
Yes. Tomatoes, if fed in excess can, and usually will, lead to diarrhea and other digestion related diseases. Always remember that bearded dragons have a delicate and very sensitive digestive system and failure in providing them with the RIGHT kind of foods can lead to various diseases.
Yeah, I know, they can eat a variety of greens, veggies, fruits and insects and you may tend to say they’re not actually that sensitive and they’ll be just fine, but…
Failure in providing your bearded dragon with the right kind of foods and a balanced diet can REALLY hurt him. Always do your research prior to feeding your dragon something you’re not exactly sure if they can eat or not.
How Often Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?
It’s a GREAT thing to add tomatoes your dragon’s diet, however, they should only be served as a treat as they are high in acid oxalic, which can upset your lizard’s stomach.
I would say that feeding your dragon tomatoes once or twice a month it’s safe, and can also entice him to eat its greens salad if you put small bits of tomato over it.
How to Prepare a Tomato Based Meal For a Dragon
If I finally convinced you that tomatoes are safe to give to bearded dragons if fed in moderation, here’s a simple process you can follow to prepare a tomato treat for your reptile.
- The FIRST step is to get fresh and ripe tomatoes. You should only serve fresh veggies, fruits, or greens to your dragon. Avoid unripe or stale tomatoes as these can mess with your dragon’s digestive system.
- The SECOND step is to wash them REALLY good. Tomatoes are often sprayed with chemicals to keep pests away. You need to ensure you removed any possible chemical prior to feeding.
- The obvious NEXT step is to cut the tomato in small pieces and remove the seeds. You should NEVER feed your dragon bits and pieces of veggies or fruits bigger than the space between their eyes. They are prone to chocking and they do pose a chewing hazard if fed big pieces of food.
- Do NOT go overboard. Try to serve small amounts of tomato. Remember tomatoes make a great TREAT for dragons and shouldn’t be considered staple food.
Needless to say that stems, vines and the tomato flower should NOT be part of their meal. That’s it. You’ve done it.
I REALLY hope you found this article helpful. Here’s a SUMMARY of what we’ve covered in today’s post:
- Bearded Dragons can eat tomatoes but only rarely and in small portions.
- Bearded Dragons cannot eat Green Tomatoes, Tomato Leaves, Tomato Stems or Tomato Vines.
- Tomato Seeds should also be removed prior to feeding.
- Grape Tomatoes are safe to fed to dragons but a better option is regular tomatoes or cherry tomatoes as these ones have a lower sugar content.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cucumbers? The short answer is YES. Bearded Dragons can eat cucumber. However, cucumbers offer poor nutritional value as they have a very high water content [96%] and low content of calcium. In conclusion, cucumbers provide your dragon with little to no nutritional value.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Broccoli? Yes, bearded dragons can eat broccoli. However, you should NOT feed broccoli too often, but only occasionally. Broccoli are high in oxalates, which binds with calcium, therefore excessive feeding may lead to illness in bearded dragons.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cabbage? Bearded Dragons can eat cabbage. However, you should feed your dragon red or green cabbage only, and only occasionally. Cabbage has a high content of water, fairly poor nutritional value, and the calcium to phosphorus ratio it’s not great either.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Zucchini? Bearded dragons can safely eat zucchini but only occasionally and in small amounts. They are a little acidic, the calcium to phosphorus ratio isn’t great but it’s safe to give them small bits as a treat from now and then.