Bearded dragons can eat watermelon, but you should only feed a bearded dragon watermelon as a treat and not as staple food. You’ll also have to make sure you cut the watermelon into small pieces and remove the seeds prior to feeding.
Today we’ll approach the topic in-depth and provide you with ALL the information you need in regards to bearded dragons and how safe it is for them to eat watermelon.
Nutrition In Watermelon
Here’s a table with the Nutrition Facts for one medium-sized cup of raw watermelon [100 Grams] according to HealthLine.com:
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Let’s further take a quick look at some of the most important nutrients found in watermelon.
Watermelon contains a decent amount of Vitamin C, which is a ESSENTIAL vitamin for bearded dragons. Vitamin C, among other things, is responsible for skin health and a healthy and strong immune system.
Watermelon is a decent source of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene as well. Vitamin A is another vitamin bearded dragons need, although you need to keep a close eye on its diet to make sure you’re not serving him foods too high in Vitamin A as they can pose Vitamin A toxicity.
Among other beneficial vitamins and minerals, watermelon contain Potassium, Copper and Vitamin B5.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?
Bearded dragons LOVE watermelon. In fact, bearded dragons will happily on anything with a soft texture, sweet taste and red color. They love red fruits such as strawberries, raspberries or veggies such as tomatoes, and that’a a fact.
Feeding in moderation is recommended, though. You don’t want to feed too much fruit to your dragon as most of them are high in sugar and don’t provide your dragon with a meal high in nutrients.
If that’s not obvious already, watermelon, and fruits in general, are not staple foods in a dragon’s diet, but more about that later on.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon Rind?
It’s safe to feed watermelon rind as long as you cut it in small and nice slices, but dragons won’t love them as much as they love the juicy, red flash of the fruit.
However, if you do decide drop some small pieces of watermelon rind over its veggies salad, it’s critical to wash them properly first as the outside of the watermelon usually has chemicals on it.
Removing all chemical it’s a very important step regardless of the type of food you’re serving to your pet.
On the same note, I’d also recommend to shave off the outer green part of the watermelon. That part may be a little TOO rough for your dragon and may cause digestive issues.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon Seeds?
No. Bearded dragons should NOT be fed watermelon with seeds.
Although, bearded dragons will eat the soft white seeds, it’s BETTER to remove all the seeds prior to serving. Bearded dragons can pose a chocking hazard if fed watermelon seeds, therefore this is something you’d better want to avoid.
Additionally, watermelon seeds are rougher in texture than the fruit itself or the rind, which can cause digestive issues in bearded dragons.
Can Bearded Dragons Drink Watermelon Juice?
Watermelon juice, or juice of any kind for that matter, is way TOO high in sugar content compared to the fruit itself. Too much sugar can lead to obesity and digestive issues.
I am aware that some people let their dragons take a sip from time to time, I know a few myself, but it’s not a good idea to do it, though. If you do decide to give him watermelon juice, please dilute the juice with some water first.
Is Watermelon Good For Bearded Dragons?
Although, watermelon alone won’t provide your dragon with the nutrients he VERY much needs, in combination with other veggies and fruits can boost the nutritional value of its meal.
Watermelon contains Vitamin C, which helps prevent diseases such as but not limited to digestion diseases, as well as strengthening the immune system.
Watermelons contain a decent amount of calcium as well. Calcium is essential for bearded dragons as it helps them keep good overall health, maintains healthy bones and much more.
In fact, captive bearded dragons need calcium supplements almost all the time. That should make you understand how important it is to provide your dragon with the right amount of calcium
Failure in providing your dragon with the right amount of calcium can lead to various diseases such the the Metabolic Bone Disease [MBD], which is a common disease in bearded dragons.
Click on the link above to read an article on the subject posted by VCA Hospitals on they website.
Is Watermelon Bad For Bearded Dragons?
There are some downsides as well, but only if watermelon is fed in excess to bearded dragons.
Although watermelon is a poor source of fiber, it has a decent amount of sugar in it, meaning that if fed in excess can lead to various diseases such as dehydration, tooth decay as well as digestive issues such as diarrhea.
How OFTEN Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?
You probably already figured by now that feeding your dragon watermelon on a daily basis is out of the question. But how often can bearded dragons eat watermelon?
Well. I’d recommend to only feed it once a month. Feeding your dragon watermelon 2 or 3 times a month won’t kill him or anything, but it’s better to play it safe here.
Preparing Watermelon For Bearded Dragons
This is something I cover in ALL my articles as I think it’s important to be aware of a few things prior to serving your lizard with foods of ANY kind. Let’s get started.
- The FIRST step you must take is picking the right watermelon. I’d go for organic if I were you. Nevertheless, ensure the watermelon is ripe and fresh and avoid unripe ones.
- If you’re planning to give him some watermelon rind as well, you need to ensure you wash it properly to remove any possible chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides.
- The NEXT one is cutting the watermelon/rind in small and nice pieces and remove the seeds. Make sure you don’t go overboard here. Only give him a few small pieces of watermelon.
- Lunch time. Additionally, you can squeeze some watermelon juice over its veggie salad. That will encourage him to eat his veggie salad. That assuming your dragon is spoiled and won’t eat its vegetables.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cantaloupe? Occasionally. Cantaloupe is a fruit, therefore should only be fed to bearded dragons in small portion and from now and then. Since it has a high content of water, cantaloupe, if fed occasionally, can help keep your dragon hydrated.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Snow Peas? Occasionally. Snow peas have a calcium:phosphorus content of 1:2 and a decent content of Vitamin A, making them a GREAT treat for bearded dragons. Snow peas should only be fed from time to time to bearded dragons.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kiwi? Occasionally. Bearded dragons LOVE kiwi. Period. However, while Kiwi has a high content of Vitamin C and other minerals and vitamins, which are all GREAT for bearded dragons, it has a decent amount of oxalates as well. Oxalates binds with calcium and this is not something you want to happen.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Nectarines? Occasionally. Nectarines should be fed in moderation to bearded dragons. They have a disproportionate calcium to phosphorus ratio [1:3], meaning they can make your dragon sick if fed to often. Also, they are not only acidic but sweet as well. Your dragon will love nectarines but moderation is recommended.