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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Yes!

Grapes are great for bearded dragons to eat (under a few conditions). Grapes are just one of many fruits available to these reptiles.

Beardy dragons can eat grapes as long as they don't eat grapes too often. Grape leaves are actually more nutritious for dragons than the fruit itself, as grape leaves are rich in protein and calcium and low in phosphorus. Simply wash the grape leaves and serve them in a plate.

    In fact, bearded dragons prefer fruits to vegetables. Grapes with or without skins are good for your dragon, but grape seeds should be avoided.

    This means that it is your responsibility to inspect each grape for seeds before giving it to them.

    Can Bearded Dragons eat grapes on a regular basis?

    Whether your bearded dragon can eat grapes depends on its overall health. If your dragon doesn't have obesity, diabetes, or other health problems, it's a good idea to feed them one or two grapes once a week. If your dragon has any health problems, once a month is recommended and you should always consult your veterinarian first to make sure that even small doses won't hurt your dragon.

    For a healthy bearded dragon, one or two grapes a week is recommended.

    Let's take a look at some of the nutritional benefits that make this possible.

    • A high water content (45–68%) may help improve kidney function and prevent moderate amounts of dehydration.
    • Potassium is a mineral that helps control blood pressure.
    • Grapes won't burn your mouth or damage your stomach like citrus or high-acid meals.
    • It is rich in fiber, which aids in digestion and reduces constipation.
    • Antioxidants (especially found in red grape skins) minimize and prevent inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease and help dragons avoid allergies.

    Can bearded dragons eat grape seeds?

    Bearded dragons must not eat grape seeds.

    Grapes are nutritious in every part, even the seeds. The seeds, on the other hand, can clog the bearded dragon's intestines, preventing them from pooping.

    To avoid this problem, it is recommended to buy seedless grapes. Cut the grapes into small pieces and check for seeds before serving.

    If you see signs of a bearded dragon accidentally eating seeds and clumping together, give a warm bath and touch their belly.

    If that doesn't work, take it to the reptile veterinarian as soon as possible.

    Why should you limit their grape consumption?

    You should limit the amount of grapes you give to bearded dragons for a number of reasons:

    First of all, grapes contain oxalates.


    Oxalates bind to minerals in the body, such as calcium. When oxalates combine with calcium, they are not absorbed by the dragon's body, causing health problems. Grapes are low in oxalate content, but too much can cause a calcium deficiency in bearded dragons.

    Secondly, grapes have a high water content.


    Bearded dragons live in hot desert areas and don't need a lot of water to thrive (but you still need to provide them with a water dish).

    Bearded dragons, on the other hand, get most of their water from their diet. Your beardie can suffer from diarrhea if it drinks too much water. Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which can lead to a variety of health problems.

    Grapes and nutritional value per 100 gm


    NameAmountUnit
    Potassium191mg
    Sodium2mg
    Sugar15.5g
    Vitamin K14.6µg
    Vitamin B-60.09mg
    Magnesium7mg
    Phosphorus20mg
    Water80.54g
    Vitamin E0.19mg
    Total fat0.16g


    Grapes, like any other fruit, provide a variety of nutrients and minerals beneficial to bearded dragons.

    One cup of grapes provides the following nutrients:

    • 15 milligrams of calcium
    • 1.4g of fiber and 4.8mg of vitamin C
    • Vitamin K (22 mg)
    • Potassium is found in 288 milligrams.
    • 11 milligrams of magnesium
    • 30 milligrams of phosphorus

    Grapes contain a variety of additional beneficial elements, but this is the most important.

    A cup of grapes contains approximately 32 grapes, so if you were to give a Bearded Dragon two grapes once a week, it would feed it like this:

    • Magnesium 0.68 milligrams
    • Fiber 0.09 milligrams
    • Vitamin K: 1.38 mg
    • Potassium 18 milligrams
    • Vitamin C 0.3 milligrams
    • Calcium 0.94 milligrams
    • Phosphorus 1.88 milligrams

    Can bearded dragons eat grape leaves?

    Yes, bearded dragons can eat grape leaves.

    Grape leaves can be obtained by feeding the Bearded Dragon fresh grapes from the farm.

    Grape leaves are a favorite food of many bearded dragons and are rich in nutrients. They also do not have the toxic sugars and fruit acids that grapes may contain.

    Grape leaves, unlike grapes, have a higher calcium content than phosphorus. This is recommended for all bearded dragon dishes.

    Grape leaves also contain the following nutrients:

    • Vitamin K
    • Potassium
    • Vitamin C
    • Protein

    Like most plants, the leaves are rich in fiber, which helps the bearded dragon in digestion.

    Can bearded dragons eat green, purple and red grapes?

    At this point, you might be wondering what kind of grapes we are talking about. After all, grapes come in a variety of colors such as green, purple and red. All of the aforementioned! As long as you don't address the underlying health problem with your veterinarian, bearded dragons can safely eat a grape or two of any color once a week.

    What's the best way to prepare grapes for a bearded dragon?

    Even if you buy seedless grapes, double check that they are seedless.

    Bearded dragons cannot digest grape seeds properly, so eating them can be detrimental to your health.

    If left untreated, it can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal.

    Bearded dragons can eat grapes with or without skins if they do not have digestive problems. However, to minimize pesticide contamination, rinse your grapes properly with water and buy organic grapes whenever possible.

    • After the grapes have been cleaned and are seed-free, the grapes should be cut into 4 small pieces.
    • The smaller the chunks, the easier it is for the beardie to chew and digest, which reduces the chance of choking.
    • If you want the bearded dragon to eat the vegetables, cut the grapes in half and rub the inside to the vegetables.
    • Another way to entice your beard to eat vegetables is to mix small grape slices with the greens.

    When the Bearded Dragon reaches the grapes, it will accidentally eat the vegetables.

    Keep in mind that this dessert should only be given once a week.

    Why should a bearded dragon be fed a limited amount of grapes?

    Grapes are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. Sugar content is the biggest problem with Bearded Dragon.

    One cup of grapes contains 23.4 grams of sugar, and each grape contains about 0.7 grams of sugar.

    Obesity in bearded dragons can be caused by consuming fruit sugar more than once a week, which is just as harmful to lizards as humans.

    Heart problems, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and even death are all possible side effects.

    Young bearded dragons eat large amounts of live food in the wild, and as they get older they begin to eat more plants.

    Sugar has never been a staple in their diet, as few sweets are accessible to them. It provides no benefit other than a temporary energy boost.

    Sugar is treated as waste in the Bearded Dragon's body.

    Bearded dragon's nutritional needs are another reason to limit the amount of grapes and how often they are consumed.

    Calcium is more important to these animals than phosphorus. Grapes have twice the phosphorus content of calcium.

    If you feed the Bearded Dragon too many grapes, the calcium to phosphorus ratio will become unbalanced.

    If left uncontrolled, this imbalance can lead to metabolic bone disease (MBD).

    Bone disease caused by metabolic changes (MBD)

    Bone disease caused by metabolic changes (MBD). No one wants to deal with MBD. This is very unpleasant for the beard and in extreme cases can lead to paralysis and death! Too many grapes can put the dragon at risk for this terrible condition, often caused by a calcium deficiency.

    Oxalate: Grapes are rich in oxalate, an acid that binds calcium in the body. Even if your beard eats a calcium-rich diet, too many grapes can cause problems because oxalates are basically getting the calcium your blood normally absorbs.

    Phosphorus: Bearded dragons need a calcium-rich diet and regular intake of foods with equal amounts of calcium and phosphorus. This is because phosphorus, such as oxalate, prevents calcium from being absorbed into the blood. With a phosphorus to calcium ratio of 5:1, you can understand why grapes should be consumed in moderation.

    Sugar: Diabetes, tooth decay, and obesity are all interconnected. Grapes are high in sugar, which is dangerous for both humans and bears. Too much sugar in your diet, even from natural sources like fruit, can lead to tooth decay, fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes (yes, dragons can get diabetes!), and in the worst-case scenario, heart failure and death.

    Why can't bearded dragons always eat grapes?

    Grapes can be given as a snack to beardy dragons, but should not be eaten regularly.

    Here are the main reasons for this:

    There is a choking hazard. Make sure your dragon is eating seedless grapes. Your beardie is in danger of seeds. Not only does it pose a choking hazard, it can also cause gastrointestinal upset. In other words, it can interfere with the beard's digestive system and prevent defecation. If not dealt with immediately, serious problems or death can occur.

    Dehydration and overwatering are two different things. Fruits that are mostly water (such as grapes) can cause severe dehydration in the long run if consumed in large amounts. This is because too much water can cause diarrhea and dehydrate your pet. Bearded dragons are native to the Australian desert, so they are accustomed to being dehydrated for long periods of time, but are not accustomed to severe permanent dehydration due to overhydration.

    Can bearded dragons eat grape skins?

    Bearded dragons can eat grape skins, so it's best to leave them along with grapes.

    Your skin contains some of the most important vitamins and minerals. Grapes with or without skins are the favorite food of most bearded dragons.

    It's a good idea to cut the grapes into quarters so that the bearded dragon can eat them more easily with the skins on.

    Conclusion

    Grapes are fantastic food for bearded dragons and they love it. We've been giving grapes to Beard for years with no problems.

    However, it is important to understand how to adequately serve these foods and how to include them in their overall diet. 

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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