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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes? Vet-Approved Nutritional Information

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Having a bearded dragon can be quite the learning experience, especially if you’re a first time owner. It’s natural to be wary about giving your bearded dragon something that could hurt them. When offering fresh food, you might look in your fridge and wonder if bearded dragons can eat grapes, and the short answer is—yes, absolutely!

Your bearded dragon can enjoy washed, finely sliced grapes on occasion. But how many grapes can they eat? How often should they indulge? Are they nutritious for your dragon? Let us find out.

Grape Nutritional Facts

Key Nutritional Information of Raw Grapes, per 100 Grams (3.5 oz)
  • Water: 80.54 grams (g)
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1 g
  • Fat: 0.16 g
  • Protein: 0.72 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Calcium: 10 milligrams (mg)
  • Phosphorus: 20 mg

Health Benefits of Grapes

Grapes have tons of qualities that are incredibly beneficial for your beardie. They are common in many varieties.

Grapes are known to:
  • Provide hydration: the main constituent of grapes is water.
  • Supplement vitamin levels: grapes contain several vitamins that are beneficial for bearded dragons.
  • Provide powerful antioxidants: fights free radicals in the body.
  • Regulating the digestive tract: grapes may help regulate bowel function in bearded dragons.

There’s no lack of variety in the grape world. Because there are different types of grapes, your bearded dragon might develop a preference for one over another.

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Risks of Eating Grapes

Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio

For healthy adult bearded dragons in maintenance, their diet should have a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of anywhere between 1.5:1 and 2:1. This means the calcium should be around twice as much as the phosphorus. The recommended ratio for juveniles is around 2:1, and dragons that are breeding (particularly females) require a much higher calcium intake compared to adults in maintenance.

In grapes, the calcium is much lower than phosphorus, typically around 1:2. Phosphorus balance in the body requires that it be in the correct proportion with calcium. It binds to calcium, so when a bearded dragon is fed high amounts of phosphorus, their body responds by pulling calcium out from the bones to restore the proper levels of minerals and reduce the excess phosphorus in the bloodstream. Over time, the loss of calcium from bone mass can make the bones brittle and weak, leading to a condition called metabolic bone disease.

In addition, an inappropriate ratio of calcium to phosphorus is undesirable for the long-term health of a bearded dragon because it may predispose them to kidney or parathyroid issues. Therefore, grapes should be offered very sparingly to your bearded dragon.

Sugar Content

Grapes are moderately high in terms of their sugar content. Sugar is not directly associated with diabetes in bearded dragons. However, an overabundance of calories can lead to an obese pet, which isn’t healthy and may serve as a precursor for other diseases. The high sugar in fruits may also be a contributing factor to dental disease in bearded dragons.

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Grape Foods to Avoid

Bearded dragons should eat fresh fruit only. There is some debate on whether some foods are acceptable in canned form—but grapes wouldn’t be among them. You have to especially be careful of canned foods when there is extra sugar or harmful preservatives.

Always avoid:
  • Jams & jellies
  • Candies
  • Fillings
  • Fruit salads

Basically, aim to offer fresh fruit with no exceptions. Any extras are unnecessary and potentially damaging to your beardie.

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Bearded Dragons Can Eat Grapes in Moderation

As long as you serve and portion each grape correctly, you won’t run into much of an issue.

How to Feed Your Bearded Dragon Grapes

  • Before you give your beardie a grape, make sure you wash the fruit thoroughly to remove any pesticide residue since this can make your lizard very ill.
  • Make sure the grapes are room temperature. It’s best not to feed your bearded dragon grapes right out of the fridge. It’s best to let the temperature drop before you serve them the grapes.
  • Slice. Cut the grape into small pieces, removing any stems or tough skins.
  • Offer it the same way as other food. Use tongs or put the small grape pieces in their food dish.

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Final Thoughts

Your bearded dragon can absolutely eat grapes. Grapes can be very healthy, offering powerful nutrients and lots of moisture to your pet’s diet. Remember to steer clear of any additives to fresh grapes in the form of artificial flavors, sweeteners, sugars, and preservatives.

Also, keep in mind that they only need grapes in moderation and not as an everyday snack. Try to keep fruit feedings down to once per week, so you don’t upset the natural flow of things. If you follow a few precautions, your beardie can delight in grapes with no issue.

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