Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?
Yes! Bearded dragons — older than 6 months — can eat diced apples and it’s a great treat for them.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to peel the apple completely of it’s skin and cut into small cubes. If you don’t do this you run the risk of impaction for your beardie.
Here’s a pro tip — make sure you’re offering plenty of veggies like collard greens and dandelions along with your apples. Be sure to also dust them with calcium and a vitamin supplement to keep them healthy and strong!
If you’re interested in knowing exactly what foods you can give your bearded dragon check out this complete food list. You’re gonna love it!
Long Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away – at least that’s what we’re told works for humans!
But is the same true for bearded dragons too?
Yes, but use the apple as a treat once a week to help with eating their regular diet of veggies and animal protein.
Here’s why apples are good for bearded dragons:
1. High in Vitamin C
Just like humans your bearded dragon needs Vitamin C to stay happy and healthy. They need only a small amount of Vitamin C to keep their regulatory system in check, but it’s crucial nonetheless.
If your bearded dragon doesn’t get enough Vitamin C they can get bruised skin, bleeding gums, and stomatitis.
By giving them peeled apples — instead of oranges — once a week you can guarantee they’re going to receive the required Vitamin C in a tasty treat they’re going to love!
Apples are basically water – actually they’re 87% water – which makes it an ideal fruit to keep your beardie hydrated.
Bearded dragons don’t drink water from a bowl like other animals, and it takes some training to get them to drink. This is natural because of their background from Australia and the dry desert climate.
By feeding your dragon apples you’re ensuring they receive the water they need without going through the hassle of training them to drink from a bowl.
You can also give your bearded dragon apple juice as a way of encouraging them to drink more water.
You’ll need to ensure the apple juice is diluted with water so you avoid giving them diarrhea, but this is a fantastic treat.
Apples are chalk full of fiber!
This fiber keeps their stools clean and helps them pass it through easily.
Hopefully now you understand why apples are great treats for your favorite lizard friend! If you’re interested, read our full care guide here.