Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blueberries?
Yes – however it should be in small quantities and only on a limited basis!
Fruits in general should be given sparingly to your bearded dragon because of the high sugar content. Blueberries in particular contain a high density of sugar related to water so you’ll only want to feed it to them 1 time every 2 weeks.
Some problems with sugar your bearded dragon might experience include:
- Calcium deficiency – which can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease.
- Tooth decay
- Digestion problems – think diarrhea or watery stools
Pro Tip – Be sure to add blueberries as a healthy topping to your healthy veggies you’re feeding your bearded dragon. They’ll love the sweet taste of blueberries and will happily eat their greens with a couple added on top!
IMPORTANT – Make sure the blueberries are thoroughly washed. You want to avoid feeding any pesticides or herbicides to your bearded dragon. Make sure to cut the blueberries into pieces small enough for them to eat (think smaller than the width of their head).
If you’re curious – we’ve developed a complete food list for your bearded dragon. It’s got all the good stuff your favorite lizard friend will like!
Long Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blueberries?
Grab a handful of blueberries and throw your favorite lizard a couple when you get the chance! Blueberries are tasty not only for us, but for the reptile side of the animal kingdom.
In fact, blueberries are very high in antioxidants and have been shown to help keep a variety of cancers away. Plus they’re just plain tasty in a smoothie or added to a bowl of cereal!
Be cautious feeding your bearded dragon too much blueberries, or really fruit of any kind. Vets highly recommend you make your bearded dragons diet consist of 80% veggies and 20% fruits because of the high sugar content.
Too much sugar can lead to the following problems:
1. Calcium Deficiency (or Metabolic Bone Disease)
Blueberries – and most fruits in general – contain a relatively high amount of oxalates. Oxalates or oxalic acid is considered a kind of antinutrient because it binds to calcium which gets prevented from being absorbed in the body.
Generally for humans oxalates are not a big deal because we don’t consume enough to affect our metabolism, but for bearded dragons this little molecule can wreak havoc on their system.
This is especially true if you combine oxalate with fiber, basically preventing your beardie from getting any of their needed nutrients.
2. Tooth Decay
Bearded dragons don’t have a way to scrub their teeth free of plaque build up. This means that by eating sugary foods bacteria on their teeth will begin to wear down on the enamel.
Plus, high sugar content can lead to infections in the mouth due. This is why we fully recommend pairing blueberries with other veggies to avoid this scenario.
3. Digestions Problems (diarrhea or watery stools)
High amounts of sugar without enough water content will zap your beardie of good digestion. It will draw out the water content which will cause their stools to become watery and thin. If this occurs over a long period of time there can be severe dehydration consequences.
Yes, bearded dragons can get fat!
By giving them too much sugar you’re not allowing them the proper caloric expenditure to avoid them gaining weight. Your lizards body will store sugar as much as possible because it thinks they’re not going to get any more in the future, so be very judicious.
The Bottom Line
Feel free to give your favorite lizard friend blueberries – just pay close attention to the recommendations above.
When you’re preparing it, be sure to cut into tiny pieces and add to the salad they’re getting already.
If you have any questions feel free to ask below!!