It is no news that beardies love fruits, especially sweet-tasting ones like pears. They also love soft and succulent fruits. But if you care about your dragon’s health, you should not only give them food because they enjoy that type of food.
The best practice is finding the right balance between the nutritional qualities of diets and how much your bearded dragons seem to enjoy them.
Nutrients in Pears and Their Effects on Bearded Dragons
Here are the nutrients in pears and how they favor or adversely affect bearded dragons:
Pears have high sugar quantity, usually too much for bearded dragons. Just like other fruits, this does not mean that you cannot feed your beardies pears. But you must be conscious of the sugar quantity because sugar is more harmful to them than it is to humans.
This is because bearded dragons find it difficult to digest sugar, leading to fermentation in the gut and other health issues like stomach ache, diarrhea, and teeth decay.
Calcium is one of the essential nutrients for bearded dragons. Although pears contain calcium, it is not in the quantity that bearded dragons require in their diet. Compared to other fruits, pear’s calcium is low. A 100 gram of pears will contain 9 milligrams of calcium, while some fruits like rose apples have as much as 29 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams.
Hence, pears are not a suitable regular dietary option for bearded dragons.
Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio
The calcium to phosphorus ratio is an important consideration for every bearded dragon diet. This is because phosphorus has calcium depleting properties, and food that contains more phosphorus than calcium can lead to metabolic bone diseases.
Ideally, the calcium to phosphorus ratio for bearded dragons diet should be 2:1. Pear has a calcium to phosphorus ratio of 3:4, which is way below the recommended one.
Hence, feeding too many pears will disrupt bearded dragons’ calcium processing efficiency.
Oxalates contain oxalic acid that binds with calcium in the body during digestion and leads to calcium depletion. Too many oxalates for bearded dragons will cause an inability to process calcium, leaving them weak.
This is even more detrimental for juvenile bearded dragons that need calcium for bone.
With just 2 milligrams of oxalate for a fruit, pears do not contain a lot of oxalates. So you do not have a lot to worry about how much this will affect your bearded dragons.
Pears also contain vitamins A, E, and K in adequate quantities for a basic bearded dragon diet.
Bearded dragons require fiber for seamless digestion, and pears are very rich in fibers.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pears Regularly?
Like with most fruits, bearded dragons should only eat pears in moderation. Even though they are rich in fiber and vitamins, they still contain many diminishing substances that may cause more harm than good to your bearded dragons.
How often you should feed your bearded dragons with pears depends on the other food you are giving them. The best way you can go about it is basing just 10% of their diet on fruits.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pear Seed?
Feeding bearded dragons with pears seed could lead to digestive issues, so you must take all seeds out before your beardies eat pears.
Can Bearded Dragons Drink Pear Juice?
No way! Pears juice contains preservatives and more sweeteners than the fruit itself. This makes it too unhealthy for bearded dragons.
How to Prepare Pears for Bearded Dragons.
Some of the things you must ensure before feeding your dragon pets with pears include the following:
- Ensure that the pears you choose are fresh and not insect infected.
- Wash them properly, even though you might later peel off the skin. This is because deposits of pesticides might be on their body.
- Peel off the skin and remove both stem and core.
- Slice the pears into smaller sizes for the beards to easily feed on them without choking.
- Remove all seeds.
Feeding pears to bearded dragons should be in moderation. Also, make sure you remove the stem, core, and skin before feeding it to them.