Nothing beats the taste of a yummy pineapple on a random hot day. It is luscious and contains a lot of water and other nutrients with healthy benefits.
Even though you can feed pineapple to your bearded dragons, there are some things you must know before you do so, as not to put your poor beardies at risk of any health issue.
Contents in Pineapple and How They Benefit Bearded Dragons.
Pineapple has some nutrients that are good for a bearded dragon’s health, while they also have other substances that could be detrimental to them. Let’s have a look at them.
Pineapple contains vitamins A and C that help bearded dragons’ immune system fight diseases and provides them with anti-inflammatory effects.
Pineapples contain fiber that protects your beardies from suffering constipation and other digestion issues. However, too much fiber is also dangerous to the dragons, so feeding them just the right proportion is essential.
Sugar and Water
Your bearded dragon needs the right amount of sugar for energy and metabolism. Also, pineapple contains 86% water that will keep the bearded dragon hydrated and energized.
Too much water and sugar are also unhealthy for the dragons. If they consume plenty of water, it can lead to diarrhea, while plenty of sugar will cause obesity, and if not well-tended to, death.
Pineapple has adequate minerals such as copper, potassium, and magnesium to optimally help the dragon’s important organs like the liver, nerves, and heart function.
Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio
Another important consideration for any food you are giving your dragon is the calcium to phosphorus ratio. The right proportion for this is a ratio of 2:1, but pineapple has an equal amount of calcium and phosphorus.
Oxalates or oxalic acid absorb calcium from the body, and too much of it in a diet can lead to metabolic bone diseases. Pineapple has a decent amount of oxalates, which means that bearded dragons cannot consume too much of it.
Pineapple is an acidic fruit, and this does not favor bearded dragons because the acid can lead to irritation of the stomach lining or digestive tract, causing diarrhea.
It is essential to pay attention to your bearded dragons when you are feeding them with pineapples. This way, you can tell if they are hurt or not.
How Often Can I Feed My Bearded Dragons with Pineapples?
Bearded dragons should not consume pineapples and similar fruits with oxalates and pineapple in large quantities. You can feed them pineapples either once or twice a month.
However, if you are giving your beardies more calcium-based foods, you can increase the number of times you provide them with pineapples.
The most important thing you have to consider when feeding your bearded dragons is a balanced diet.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pineapple Skin?
Because of how hard the texture of a pineapple skin is, feeding it to bearded dragons sounds like an endangerment. They also have thorns that can injure the dragons, so providing them with pineapple skin should not be considered.
How to Prepare Pineapple for Your Bearded Dragons?
Before feeding your bearded dragons with pineapples, ensure the following:
- Remove the hard leaves and skin from the pineapples to prevent the beardies from choking. The best way to go about this is by cutting the pineapple into round pieces and then removing the skin. This is better than cutting the skin first.
- Cut out the pineapple core and dice the fruit into tiny pieces for the dragons to easily feed on them.
- You can give your bearded dragons pineapple in a fruit salad that contains kiwi, mango, and banana.
Bearded dragons enjoy pineapples just like humans, but it is unhealthy to feed it to them regularly.