Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Raspberries?
Yes raspberries are safe – however it should be in small quantities and only on a limited basis!
Fruits should be given sparingly to your beardie because of the high sugar content. Raspberries contain a high sugar to water ratio, you’ll only want to feed it to them 1 time every 2 weeks as a treat.
Below are common problems your bearded dragon can experience with too much sugar:
- Calcium deficiency – which can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease.
- Tooth decay
- Digestion problems – think diarrhea or watery stools
- Obesity (yeah beardies can get heavy!)
Pro Tip – You can add raspberries as a tasty topping to their green veggies. They’ll love the sweetness of raspberries and will happily eat their greens with a couple added on top!
IMPORTANT – You must guarantee your raspberries are thoroughly washed. This prevents any pesticides or herbicides being digested by your bearded dragon. Remember to cut the raspberries into small pieces for chewing (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 Raspberries?
Got some extra raspberries laying around!? If so, give them a good rinse and let your best friend eat a couple.
In fact, raspberries are high in antioxidants which have been shown to help prevent certain cancers. Plus, they’re just tasty to have around the house!
Be cautious feeding too many, or ONLY, raspberries to your beardie. Vets highly recommend the diet of a bearded dragon needs to be 80% veggies and 20% fruits because of the high sugar content.
Too much sugar can lead to the following problems:
- Calcium Deficiency (or Metabolic Bone Disease)
Raspberries contain a relatively high amount of oxalates. Oxalic acid is a kind of anti-nutrient due to its nature around calcium. Basically it prevents calcium from being absorbed – which is particularly harmful to bearded dragons.
Humans are generally not hurt from oxalates because our metabolism works much faster, but for bearded dragons it can get dangerous.
This is especially true if you combine oxalate with fiber, basically preventing your beardie from getting any of their needed nutrients.
- Tooth Decay
Sugary foods like raspberries can hurt the teeth of your new best friend. It will wear down the enamel without allowing the hardness of the food to scrape off the plaque build up.
Plus, high sugar content can sometimes lead to mouth infections. Which is why you should always pair sugary foods with nutrient dense veggies.
- Digestions Problems (watery stools or diarrhea)
Fruits can draw out the water content causing their stools to become thin and watery. If this occurs over a long period of time there can be severe dehydration consequences.
Yes, bearded dragons can get fat!
Because of their metabolism and lack of wide range for roaming, you must watch what they eat. Your lizard’s 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 raspberries – 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!!