Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?
Yes – bearded dragons can eat tomatoes but only once a month!!
Tomatoes come from the nightshade family and should be given to your bearded dragon only sparingly. Tomatoes are also fruits which should be taken into consideration. Which means only feeding these foods as salad dressings.
Pro Tip – Because of the high concentration of oxalates we highly recommend you dust your food with a calcium supplement if feeding tomatoes! Beardies need a 2:1 ratio of calcium to phosphorus or they might get metabolic bone disease (MBD).
IMPORTANT – Please make sure you DO NOT feed your beardie tomato stems or leaves of any kind. They are highly toxic to your beardie and can lead to stomach problems and even death.
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 Zucchini?
So you see a tomato and you think… Can I feed my beardie this??
Well you’ve come to the right place to find out!
Here’s the good news:
Tomatoes can be fed to your little guy (or girl!) without causing too much trouble for their digestive system. However, like we mentioned above it’s highly recommended you only treat tomatoes like a dessing to get them to eat their veggies.
Here are the benefits for your beardie eating tomatoes:
1) High Vitamin A Content
Tomatoes contain your beardies needed vitamin A dosage. Vitamin A is fantastic for your beardies eyes, growth, and reproductive health.
This is a double edged sword though because most of the supplements you feed your bearded dragon will contain vitamin A. If you end up feeding your beardie too much synthetic vitamin A along with natural vitamin A they’ll experience toxicity and organ failure.
This is another reason we recommend caution!
2) High Water Content
Tomatoes are roughly 94% water. This is great if your beardie is not drinking as feeding them tomatoes will help with hydration!
Because of the water content we recommend you only feed tomatoes along with their veggies. That way they get just enough water and don’t get the runs.
Here’s the bad news:
Tomatoes have a couple qualities which make it a slightly cautious food choice and not one for every day feeding.
1) High Oxalate Amount
Oxalate is considered an antinutrient because it binds to good nutrients, like calcium, and will prevent those nutrients from being absorbed in the body.
For humans there’s some evidence that oxalate might contribute to kidney stones, but for the most part there isn’t a concern with eating foods high in oxalate.
Your bearded dragons system is very sensitive to this compound. This is especially true if you combine the oxalate and fiber together which will cause a total lack of nutrition absorption for your bearded dragon.
2) Poor Calcium To Phosphorus Ratio
If you get anything from this article I want it to be the importance of this ratio. Bearded dragons are incredibly sensitive to their Calcium:Phosphorus ratio.
You want to shoot for a 2:1 ratio (calcium:phosphorus) for the foods you feed your beardie.
Unfortunately tomato has the opposite ratio with it being 1:2 (calcium:phosphorus), which is why it’s highly recommended you dust the additional veggies with a calcium supplement if you’re feeding your beardie zucchini.
Pay close attention to this ratio and always shoot for 2:1.
The Bottom Line
Feel free to give your favorite lizard friend tomatoes – just pay close attention to the ratio we mentioned.
Like I said, it’s highly recommended you add the calcium supplement (without D3) to your food anyways, especially tomatoes.
When you’re preparing it, be sure to cut into tiny pieces and add to the salad they’re getting already. And remember to only feed once a month at most!
If you have any questions feel free to ask below!!