Quick Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?
Yes – but only in moderation and as a salad dressing!
Watermelon is an acceptable fruit you can offer your bearded dragon, but you should only feed it to them roughly once a week at most.
Watermelon has a relatively poor calcium to phosphorus ratio which makes it only an occasional food to give your bearded dragon. In general, fruits are not meant to be an everyday food item, more as a treat to help them eat their veggies!
Pro Tip – If your little lizard friend is having trouble drinking their water, feed them watermelon as it’s high in water content and the sugar will make them very happy.
IMPORTANT – please make sure to dice the watermelon into small pieces so your beardie doesn’t choke. Pieces should be smaller than the width of their head before offering it!
If you’re curious – we’ve developed a complete food list for your bearded dragon. It’s got all the good stuff your beardie will like!
Long Answer – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon?
Watermelon is a favorite of the herp community for their bearded dragons!
It’s got plenty of water content, is sweet but not too sugary, and bearded dragons seem to love the taste.
In general you should be aware that fruit is to be used only as a dressing to help encourage your beardie to eat their veggies. Fruit often has high amounts of sugar which can cause diarrhea and digestion problems.
Of the choices you can make for fruit, watermelon (and really any melon) is a great choice and one we recommend.
Below I’m going to explain the pros and cons of watermelon.
Pros of Watermelon:
1. Water content
Watermelon has very high amounts of, you guessed it, water! If you’re a new bearded dragon owner you’ve probably not experienced this yet, but often your beardie can have put up a fuss about drinking their water.
As a way to help with this, watermelon can be used as a treat to help keep them hydrated.
2. Vitamin C
Watermelon has a good amount of vitamin C which is crucial to the metabolism of your bearded dragon. You’re not able to give your beardie any citrus, so watermelon is a great way to help provide that necessary vitamin C!
Cons of Watermelon:
There are a couple reasons why we listed watermelon as an occasional only food. They’re below:
Remember how we said that fruit should only be used sparingly? It’s because of the sugar content.
Any food with a high sugar and water concentration will cause your bearded dragon to get the runs and you’ll have a bit of a messy tank to deal with!
That’s why it’s recommended you only feed them watermelon once a week at most.
2. Bad Calcium to Phosphorus ratio
Remember this ratio! Bearded dragons should only eat foods with a 2:1 calcium to phosphorus ratio.
If they have too much phosphorus the calcium in their body will quickly get depleted and your bearded dragon runs the risk of getting MBD (metabolic bone disease). If you get anything from this article, please understand this ratio and ensure your lizard gets the right food!
If you’re ever worried about their calcium intake, it’s highly recommended that you dust their food in a calcium supplement (non D3) as a way to guarantee they’re getting the nutrition they need.
Have fun with your beardie and add comments below if curious!