Can Bearded Dragons Eat Canned Fruit? [Is it Safe?]

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Can bearded dragons eat canned fruit?

Short answer: Yes, bearded dragons can eat canned fruit.

They might, however, not like it that much since it lacks flavor like fresh fruits.

Keep reading for the longer answer and important things to consider.

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Can bearded dragons eat canned fruit?

Bearded dragons are omnivorous animals feeding on insects for protein and leafy greens and fruits for their vitamins.

When you’re raising any species in captivity, you need to make sure you stick to what they’d actually eat in the wild.

Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done! Take fruits, for example. We all know that fresh organic produce is best, but what if you just can’t get it?

Maybe you live in an area where fruit is extremely expensive when it’s out of season.

Or perhaps you just want to stock up on canned foods for your pet in case of an emergency.

You’ll be happy to know that, yes, it’s relatively safe to give your beardie canned fruit on rare occassions.

However, you should NOT feed it to them often because canned fruits may contain too much sugar or preservatives that may be harmful to beardies.

close up shot of a brown bearded dragon

Are canned fruits even nutritious enough to feed your beardie?

There have been concerns that canned fruits are not nutritious at all.

Some people might argue that if a fruit or vegetable is not fresh, then there is no point in eating it.

This statement cannot be more false according to WebMD. Canned foods are still good for you (and your beardy, nutrition-wise).

In fact, in some instances, they can be just as healthy as fresh fruit because canning stores your food produce at its peak.

Yes, a few vitamins like C might be lost due to heating that precedes canning, but antioxidants are still retained at their peak.

Fresh foods are going to lose some of these antioxidants before they reach your table, though.

The only concern is how these canned fruits are preserved. The chemicals used to preserve them may make tour beardy sick in the long run.

So, if you have access to fresh fruit, avoid canned fruit altogether. But if you have no fresh fruits, you can feed them canned fruit once in a while.

Now that we’ve answered that, let’s look at a few different considerations because not all fruits- fresh or canned- are created equal.

Start with the video below, then keep reading for more ideas.

Can bearded dragons eat grapes?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat grapes.

They should not, however, be incorporated into the daily diet that your dragon takes but rather as a treat.

According to Healthline, grapes are rich in Vitamins C and K.

At the same time, they are full of antioxidants that would help keep your bearded dragon immune from diseases. We advise that you give one grape per week.

Can bearded dragons eat tomatoes?

Yes, you can feed your bearded dragon with tomatoes since they are low in oxalates.

However, if you feed them too many of them, the excess oxalates can cause metabolic bone diseases.

The video below provides additional information.

Can bearded dragons eat strawberries?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat strawberries since they are rich in calcium.

Other fruits in the same category include apricots. As with other fruits, the strawberries are just an occasional treat, say one berry per week.

That goes for fresh, frozen, or canned berries.

Can bearded dragons eat cherries?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat cherries which are good sources of calcium and phosphorus to the animal.

However, if you’re opting for the canned version, make sure you’re getting regular ones and not maraschino cherries. Those are VERY high in sugar and other added junk.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches

Yes. Both fresh and canned peaches are safe for beardies. They contain beneficial amounts of calcium, phosphorous, sugar, and water content.

However, peaches have a higher amount of phosphorous compared to calcium.

These higher amounts inhibit the intake of calcium, leading to Metabolic Bone Disease.

Peaches may also contain goitrogens. So feed them to your beardy occasionally, only as treats.

Also, choose peaches canned in their own natural juices rather than sugary syrup.

Foods not to feed to your bearded dragon

According to the NC State Veterinary hospital, as you pick vegetables to give your bearded pets, avoid cabbages, kales since they are high in calcium oxalates which could lead to metabolic bone diseases.

Spinach and broccoli are high in goitrogens which could lead to goiter.

Also, don’t feed your beardies avocado because it contains too much fat and oxalic acid.

When it comes to their protein sources, bearded dragons should not feed on wasps, fireflies, or any other insect that glows at night since they produce some harmful chemical that will cause problems to your bearded friend.

Tips on Feeding Your Bearded Dragon

When they ingest large food particles, bearded dragons can develop fecal impaction, or the large food particles could cause pressure on the spine which could make the pet immobile.

To avoid all this, bearded dragon owners are advised to feed their pets with insects or vegetables whose size is not wider than the space between the reptile’s eyes.

The RSPCA advises that you feed the animals with food pieces not larger than its mouth.

Therefore, you will need to cut up the insects, vegetables, and fruits into tiny pieces that the reptile can gobble up without any problems whatsoever.

Baby dragons take 80% insects and 20% vegetables. As they grow older, this ratio shifts so that adult dragons only need 20% insects and 80% vegetables.

In their juvenile years, do not deny the reptiles this large quantity of protein since it could lead to muscle wasting and scrawny thin bodies.

At the same time, watch out since your bearded pal might want only to eat proteins and avoid leafy greens.

The vegetables are essential since they provide the fiber that your reptile needs for easy digestion.

It is good to note that fruits are not real meals but should be an occasional treat.

They should not compose more than 10% of your reptiles’ meals. According to the Seattle animal center, fruits that your beardie friend can take include berries and melons.

According to Natgeo, bearded dragons are not picky eaters. With their set of jaws, they can clench any insect and veggies, flowers, and fruits.

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ALSO READ: Insects to Feed Your Bearded Dragon

Giving Water to Your Bearded Reptile

Though bearded dragons do not take that much water, you will need to keep a fresh supply of the same in their habitat.

A reptile’s water needs are only 1 to 5% of those in an amphibian.

Bearded dragons will get a high water content in their feeds and therefore choose not to drink water from the trough you placed in the vivarium.

But you still need to place the dish of water. The animal might urinate, defecate or cool its body with the water, so you, therefore, need to replace the water tray daily.

Bearded dragons rarely drink still water. They drink running water in their natural habitats.

Therefore, they might ignore your still water altogether and use it for cooling down, urinating, or defecating in. Watch the video below for more tips.

You can control this by introducing a water pump that causes your still water to move.

A water tank that is placed high is connected to a pathway that runs in the vivarium.

Once you open the tap on the tank, the water flows through the pathway, and the beardie friend will think that this is indeed flowing water.

You could also slowly pour water into the drinking tray while the dragon is watching.

The one other thing you can do is splash still water while the dragon is watching so that it will believe that the water is moving, and he will eventually start drinking.

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Barry Stingmore
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15 thoughts on “Can Bearded Dragons Eat Canned Fruit? [Is it Safe?]”

  1. It’s interesting that it isn’t healthy for beardies or humans! haha I guess canned fruit has its reasons but fresh is always best for all it seems.

    • I’ve never owned a bearded dragon. They are super cute I’m not sure my dogs would love me if I brought one home. I tend to skip canned fruits too. I’d rather use fresh or frozen fruits. They taste so much better and without all the extra sugar.


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