Bearded dragons have seen a huge surge in popularity over the last decade or so with more and more people adding a bearded dragon to their family with more and more seemingly considering purchasing a bearded dragon with each passing month. Just like the vast majority of other pet owners out there, people who already own a bearded dragon or are looking to add a bearded dragon to their family want the very best for their pets. Due to this, we are seeing more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on how they are able to best care for their pet.
Without a doubt, the most commonly asked question is usually based around something like “what do bearded dragons eat?” but with a beardies natural diet being made up of mostly insects, fruits, and vegetables we often see more specific questions asked. One of these that we are seeing asked more and more frequently is based around “Can bearded dragons eat apples?”. Due to seeing variants of this question being asked more and more frequently, we have decided to dedicate today’s article to the subject to try and help as many of our readers as possible.
Without going any further into our article, we just want to quickly confirm that apples can make a great addition to your bearded dragons food intake and is a perfectly safe option for the occasional treat. Apples can fit directly into the regular bearded dragon diet without issues and bearded dragons can eat and usually enjoy apples provided you have taken the care to remove the seeds prior to offering it to your pet.
Apples are jam-packed with plenty of nutritional goodness too that is essential for your reptile to live a long and healthy life. Both adult and baby bearded dragons can eat apples with the majority enjoying the fruit too. This makes it an easy way to get some vitamins and minerals into your bearded dragon with ease as most bearded dragons will wolf apple slices down extremely quickly without giving them a second thought.
We will not be taking a more in-depth look at the various benefits that offering your pet bearded dragon apple has to offer you. Although we have seen some reports of people feeding their pet bearded dragon the fruit as often as on a daily basis, we tend to recommend that it is only offered once or twice a week as a treat. Although your bearded dragon will likely eat apples willingly, mixing the various types of fruit up in your pet’s diet helps keep things interesting.
Vitamin And Mineral Profile Of Apples
Your pet beardie needs a large number of essential vitamins and minerals to lead a long, healthy, and happy life and thankfully, apples, as well as other types of fruit, can really put a dent into their daily requirements when measured out over the course of a week. Apples make for very healthy eating and contain a large chunk of what bearded dragons need as a part of their diet.
That said though, apples alone are not nutritionally complete so should always be offered as a supplement to a well balanced bearded dragons diet built mainly around a high-quality bearded dragon friendly primary food with apples, and other fruits and vegetables that bearded dragons can eat being used to add variety and top up the nutritional requirement.
Apples contain the following vitamins in abundances making it well worth feeding them to your bearded dragon at least once a week:-
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B
- Pantothenic Acid
On top of this, apples are also abundant in the following minerals too making an even stronger case for you to let your bearded dragons eat the fruit:-
As you can see, apples really do offer some of the best bang for your buck when it comes to actually getting vitamins and minerals into your pet bearded dragon and this is one of the first things we always point out when asking questions such as “can bearded dragons eat apples?”. There are not many other fruit or vegetable options available that bearded dragons eat that they seem to find so tasty and will willing eat during feeding that can match the nutritional profile of an apple.
Solid Fiber Content
It is no secret that bearded dragons need a constant source of fiber in their diet to help prevent medical issues such as constipation and impaction. Just like many other fruit options that bearded dragons eat, apples are around two and a half percent fiber. This can help you make sure that you are minimizing the risk of constipation and impaction occurring in your pet bearded dragon.
That said though, impaction is, unfortunately, a relatively common issue amongst bearded dragons, especially when they get older and can lead to some serious health issues. If you think that your pet is constipated or suffering from impaction then you should seek assistance from your local veterinarian as soon as possible. Although bearded dragons can eat a large number of fiber-rich foods, this does not guarantee that they will not suffer from these issues.
Feeding your bearded dragon fiber-rich fruits on a regular basis only minimizes the risk and although it is rare in baby bearded dragons, the chance of either issue occurring in your bearded dragon does increase as they get older. This is why we tend to recommend feeding your pet a fiber-rich treat and primary food source daily as they get older.
Great Source Of Water
Just like the vast majority of reptiles that are commonly kept as a pet, bearded dragons need a solid water source to help regular their temperature and keep their internal organs lubricated for optimal performance. Unfortunately, some bearded dragons kept in captivity will not drink as much water each day as they should. Thankfully though, there is a commonly used trick that allows you to increase your pets water intake without it even knowing, you simply feed the water to your pet.
This allows you to make sure that your pet bearded dragon is getting the water requirement it requires with fruits such as apples as the sweet taste usually gets your bearded dragon to eat the treat without thinking twice. Thankfully, the vast majority of fresh fruits and vegetables that bearded dragons can eat have a ton of water in them making this a very effective little trick that you can use to your advantage if your pet bearded dragon does end up going off their water.
As we try to recommend that you supplement your bearded dragons food intake with a different fruit or vegetable each day to keep things interesting, in addition to feeding your bearded dragon apples, you can also try to add things like strawberries, broccoli, spinach, and grapes to your bearded dragons feeding options to keep water intake optimal. The majority of bearded dragon owners tend to feed their pets these fruits and vegetables on a regular basis as well as many others to diversify their food intake.
How Should You Prepare Apple For Your Bearded Dragon
As we touched on earlier in the article, make sure that you remove any seeds from the apple before you feed it to your bearded dragons as you should never feed apple seeds to your pet. Ensure that you cut pieces that are small enough for your bearded dragon to get in its mouth and chew without issue or presenting a choking hazard too, especially if you own baby bearded dragons.
Bearded dragons eat most types of apple willingly and the vast majority of apples will come jam-packed with a very similar nutritional profile as we covered earlier in the article too. This allows you to feed your bearded dragon the apples that your local store offers without having to go off and specifically try to source one type over the others. That said though, some bearded dragons definitely have their preferences with some preferring red apples and some preferring green apples but most will eat either without a fuss.
We have actually seen a few people say that they have tried apple juice with their bearded dragon with some saying they basically put a bunch of apples through a blender and then offer their pet the juice. We would not recommend this as it this removes the fiber from the treat and is one of the main positives of offering your pet bearded dragon apples in the first place.
Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apple Skin?
One of the most commonly asked questions that we see after answering the initial “can bearded dragons eat apples” is something based around if they can eat the apple skin too. This comes down to the preference of both you and your pet bearded dragons some owners will make sure to remove the apple skin prior to feeding apples to their pet bearded dragon whereas others won’t. On the flipside of this, some bearded dragons will pick around the apple skin and only eat the actual apple too so try offering some apple to your bearded dragons and see how it reacts with regards to the skin.
That said, you are able to feed your bearded dragons apple with the skin still on without issue. Although there is a large amount of fiber in the skin of the apple, your bearded dragons internal digestive system can still break it down with ease. The main reason that we see people reporting that they remove the skin of apples prior to giving them to their bearded dragons is due to a potential choking hazard.
This should not be an issue for an adult bearded dragon provided that you cut the apple slices small enough and then feed the apple to your pet. One thing that we have seen some bearded dragon owners use is something like a vegetable chopper with the dicer attachment to ensure that the apple is as small as possible with only small squares of the skin being left on. This allows you to feed the apple to your pet without having to worry about long parts of the apple skin being stuck in its throat and potentially causing you problems.
As we touched on earlier, you should never feed your pet bearded dragon apple seeds due to them potentially causing a range of issues in your pet if ingested. Thankfully, a large number of store-bought apples are now seedless anyway but we would always recommend that our readers double check prior to serving.
That brings our article going over feeding apples to your pet bearded dragon to an end. We hope that you have found it helpful and have decided to try adding apples to your bearded dragon’s diet due to them offering so many health benefits while being a nice and tasty treat option too. As we mentioned, there are a large number of fruits and vegetables that you can also add to your bearded dragons routein to help keep it varied while still offering all the vitamins and minerals that it could ever need to so remember to keep some variety in your bearded dragons treats.