Although there has been a solid bearded dragon owning community for many decades now, more and more people have taken to keeping a bearded dragon as a pet over the last few years. Although there is some speculation that it is due to having Dragon in their name and the popularity of the Game of Thrones TV show, we feel that they are just becoming more and more popular due to people moving away from the traditional cats and dog options for pets. Due to seeing so many new bearded dragon owners, we have seen a bunch of people reaching out about a large number of different questions about keeping them as their pet.
We have seen more and more people over the last few months reaching out to ask specifically about if you can feed your bearded dragon grapes or not. Over the last month or so we have actually noticed the number of people asking this question increasing slightly so we have decided to dedicated this article to going over adding grapes to your bearded dragons diet and the advantages and disadvantages that come with grapes.
Anyway, before going any further, yes, you can most definitely feed your pet bearded dragon grapes if you want and it is also highly likely that your bearded dragon will enjoy the grapes due to their unique taste and texture. Although Green, Red, Black, and Purple grapes all have slightly different nutritional content and tastes, they are all fine for your bearded dragon to eat as part of a balanced diet and we would usually recommend that our readers only use grapes as a treat for their bearded dragon.
Grapes offer your bearded dragon a large amount of fiber to help keep it regular and avoid constipation, have a large amount of water in them to help keep your dragon hydrated and help with osmoregulation, come with a ton of potassium to help with blood pressure as well as have a low acid content. On top of this, being a fruit, grapes also offer some essential vitamins and minerals that will do your bearded dragon the world of good.
That said though, if you are strictly looking to use something for your bearded dragon as a treat rather than just a one-off as you have grapes around the house, we feel that there are much better options. bearded dragon can have gapes in their diet without issue, there are different, mixed ingredient treat options that are often not only cheaper than grapes but also offer a full and balance nutritional profile for your bearded dragon to help keep it healthy.
Excellent Fiber Content
In our opinion, one of the main advantages that grapes have over many of the other popular treats for bearded dragons is that they are usually ate with the skin on and offer a great source of fiber. Although there are definitely better options out there when it comes to vitamins and minerals, it is difficult to find a better option than grapes when it comes to getting some solid fiber into your dragons diet. Although it depends on the type and colour of grape you are feeding your bearded dragon, they are usually between one and two percent fiber.
This can be a godsend as some bearded dragon can be prone to Impaction where their bowels can easily get blocked up and potentially cause death or serious injury. Although not a full-blown cure, ensuring that your dragon has plenty of fiber in its diet can be a great way to minimize the risk of importation occurring in your dragon and helping it lead a full an healthy life.
Another advantage of the fiber content in the grapes is that it is almost all skin based yet easy to process for your bearded dragon’s digestive system. Other fruit skins such as apples contain more fiber but it is harder for your bearded dragon to process and usually does not offer anywhere near its full benefit. On the flip side of this, the bonds in the grape skin are much weaker than those in apple skin offering your dragon a great source of fiber. The fiber from the grape skins then acts as roughage to help keep your dragon regular and ensure that it is able to pass its waste as required.
Great Water Content Level
Depending on the color, the location they were grown, and if they are seedless or not, a grape can be up to over fifty percent water helping to keep your dragon hydrated and prevent a number of common conditions that many bearded dragon can suffer from at one time in their life. The most common issue that this can help with is preventing dry mouth but keeping your dragon hydrated can also help to prevent dizziness, constipation, and a number of neurological problems.
Some bearded dragons can be very picky when it comes to drinking their water and a quick and easy trick is to essentially trick them into consuming their water in the form of fruit such as grapes. Due to the sweet taste and interesting textures, the majority of bearded dragons seem to really enjoy grapes and will eat them without issue offering you a quick and easy way to get some water into them.
That said though, this should not be resorted to on a regular basis, bearded dragons can also have issued with excess water intake if you give them too many grapes. Overhydration can be a real risk and although rare, it is not worth risking. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy signs that bearded dragons display if they are getting close to being over hydrated, if your pet starts to act docile, has a watery or runny poo, or seems to have balancing issues then instantly cut back on the grapes and leave them with their regular water source to drink as they see fit.
Low In Acid And Fats
Although it is usually when offering your bearded dragon citrus based fruits, there can be a number of issues with the acidity in fruits causing issues but grapes usually come in with a pH level between 6.1 and 6.91 making them well within the recommended range for your pet dragon. This also means that grapes have a minimal risk of causing issues with gas when added to your bearded dragon’s diet as some other fruits can. On top of this, the pH level of a grape also means that there will be no burning sensation or potential pain risk for your dragon when eating the fruit over some citrus-based alternatives.
With grapes being almost all carbohydrates there is absolutely no fats in them at all making them ideal for your bearded dragon when added as apart of a balanced diet. Although your dragon does require some fat in its diet, it really is minimal and they will do much better on a diet that is made up of predominantly carbs or proteins. This helps keep your dragon as healthy as possible while also minimising the risk of digestive upset that can occur if you give your dragon foods that are higher in fat content.
Jam Packed With Vitamins And Minerals
Although grapes are not able to offer your bearded dragon a complete nutritional breakdown, they do offer some great vitamin and mineral content to help it in a number of ways. All grapes no matter their color or location they were grown are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B6. Not only do these boost your pet’s immune system but they also offer benefits to your bearded dragon’s eyesight, skin, and internal organs too.
Grapes also offer a ton of thiamine and riboflavin in them to help protect against sickness and disease in your bearded dragon too. Although there are a fair few treats that you can offer your bearded dragon riboflavin, thiamine can be harder to come by helping to score grapes some points over other fruits and vegetables. When it comes to actual minerals, grapes offer some solid manganese, copper, magnesium, iron and zinc in high quantities to help keep your beardies bones, skin, and muscles.
That said though, as we touched on earlier in the article, in our opinion, there are better treats for your beardie on the market that offers a better all-round nutritional profile. This is why we would always recommend that you go with one of those options rather than sticking with grapes on a regular basis.
How to Prepare Grapes for Your Bearded Dragon
We have also seen a number of people reaching out and asking for advice mo how best to prepare grapes for their bearded dragon. Although most people at least cut them in two, we have seen people report giving whole grapes to adults without issue due to the grapes being so soft and easy for the dragon to eat. As we touched on earlier in the article, one of the main benefits of giving grapes to your bearded dragon is the fiber that is in the skin of the grape. We would not recommend that people peel the skin off the grape as we have seen some people reporting as this removes one of the main advantages of the treat.