Is it Safe for a Bearded Dragon to Have an Apple?
You more than likely heard somebody say that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. But have you ever wondered if this goes for your pets as well? Or more specifically, does this work for your bearded dragon? To answer this question in a word, the answer is going to be yes, your bearded dragon is able to eat apples, but with some restrictions. For example, you should never feed your bearded dragon apples more often than one time per week.
While apples are going to be considered a ‘safe’ fruit for your beardie to eat on a regular basis, it is very important to make a note that they are not going to require it every day of the week. If you have an adult bearded dragon, you should be feeding them a diet that consists of roughly 80% plants and 20% insects. Of that 80% plants, only about 10-20% of that should be in the form of fruit. So be sure that you keep that in mind when you are trying to determine when and how much apple you should be giving to your beardie.
Here is what you need to know about feeding apples in your bearded dragon enclosure.
Why is it that Bearded Dragons can Eat Apples?
There is no denying the fact that apples are going to be a very nutritious snack that is packed full of many different vitamins and minerals that are going to help you stay healthy, as well as your bearded dragon stay healthy. When you do give your bearded dragon apples as an occasional treat, here are some of the benefits that you can expect them to gain from it:
- Vitamins C and A, which are going to help your beardie to fortify their immune system, help their vision, keep their reproductive system healthy, and even help them grow to their full potential
- Apples contain fiber, which is going to enhance your beardie’s digestive system, as well as help to prevent any type of constipation from developing
- The carbohydrates that are contained in apples are going to help give your beardie the energy that they require in order to function regularly on a daily basis
- Potassium, which is going to help regulate your beardie’s blood pressure, as well as aid in their muscle function, help them prevent any type of kidney problems from occurring, and will even help to lower the amount of water that they retain
- Apples contain a good amount of iron, which your beardie will be able to use to help the oxygen that they breathe to travel much more easily throughout their bodies
- Apples contain a lot of water, meaning that they are going to aid your beardie when it comes to staying hydrated
Just keep in mind, that while apples do have many different health benefits when it comes to your bearded dragon, you are going to want to make sure that you do not feed them too many in a short amount of time. In fact, if you can keep the apples treats to about one time per week, then your beardie will be able to reap the health benefits that apples can deliver to them. And keep in mind that this is going to be in addition to the regular balanced and healthy diet that you should already be feeding your bearded dragon. By no means should you think that it’s a good idea to supplement your bearded dragon’s regular, healthy diet with that of apples. This is going to be a very fast way to stress out your beardie, potentially causing them to not eat at all. If this happens, they can then start to have some serious health conditions that will require veterinarian intervention.
Red Apples or Green Apples?
The biggest difference when it comes to red and green apples in regard to your bearded dragon, is not only going to be the taste of the actual apple, but the fact that green apples are actually going to contain a little bit more protein, iron, potassium, and fiber than a red apple. With that being said, you must keep in mind that both red and green apples are going to be perfectly safe for your beardie to eat, but you need to remember that you are going to want to remove any skin and seeds from the apples before you give them to your beardie. This will prevent any accidental seed or apple skin from being swallowed, potentially causing a blockage in your beardie’s digestive tract.