Is it Safe for Bearded Dragons to Have Grapes?

There are many people who decide that they want to have a bearded dragon as a pet but are not necessarily familiar with the different types of foods that they are allowed to eat, or the ones that they are not allowed to eat.  With that being said, one of these foods that owners of bearded dragons wonder if they can feed to their pet is going to be grapes.  This is because grapes are not only incredibly convenient, but they are also a tasty, cheap treat.  Here is everything that you need to know about whether or not you are allowed to safely feed your bearded dragon grapes and everything about the topic.

Are You Allowed to Feed Your Bearded Dragons Grapes?

To answer the question of whether or not it is safe for your bearded dragon to eat grapes in one word, that word would be yes, you can feed your bearded dragon grapes.  What makes this even better, is the fact that grapes are going to be completely safe for them to eat, but there are going to be a few conditions that you will need to follow.  On a side note, grapes are only going to be one of the delicious types of fruit that your bearded dragon is able to eat in their bearded dragon tanks.

When it comes to bearded dragons, they are actually going to very much enjoy eating fruits (such as grapes), much more than the enjoy eating vegetables and other greens.  When you do feed a grape to your beardie, it does not matter if it is a grape with or without the skin on it.  With that being said, they should never, under any circumstances, eat any grape seeds.  What this means, is that you are going to need to make sure that you have removed the seed from the grape prior to feeding to them, or simply get seedless grapes.

How Often Can You Feed Your Bearded Dragon Grapes?

Just because your beardie is going to love eating the grapes you feed them, doesn’t necessarily mean that you should feed them grapes all the time.  In fact, it is going to be best if you only give your beardie grapes on a very occasional basis.  You can try to use them as a special treat, make a special dressing out of them, or even use them as a special rub that you put on the greens that your beardie should normally be eating as a way to make them much more appetizing and delicious.

Just keep in mind that it is going to be best if you already have a very broad understanding of your beardie’s overall nutritional and food requirements prior to starting to give them grapes.  If you are able to do this, you will have no problem keeping their nutritional intake balanced after you have introduced grapes to their diet.

Why Can’t They Eat More Grapes?

There are going to be several different reasons that prevent you from feeding your beardie an unlimited number of grapes whenever you want to.  First off, grapes are packed full of oxalates.  In case you are unfamiliar with oxalates, they are going to bind to other minerals within the body, one so mineral being calcium.  When this bond happens, it essentially means that your beardie will no longer be able to absorb that calcium, eventually leading to different types of health issues.  While it is true that grapes only contain a lower number of oxalates, when you overfeed your beardie too many grapes, it can very easily lead them to having a calcium deficiency.  

As if that wasn’t enough to prevent how many grapes you feed to your beardie, grapes are also going to contain a lot of water.  While this may not sound like any type of problem to you, for your beardie, it is a big problem.  You more than likely already know that bearded dragons typically live in a desert environment where water is scarce.  This is why they have been able to evolve so that they do not require a whole lot of water to survive (even with the being said, be sure that there is always a water bowl with your beardie).  Since your beardie is going to get most of the water that they require from the regular food that they eat, the extra water that the consume from eating too many grapes is going to give them some digestion problems, one of those being diarrhea.  When they have diarrhea, they will be at a much higher risk for becoming dehydrated, which will eventually lead to many other more severe health problems.

Lastly, many different types of grapes are going to contain seeds.  This is not good for your beardie, as if they are allowed to digest a grape seed, it can lead them to becoming impacted.  What this means, is that your beardie will not be able to have a bowel movement, as their digestive system will be blocked by the grape seed.  If this goes on for any amount of time and your beardie is not allowed to defecate, it can cause them to become very sick, even leading to death.  

So, if you notice that your beardie is not defecting as it regularly would and it has recently eaten grapes, they may be suffering from impaction, or having a grape seed prevent them from defecating.  If this does happen, try to give your beardie a nice, warm bath.  Be sure that the water levels don’t go any higher than their elbows and knees, and just allow them to soak in the water for roughly 15 minutes.  When you are giving your beardie a bath, pretend that they are just like a little baby and don’t leave them unsupervised in their bath.

If you are still having troubles with your beardie after giving them a warm bath for 15 minutes, the next best thing that you can do is to call your veterinarian.  They will be able to make sure that the grape seed is removed in a safe manner.

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