As a beardie owner, you want to keep things interesting for your reptile. So, you play with him, offer live food on occasion, and of course talk to him. But what else can you feed him to make his day a little brighter? That container of blueberries in the fridge sure looks tasty.
Can bearded dragons eat blueberries? Yes, bearded dragons can enjoy these treats on a limited basis. Just make sure you ensure the blueberries are fresh, free of mold and rot, do not contain any pesticides, and of course, are within their “sell by” date. The best thing to do is ask yourself if you would eat the berries.
If the answer is no, you would not eat said berries; it may be best to toss them and get some fresh ones instead. How many can these guys eat? How should I prepare them? This, plus more questions, will be answered, so keep reading.
Bearded Dragons and Fruits
Bearded dragons do enjoy fruits. To them, it is like a candy bar is to human beings- something to be enjoyed on an occasional basis. Fruit to bearded dragons is akin to eating too many sweets as humans.
Although fruit is quite healthy in nature, it does contain high amounts of natural sugar. These sugars can lead to obesity in bearded dragons, so it’s best to keep the fruit to a minimum.
Fruits beardies enjoy include papaya, mango, peeled banana, raspberries, apples, pineapple, cherries, and grapes, plus blueberries, of course! They also love watermelon and peaches.
You can give your bearded dragon a bit of these fruits and allow him to enjoy, but you have to make sure you take the remainders out of the habitat after the beardie is done eating.
Rotting fruit leads to an unsanitary environment for the reptile, not to mention the foul odor that comes from it after being under the heat lamp!
Make sure that you avoid citrus fruit, such as oranges, nectarines, and grapefruit. These may lead to an upset stomach in the reptile, so it’s best just to stay away completely.
Bearded Dragons and Blueberries: Preparation
If you have time after you are done reading this article, go to YouTube and type in “Bearded dragon eating blueberries.”
You will get a few funny and cute videos of bearded dragon owners offering the fruit to their pets, and needless to say, it is entertaining! Most importantly, it shows these reptiles can enjoy blueberries, provided they are offered in limited quantity.
Blueberries are not exactly supportive of a bearded dragon’s healthy diet-they are after all a treat. This is why I advise only giving them once per week.
Excellent preparation of blueberries for your bearded dragon to eat starts with shopping at the market. No matter where you get your fruit, whether it’s a supermarket, your local farmer’s market, or the backyard, you have to check it over and make sure it looks good.
So, what makes a good blueberry?
Choosing and Serving Ripe Blueberries
As you peruse the blueberries at the store or market, make sure you look for berries that are plump and free of indentations. They, of course, should be blue in color. Make sure the berries don’t have any red on them, as the berries do not ripen after being picked as bananas or peaches do.
Once you have them home, it’s time to wash them up. Washing them as soon as you get home will be helpful because you can eat them immediately and serve them to your beardie without having to remember whether or not you did it.
Gently put the berries into a colander and wash them thoroughly. Then put them back into their container with a paper towel underneath, so the water doesn’t drip everywhere.
Make sure to store the blueberries in your fridge on one of the main shelves. Do not use the crisper, as the air does not circulate too good around that area. Blueberries should stay fresh for about one week after buying.
When it’s finally time to serve your bearded dragon, the berries, choose four or five berries and offer them to your dragon.
Monitor your beardie to make sure they like the blueberries, and that they eat them all. Berries are fun to play with, and your dragon might just push them under a log or other habitat toy, which could result in a rotted berry and a foul smell when you least expect it.
If you find that your beardie doesn’t care for the fruits, simply throw them out. If your dragon does eat all the fruit, take note of it and offer it to them as a special treat again someday.
Ideal Diet for Bearded Dragons
At this point, you may be wondering what it is bearded dragons should be eating. This section will be an excellent refresher to all you beardie parents out there and all you newcomers who are looking to adopt your first bearded dragon.
Diet for Adult Bearded Dragons
Live food should be fed 2-3 times each week. Six days a week, bearded dragons may eat some veggies.
One day per week, I advise your dragons to fast. Nothing but water just one day per week! I find that this is natural as food is sometimes scarce in the wild. My dragons remain quite healthy with me taking this approach to feeding.
Beardies, after all, are prone to gaining weight. Being fat when you are a bearded dragon may lead to liver and kidney damage. It can be fatal, so fasting isn’t a bad thing!
You can also give small mammals to the bearded dragons once in a while- just once every three months is fine. Crickets, locusts, and dubia roaches are my go-to when feeding my bearded dragons.
I tend to avoid mealworms and super worms because these are quite fattening to a bearded dragon.
6 Months Old Beardies
Once the beardies get to be six months, their diets should contain less live food. When in the baby stages, they may eat live food every day. However, after six months old, they need less of that stuff.
Live food can be fed four times per week and offer veggies every day.
Of course, you should adjust the diet based upon the condition of your beardie- if you rescued an underfed or sick dragon, obviously they will need plenty of live food and water so they can become healthy again.
Baby Beardie Diet
Baby beardies eat a lot because they are growing! Offer live food every day. Make sure you also feed veggies each day.
However, I find the babies really don’t eat a lot of those, so make sure you remove any uneaten vegetables at the end of mealtime to prevent odors and mold from getting into your dragon’s habitat.
I do hope this article about blueberries and bearded dragons has been helpful. Keep the berry count to a minimum and offer it sparingly.
Make sure to feed your bearded dragon a healthy diet and provide water that’s clean and fresh- if you need further advice, check out my article here on bearded dragon feeding. So long as you keep blueberries as a special treat, your dragon will be healthy and happy.