Want to feed blackberries to your bearded dragon? But confused about the health of your beardie? Thinking can bearded dragons eat blackberries? is it safe for bearded dragons to eat blackberries? Answer to this question is very simple. Here is the answer can bearded dragons eat blackberries?
Yes, bearded dragons can eat blackberries
However, blackberries are a little bit harder for bearded dragons to mash up in their mouth. But, it is safe for bearded dragons to feed blackberries. You can feed a few blackberries to your dragon every week. Blackberries are not much dangerous for beardies. In fact, bearded dragons love to eat fruit such as blackberries, apples, watermelon, and other fruits as well.
Here is the video of bearded dragon eating blackberries.
Benefits of blackberries for bearded dragon
Water: Blackberries contains almost 87% of water and it is a very good source of hydration for bearded dragons. But, you should avoid over feeding blackberries to your dragon because it contains too much water in it. It may cause some serious problem to your beardie.
Vitamins: Blackberries contains vitamin A, C, and K. These vitamins are very good for the health of bearded dragons. These vitamins are very beneficial for the immune system, vision, growth, bones, tissues, and organs of bearded dragons.
Fiber: Blackberries are a great source of fiber. Fiber is good for the digestive system of bearded dragons. But, a lot of fiber can cause diarrhea to your pet. So be careful about it.
Minerals: Blackberries also contains zinc and manganese. These minerals are very good for the metabolism and immune system of your beardie.
Antioxidants: Blackberries are also a source of antioxidants. These antioxidants provides protection to the cells of your bearded dragon.
Disadvantages of blackberries for bearded dragons
Sugar: Blackberries contains a significant amount of sugar. However, A few blackberries are good for bearded dragons but too much blackberries can cause them serious diseases like diabetes, heart problems, and much more. So, you should be in limit while feeding blackberries to your beardies.
Oxalate: Blackberries also have some oxalates like other berries. Oxalate is a natural substance that is not bad for itself or for the plants. But, it is not good for bearded dragons. Oxalates are not good for the bones of bearded dragons. The job of oxalates is to get rid of extra calcium. So, too much oxalate can cause serious bone diseases to your pet.
Due to low calcium, your dragon can have metabolic bone disease. Metabolic Bone Disease is very common in bearded dragons. In this disease bones and skeleton of the dragon become very weak.
How to feed blackberries to bearded dragons?
This is also an important question worth answering. What is the best and safe way to feed blackberries to bearded dragons? Here is the best and the safest way to feed blackberries to bearded dragons. First of all, you should collect healthy and fresh blackberries for your pet. Then wash and clean blackberries from dust and other particles. After cleaning blackberries choose the soft ones and cut them into small pieces. After cutting them into small pieces feed them to your beardie. Do not feed more than 5 blackberries per week. Overfeeding blackberries can be dangerous and harmful for your bearded dragon. So be careful about the health of your pet. The best way to feed blackberries to your dragon is to mixup blackberries with a green or veggie diet. It can be a very good diet for your beardie.
How often can bearded dragons eat blackberries?
Bearded dragons can eat blackberries daily but it is not safe for them. You should feed blackberries 2-3 times per month to your beardie. Because, due to a lot of blackberries eating can cause some serious health issues to your beardie. Health comes first whenever you want to feed something to your pet always consider the health of your pet before feeding them anything. Follow the suggested diet of vet for your pet.
Can bearded dragons eat blackberry leaves?
Yes, bearded dragons can eat blackberry leaves as well. But leaves are not a very good source of nutrition so they should be avoided. However, you can add 1 or 2 leaves to the diet of your bearded dragon once per week. Before feeding leaves, you should clean them very well. After cleaning the leaves you can feed them to your lizard.
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I am Nick James, I have been three male beardies since 2015. I love to take care of my pets and their diet. Here, I am sharing my personal experiences and strategies to grow up your cute pet.