Bearded dragons need a varied and nutritious diet. They feed on veggies, small vertebrates, live feeder insects, greens and some fruits. The main portion of their diet is insects. Other food items are also crucial for their good health. Before giving any food item to your beardie, it is important to search for it thoroughly. It is also essential to vary the diet of bearded dragons when they grow.
Bearded dragons can also intake some fruits in moderation. Here, we are going to discuss a fruit known as persimmon. Persimmon is also called Sharon fruit. It is one type of early fruiting orange. Its most cultivated species is the Japanese persimmon. When they ripen, their colour becomes light yellow to orange or dark red to orange. Their diameter is between 1.5 cm to 9cm.
Here we will discuss, “ can bearded dragons eat persimmons”?
It is better to avoid persimmons if you want to keep your beardie healthy.
Nutritional value of persimmons for bearded dragons
Persimmon is a high-acid fruit, and this high acid content is dangerous for bearded dragons.
It also has a high amount of Vitamin C (which disturbs the health of bearded dragons).
Indeed, it possesses a huge amount of vitamin A, but this large amount is not healthy for bearded dragons.
Calcium to Phosphorous ratio
In persimmons calcium: phosphorus ratio is 1:2, which is not good as for a healthy diet, the calcium level should be greater than the phosphorus. The food item with a greater phosphorus ratio is unsuitable for bearded dragons.
Can baby bearded dragons eat persimmons?
No, they can’t. Like adult bearded dragons, baby dragons can also not eat persimmons due to their high amounts of vitamin A, Vitamin C, high acid content and improper Calcium to phosphorus ratio.
Can bearded dragons eat frozen persimmons?
No, not at all. The frozen persimmons are also not suitable for your bearded dragon and cause problems for the bearded dragon. So avoid this fruit.
Can bearded dragons eat dried persimmons?
No, they can not eat. Besides the other side effects, it also contains a high amount of sugar that may cause obesity.
What to feed bearded dragons instead of persimmons?
There are many healthy food items for bearded dragons.
Fruits are an important portion of the Bearded Dragon’s diet. Fruits provide minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that are not readily present in other foods.
There are some fruits that we good for your beardie.
Leafy greens and vegetables are also essential parts of beardies’ diets. Vegetables provide many nutrients and calories to the bearded dragon’s diet.
Below are some veggies that you can feed to your bearded dragon.
- Collard Greens
- Dandelion greens
- Sweet potato
Before feeding your Bearded Dragon vegetables, wash them thoroughly and serve them raw veggies.
Below is the most important food portion of bearded dragons’ diet. The insects that bearded dragons can eat are:
Some food items are dangerous for bearded dragons’ health and cause toxicities and abnormalities in bearded dragons’ health.
Garlic, avocado, eggplant and onion should be avoided as they are harmful even in small amounts.
Non-nutrient (dense) foods with a high water content should be avoided. These foods include celery and iceberg lettuce.
Finally, spiders, fireflies and ticks are dangerous for bearded dragons. Even half of a firefly can kill a Bearded Dragon because of the cardiotoxins.
The bearded dragons can not eat persimmons. This is not a good option for both adult and baby beardies. As you have seen above, its nutritional value because of its acidic properties, high phosphorus ( than calcium) and the fat content of persimmon makes it unhealthy for your beardies. Instead, you can give your bearded dragon any other healthy food options such as small insects, greens, veggies and some fruits.
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.