In the fall when the apples are in season, they can make the most delicious treats for everyone to enjoy. Ciders, caramel apples, pies, and more find their way onto tables and in stores to endear consumers to enjoy the fall harvest.
Can bearded dragons eat apples though? Are they able to enjoy the apple-mania that comes along with the harvest season every year? With how much they adore fruits of all kinds, they can certainly be hopeful, but let’s see if they can actually partake, shall we?
Are Apples Good For Bearded Dragons?
Luckily for your little friend, they can enjoy the seasonal selection along with you without much concern. Apples provide them with plenty of health benefits that if delivered in moderate quantities, can be incredibly helpful in keeping them strong and healthy especially in the colder months. They’ll even be delighted to know that unlike most other fruits which should be given as a rare treat, apples can be eaten on a weekly basis!
Apples are chockfull of Vitamin C and A to help fortify their immune systems when they tend to get a little more lethargic as the weather turns cold. The carbs in apples can also help boost their energy to keep them running when they might be feeling sleepy because the colder weather isn’t optimal for them. Iron and Fiber help with blood oxygen and digestive functions to keep them running without worry they’ll slow down too much.
As for what type of apples they can enjoy, there isn’t really anything that says they can’t eat certain types of apples. As long as you’re preparing them without the peel and de-seeding them, they can enjoy apples of any color happily. Some types may have higher levels of vitamins and minerals but there isn’t too much of a difference to make a noticeable impact.
We also recommend ensuring that the apples are thoroughly peeled. Even a little bit of the peel can cause some issues with choking and digestion as your beardie will have a hard time breaking the peel down. Thoroughly remove the peel and cut the apple into bite-size pieces so you don’t risk choking or tummy troubles.
You should also serve apples to them raw as they don’t provide as many nutrients for your little buddy when they are cooked. They also lose a lot of their water during cooking and the hydration level is just high enough to benefit your beardie without waterlogging them. Once a week if you feel your beardie has been particularly good, cut up a little apple for them to enjoy as they deserve it.
How Often Can Beardies Eat Apples?
The next question you should be asking is how often can bearded dragons eat apples? The only thing to really be wary of when you’re trying to feed your little guy apples on a regular basis is monitoring how much sugar they are intaking in other areas of their diet.
Apples do have a good amount of sugar, so they shouldn’t be given daily of course, but they have a small enough amount that it can easily be given as a weekly treat. This is actually ideal, as sweets are something beardies enjoy more than most things, so having a weekly treat to look forward to is a nice thing to give your little buddy.
The only other thing to watch out for is if you decide to give them apples more frequently than once a week, they may start having some digestion issues. Apples have a fair amount of fiber and that can actually wreak a bit of havoc on their system if given in large quantities as well. Too much fiber can cause diarrhea so just be wary of how much fiber you’re already giving them.
Other than that, apples are really one of the win-win fruits to add to your beardie’s routine. They love sweet things and this fruit is actually safe enough to have it semi-regularly to break up the monotony of their bowls of greens and veggies. Apples are perfect for that purpose.
Like with most other things they eat though, preparation is key. Aside from peeling and dicing them up small for easier ingestion, you should avoid giving them pieces that are close to the core. They tend to be harder and you don’t want to risk them accidentally getting a seed, which can cause choking.
Other than that, you should be in the clear to give your beardie apples.