Apples are considered a healthy choice for people, but should only be used as an occasional treat for bearded dragons. Below is the complete nutrition profile for the average apple without skin.
Apples (without skin)Per 100g Serving
Nutrition and Health Risks
Keep in mind that while bearded dragons are omnivores, they are from a desert environment. So their bodies have adapted to the foods native to that climate. Apples today are much sweeter and have a different nutrition profile than fruits bearded dragons eat in the wild. With that said, below are the main health concerns with apples.Poor Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio
The main issue with apples is the Calcium to Phosphorus ratio. As you can see in the nutrition table above, apples have a Ca:P ratio of 0.5:1, or twice as much Phosphorus as Calcium. This is important because bearded dragons need calcium to stay healthy and phosphorus blocks calcium absorption. Foods containing more phosphorus than calcium are ideal because the extra calcium will be absorbed by your beardie.High Sugar Content
Nearly 10% of an apple's weight is natural sugar (without the core or skin). This makes them delicious, but that's a lot of sugar for a small reptile. Too much sugar can interrupt their digestion, lead to obesity, and cause plaque build-up in the mouth.