Blackberries for Bearded Dragons
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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Blackberries

Blackberries are popular berry that can be found in most grocery stores or, depending on where you live, found growing naturally in fields or along paths. As the name suggests, they have a dark/black color when ripe and their sweet taste makes them an enjoyable snack or a perfect complement for many desserts. Despite their popularity and availability many dragon owners are curious if they can feed their bearded dragons blackberries.

Blackberry Nutrition

Below is the "reptile" nutrient label for blackberries. We created this label using data provided by the USDA and other reliable sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Blackberries (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories43Cal
Water Content88.15g
Carbohydrates9.61g
Total Carbohydrate9.61g
Fiber, total dietary5.3g
Sugars4.88g
Fructose2.4g
Galactose0.03g
Glucose2.31g
Maltose0.07g
Sucrose0.07g
Fat0.49g
Total Fat0.49g
Total saturated0.014g
16:00.012g
18:00.003g
Total monounsaturated0.047g
18:10.044g
20:10.004g
Total polyunsaturated0.28g
18:20.186g
18:30.094g
Proteins1.39g
Protein1.39g
Betaine0.3mg
Minerals
Calcium, Ca29mg
Copper0.165mg
Iron0.62mg
Magnesium20mg
Manganese0.646mg
Phosphorus, P22mg
Potassium, K162mg
Selenium0.4μg
Sodium1mg
Zinc0.53mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU214IU
Vitamin A, RAE11μg
Beta-carotene128μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin118μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.02mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.026mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.646mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.276mg
Vitamin B60.03mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)25μg
Folate (from food)25μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)25μg
Vitamin C21mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)1.17mg
Beta Tocopherol0.04mg
Gamma Tocopherol1.34mg
Delta Tocopherol0.9mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)19.8μg
Choline8.5mg
Other
Oxalates3mg
pH4.1
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio1.3:1
Ca:P RatingGood
Safe to Feed2-3 times/week
HealthinessHealthy

Notes/Instructions: Wash thoroughly. Serve with non-acidic foods.
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Blackberry Health Concerns

Overall, blackberries are a healthy fruit with very little health concerns. Unlike most fruit, blackberries actually have more calcium than phosphorus, which is good. They are also lower in sugar than most fruits. The only minor concern is the pH value of blackberries.

Blackberry Acidity

Blackberries have an average pH value of 4.1, which makes them a bit more acidic than most fruits. Foods that are too acidic can cause mouth and stomach irritation in bearded dragons as well as other digestive discomfort. Fortunately, blackberries are small so it's easy to serve them mixed with other basic (pH value larger than 7) foods which will help offset discomfort from the acidity.

How to Feed Blackberries to Bearded Dragons

Blackberries are safe to feed bearded dragons, but due to their higher acidity level they should be fed in moderation. Giving your beardie blackberries once or twice a week should be fine.

Preparing Blackberries

You should choose fresh blackberries as they are usually less messy and do not have any added sugars which store-purchased frozen fruit sometimes contains. Thoroughly wash the berries before preparation to remove any dirt, loose debris, and pesticides the fruit may have come in contact with.

Some blackberries can be surprisingly large. It's important to remember that bearded dragons can and will eat food that is too large for them to safely digest so you should not feed any berries that are larger than the distance between your beardies eyes. Some owners prefer cutting the berries in half to make them smaller, but that can be messy so you may choose to save the larger berries for yourself and give their beardie the smaller ones.

You should serve the berries with other non-acidic foods (pH value of 7+). This will help offset any discomfort from the blackberries acidity.

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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:February 15, 2023
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