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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries

Whether eaten plain or mixed in with salads or other meals, strawberries are many people's favorite fruit. But how healthy are they for bearded dragons and how much can you feed your beardie?

The answer is yes, you can feed strawberries to bearded dragons. However, you will want to limit the serving size and frequency since strawberries are not the healthiest fruit. Review our recommendations below to learn how to safely feed strawberries to your bearded dragon.

Strawberry Nutrition

Below is the reptile nutrition label for strawberries. We created this label using information from the USDA and other reputable nutrition sources.

Reptile Nutrition

Strawberries (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories32Cal
Water Content90.95g
Carbohydrates7.68g
Total Carbohydrate7.68g
Fiber, total dietary2g
Starch0.04g
Sugars4.89g
Fructose2.44g
Glucose1.99g
Sucrose0.47g
Fat0.3g
Total Fat0.3g
Total saturated0.015g
16:00.012g
18:00.003g
Total monounsaturated0.043g
16:10.001g
18:10.042g
Total polyunsaturated0.155g
18:20.09g
18:30.065g
Proteins0.67g
Protein0.67g
Alanine0.033g
Arginine0.028g
Aspartic acid0.149g
Betaine0.2mg
Cystine0.006g
Glutamic acid0.098g
Glycine0.026g
Histidine0.012g
Isoleucine0.016g
Leucine0.034g
Lysine0.026g
Methionine0.002g
Phenylalanine0.019g
Proline0.02g
Serine0.025g
Threonine0.02g
Tryptophan0.008g
Tyrosine0.022g
Valine0.019g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca16mg
Copper0.048mg
Fluoride4.4μg
Iron0.41mg
Magnesium13mg
Manganese0.386mg
Phosphorus, P24mg
Potassium, K153mg
Selenium0.4μg
Sodium1mg
Zinc0.14mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU12IU
Vitamin A, RAE1μg
Beta-carotene7μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin26μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.024mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.022mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.386mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.125mg
Vitamin B60.047mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)24μg
Folate (from food)24μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)24μg
Vitamin C58.8mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.29mg
Beta Tocopherol0.01mg
Gamma Tocopherol0.08mg
Delta Tocopherol0.01mg
Alpha Tocotrienol0.01mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)2.2μg
Choline5.7mg
Sterols
Phytosterols12mg
Other
Oxalates2mg
pH3.3
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio0.7:1
Ca:P RatingPoor
Safe to FeedOnce per week
HealthinessFair

Notes/Instructions: Wash thoroughly. Cut into small pieces.
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Strawberry Health Concerns

Strawberries are winners when it comes to flavor, but are not choice for nutrition. Below are some of the health concerns you should be aware of when feeding strawberries to bearded dragons.

Poor Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio

Bearded dragons need calcium for skeletal health, however strawberries have more phosphorus than calcium which is not ideal. This is because phosphorus prevents calcium from being absorbed (read our calcium guide for more details). This means you will need to serve strawberries with other foods rich in calcium like arugula or kale to keep the minerals balanced.

Strawberries are Acidic

Strawberries have an average pH of 3.3, which is too acidic for bearded dragons. Acidic foods can cause mouth and digestion discomfort when fed to bearded dragons too regularly. You can offset this discomfort by cutting strawberries into smaller pieces and mixing in foods that are more alkaline like kale.

Other Areas of Interest

Below are some other items worth mentioning regarding strawberry nutrition.

Low Sugar Content

Surprisingly strawberries are lower in sugar than you think. Many reptile blogs incorrectly state strawberries have too much sugar for bearded dragons, but a 100g serving of strawberries only contains 4.9g of sugar, which is about the same as carrots.

How to Feed Strawberries to Bearded Dragons

Strawberries can be fed to bearded dragons in moderation. If you choose to feed your beardie strawberries do so no more than once per week and mix in the strawberries with other food items to keep the meal balanced.

What Types of Strawberries are Best?

You should only feed your beardie fresh strawberries purchased at the store or grown locally. Do not feed frozen strawberries, strawberry preserves, dried strawberries, or strawberries from any types of fruit mixes. Non-fresh strawberries normally have preservatives and/or sugars added which alter the nutritional benefits of the fruit.

Strawberry Preparation

You should wash the strawberries before serving to remove any loose debris or chemicals the strawberry may have come in contact with at the store or during transportation.

Cut the strawberries into small pieces. Make sure each piece is smaller than the distance between your beardies eyes to reduce the risks of choking. Feel free to leave the strawberry tops on as bearded dragons can eat the strawberry leaves.

Strawberry FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding serving strawberries.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberry Leaves
Yes, strawberry leaves are safe for bearded dragons to eat. You can leave these on the strawberries you feed your beardie or you can serve them separately if desired.
How Many Strawberries Can A Bearded Dragon Eat
You can safely feed a healthy bearded dragon 1-2 medium strawberries (about 12-25g of strawberries) per week. Strawberries are an acidic fruit and require additional calcium to keep the meal balanced so they should be used more as treats not be fed too frequently.
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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:January 10, 2023
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