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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?

Tomatoes seem like the perfect food for bearded dragons. They're easily available, tasty, and are easy to eat. But are they healthy for bearded dragons?

The short answer is, not tomatoes are not healthy for beardies. They can be fed small pieces of a tomato once per month, but this food should be excluded from their normal diet. Read below to find out why.

Tomato Nutrition Profile

Below is the complete reptile nutrition profile for the majority of red tomatoes (including grape tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes).

Reptile Nutrition

Red Tomatoes (raw)Per 100g Serving
Core
Calories18Cal
Water Content94.52g
Carbohydrates3.89g
Total Carbohydrate3.89g
Fiber, total dietary1.2g
Sugars2.63g
Fructose1.37g
Glucose1.25g
Fat0.2g
Total Fat0.2g
Total saturated0.028g
16:00.02g
18:00.008g
Total monounsaturated0.031g
16:10.001g
18:10.03g
Total polyunsaturated0.083g
18:20.08g
18:30.003g
Proteins0.88g
Protein0.88g
Alanine0.027g
Arginine0.021g
Aspartic acid0.135g
Betaine0.1mg
Cystine0.009g
Glutamic acid0.431g
Glycine0.019g
Histidine0.014g
Isoleucine0.018g
Leucine0.025g
Lysine0.027g
Methionine0.006g
Phenylalanine0.027g
Proline0.015g
Serine0.026g
Threonine0.027g
Tryptophan0.006g
Tyrosine0.014g
Valine0.018g
Minerals
Calcium, Ca10mg
Copper0.059mg
Fluoride2.3μg
Iron0.27mg
Magnesium11mg
Manganese0.114mg
Phosphorus, P24mg
Potassium, K237mg
Sodium5mg
Zinc0.17mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A, IU833IU
Vitamin A, RAE42μg
Alpha-carotene101μg
Beta-carotene449μg
Lutein + Zeaxanthin123μg
Lycopene2573μg
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.037mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.019mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)0.594mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)0.089mg
Vitamin B60.08mg
Vitamin B9 (Folate)15μg
Folate (from food)15μg
Folate (dietary equivalent)15μg
Vitamin C13.7mg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.54mg
Beta Tocopherol0.01mg
Gamma Tocopherol0.12mg
Alpha Tocotrienol0.01mg
Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone)7.9μg
Choline6.7mg
Sterols
Phytosterols7mg
Other
Oxalates26mg
pH4.5
Nutrition Scores
Ca:P Ratio0.4:1
Ca:P RatingPoor
Safe to FeedOnce per month
HealthinessUnhealthy

Notes/Instructions: Peel tomato and cut into small chunks. Serve at room temperature.
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Areas of Concern

Tomatoes may seem like a healthy choice, but you should be aware of the following issues:

High Oxalates

Tomatoes contain 26mg of oxalates per 100g serving. Ideally you want each meal to have no more than 10mg of oxalates as they prevent calcium from being absorbed.

High Acid Levels

Tomatoes are acidic. Raw tomatoes have an average PH values around 4.5 which can cause mouth and stomach irritation in bearded dragons.

Poor Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio

Tomatoes have twice as much phosphorus than calcium. This is not good because phosphorus blocks calcium from being absorbed. Ideally you want more calcium than phosphorus, this way any remaining calcium will be absorbed by the bearded dragon. Since tomatoes have a higher level of phosphorus this means calcium will be blocked from other foods in their diet.

How to Prepare Tomatoes for Bearded Dragons

Tomatoes are not the healthiest food for bearded dragons, but when fed in moderation tomatoes pose no major health risks. If you choose to feed tomatoes to your beardie try to follow the below recommendations:

  • Only feed a small portion of the tomato (don't feed an entire tomato)
  • Follow the below instructions to prepare the tomato before serving
  • Serve the tomato with other foods which are high in calcium to offset the tomato's naturally high phosphorus levels
  • Do not feed your beardie tomatoes more than once per month

Tomato Preparation

Larger tomatoes will be easiest to prepare (grape tomatoes and cherry tomatoes may be too difficult to peel/cut). Only feed the flesh of the tomato to your bearded dragon, so remove any skin before serving. Cut the tomato into small chunks no larger than the distance between your bearded dragon's eyes to reduce the risk of choking. Serve at room temperature.

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Authored by:The Bearded Dragon
Updated:January 4, 2023
This article has been edited 2 times since first published. Please let us know of any suggestions or improvements.
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