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Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bananas? (The Facts)
Bearded dragons make for excellent pets, as these omnivores are actually quite gentle despite how tough they look. While bearded dragons can eat all sorts of other animals in addition to fruits and vegetables, what exactly can they eat? Can they have bananas?
Yes, bearded dragons can eat bananas. Bananas are good for bearded dragons in moderation, as they are full of potassium, vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants, but they also contain a lot of sugars. A small amount of banana one time each week is plenty for this pet.
Keep reading to learn more about how bearded dragons should eat bananas, as well as what hazards to watch out for.
How Frequently Can Bearded Dragons Have Bananas?
Bearded dragons have a very unique diet, and what exactly they eat can differ for each one’s specific needs. To determine exactly how much banana a bearded dragon can have, you should consult with a vet. Start with a small piece, and if there are no negative reactions, you can give them a few bite sized pieces in the future.
Bearded dragons can have a little banana once a week or even every other week. This is enough for them to get the nutritional benefits without developing health problems from consuming too much sugar and phosphorus.
How to Feed Bearded Dragons Bananas
First, you should inspect the banana to make sure it is a good quality piece of fruit. This will ensure that they get the most nutrients from this treat. Then, you need to cut the fruit up into bite sized pieces. It can be diced, sliced, or chopped. Again, always start by giving them one piece to see how they react.
Can Bananas Be Harmful for Bearded Dragons?
Too much banana can be harmful to bearded dragons, especially young ones, as it is easier for them to choke on this slippery fruit. Feeding these pets too much banana can cause health problems like diarrhea, tooth decay, obesity, or even bone diseases. Give young bearded dragons very small pieces of banana to reduce the choking hazard.
Also, while bearded dragons can eat the banana peel, it must be cleaned and cut up very small. Dried bananas should not be given to a bearded dragon, as they have a very high sugar content. Frozen bananas are a bad idea, as well, as they are even more of a choking hazard.
Bananas are one of many fruits that a bearded dragon can eat. While they do benefit from the many nutrients in bananas, feeding a bearded dragon too much banana is highly detrimental to their health, as this fruit is also full of sugars and phosphorus.
It is best to consult with a vet to figure out exactly how to balance a bearded dragon’s diet, but in general, they can have a few bite sized pieces of banana once a week or once every two weeks. If a bearded dragon leaves any pieces, you are probably feeding them too much.
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