Can Bearded Dragons Eat Bananas? – Advantages & Disadvantages
Bananas are one of the easiest fruits to get your hands on. They are sold in pretty much every corner shop or convenience store. But can bearded dragons eat bananas. As discussed in some of the other articles, we know that bearded dragons do like some fruits, and they are a key part in their balanced diets. Bananas are in fact safe for a bearded dragon to eat, so you’re all good on that front. However, keep in mind that like most others fruits, bananas should only be given to a bearded dragon in small amounts every couple of weeks.
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Like all fruits, bananas have their good aspect and bad aspects for a bearded dragon. Bananas contain Phosphorus, and too much of this can lead to metabolic bone disease. Which is a common cause of death for bearded dragons when their owners are uneducated in the correct foods and quantities.
Phosphorus binds with calcium, which then means that the needed calcium already digested by your bearded dragon can not be used effectively. Bearded dragons may become calcium deficient, which commonly results in their bones being very weak.
100 grams of banana contains;
- Phosphorus 22mg
- Magnesium 27g
- Calcium 5mg
- Iron 3mg
- Sodium 1g
Additionally, bananas contain a high level of natural sugars. These sugars are stored and used just like the human body would. However, humans are far more active than bearded dragons, and these sugar will eventually make your bearded dragon obese. This over load of natural (and sometime acidic) sugars can give your bearded dragon a very bad stomach ad will not be pleasant.