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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. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of bananas for a bearded dragon

Bearded dragons have a sweet tooth. They love anything that is rich in flavour. As you can imagine, crickets, roaches and mealworms every day would get rather boring. So changing their eating habits and routines will give a sense of stimulation to feeding time.

Minimal work has to be done to prep a bananas before it’s suitable for your bearded dragon to consume. Unlike and apple or pear which needs to be peeled, bananas can be quickly cut up onto small pieces ready to eat. The soft texture of a banana makes it easily digestible for a worry free snack.

The kidneys are the organ which regulates the calcium and phosphate inside the body. If for any reason a bearded dragons kidney functions are contest, then excess phosphate will build up in the body. This excess phosphate will bind to the calcium inside your bearded dragons body. 

This is where the real damage is done. Because the phosphate has bind to the calcium, the body will try to extract more calcium from other parts of the body to make up for the deficiency. Calcium is drawn from the bones to make up the lost calcium due to the binding. After calcium is extracted, the bones become very weak and are vulnerable to Metabolic Bone Disease.

Signs of Metabolic Bone Disease to look out for?
  • Difficulty walking around
  • Unable to control their back legs 
  • Twitches and Muscle tumours 
  • Knots under their skin (damaged bone)
  • Bruising

If you notice any of these signs, please take your bearded dragon to a trained veterinarian as soon as possible. You must keep a close eye on your bearded dragon and monitor them daily as signs like these aren’t always easy to spot.

Bearded dragons can eat a wide range of fruits. Here is a list of other fruits which bearded dragons seem to enjoy, which should also only ever be consumed every few weeks.

  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Dates
  • Apricots
  • Mango
  • Figs
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Papaya
  • Guava
  • Strawberries
  • Pears
  • Apricots

How bananas should be served

Can a bearded dragons eat bananas? This may seen like a silly topic to cover, but you wouldn’t believe how many times we’re asked why a pet bearded dragons isn’t eating certain foods. And it all comes down to how it is served.

Did you know what bearded dragons eye up foods in comparison to the size of their heads?

Thats right. A bearded dragons will rarely attempt to eat a food which is any larger than its own head. There’s a good reason for this too. Unlike humans, bearded dragons cannot hold their food, which means its has to already be small enough to fit inside its mouth. 

As humans we cut and chop all our foods into suitable eating sizes. Bearded dragons don’t get the luxury of this, so we have to do it for them. If you are placing half a banana, carrot, apple, or whatever fruit/vegetable in their food bowl, they won’t just nibble at it like a rabbit. 

You have to cut them down to size. So keep this in mind when you are serving your banana. It’s best to cut the banana into coin shapes and then cut them further into quarters. This size is much more suitable for bearded dragon consumption. 

Conclusion

Can bearded dragons eat bananas? We say yes, as an occasional treat. A small amount of banana every few weeks isn’t going to create any health issues for your bearded dragon. This issue only arise if you over feed them these types of foods.

As long as you take this into consideration when constructing a balanced diet for your bearded dragon, you should be fine.

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