Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapefruit?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapefruit?

Grapefruit is a wonderful citrus fruit that can be eaten as a dessert, with breakfast or just a great relatively healthy snack.

One of the best ways to eat a grapefruit is to take a spoon and scoop out the individual sections and eat them.

Sometimes people like to sprinkle sugar on the grapefruit as well to make it a bit more sweet as sometimes the fruit is a bit tart in flavor.

So can bearded dragons eat grapefruit safely?

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Let’s first look at the nutritional data that makes up a grapefruit and then we can decide if this fruit is safe for a bearded dragon to eat.

In particular we should look at:

  • acidic
  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • water
  • protein
  • fat
  • sugar
  • fibre

One thing that is important with a bearded dragon is the ratio of calcium to phosphorus content. It should be anywhere from 1:1 to 2:1 ideally when it comes to bearded dragons.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 138 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.41 g
Sugars 7.31 g
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat 0.10 g
Protein 0.69 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.020 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.269 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.283 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.043 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Choline (2%) 7.7 mg
Vitamin C (40%) 33.3 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.13 mg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (0%) 0.06 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.013 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 8 mg
Potassium (3%) 148 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.48 g

The good thing about this fruit is that is has a good calcium to phosphorus ratio for bearded dragons.

We also notice it is quite sweet and has a decent amount of acidic content.

Therefore what this means is that bearded dragons should not be eating grapefruit as they are too sweet and acidic for them.

It may be find for a beardie to nibble on this fruit a little but you should definitely not be feeding this fruit to them.

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