can bearded dragons eat cranberries

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cranberries?

Cranberries are a small red berry that is famed for its use in Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. It comes from a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines in the genus Vaccinium.

They are cultivated widely in the United States, Canada and UK.

They are hard and bitter berries, and are mostly processed and used to make Cranberry sauce or juice. They can also be found sweetened or dried.

Can bearded dragons eat cranberries?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, calcium, phosphorus, water, protein, fat, sugar, and fibre content is of most interest when it comes to bearded dragons.

Another thing of importance is the calcium:phosphorus ratio as for every part phosphorus, there needs to be another part calcium if not more. From 1:1 to 2:1 is ideal as far as bearded dragons are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kcal (190 kJ)
Carbohydrates
12.2 g
Sugars 4.04 g
Dietary fiber 4.6 g
Fat 0.13 g
Protein 0.39 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 3 μg
(0%) 36 μg
91 μg
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.101 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.295 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.057 mg
Folate (B9) (0%) 1 μg
Vitamin C (16%) 13.3 mg
Vitamin E (8%) 1.2 mg
Vitamin K (5%) 5.1 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 8 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Manganese (17%) 0.36 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 13 mg
Potassium (2%) 85 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Other constituents
Water 87.13 g

source wikipedia

As you can see cranberries have a lot of water content. They also have a disproportionate calcium:phosphorus ratio and a little acidic content.

This means that they can eat cranberries as an occasional treat and in small amounts due to their water content and phosphorus content.

One or two at a time should suffice as too many will hurt them. So do take care when feeding them.

Image “Cranberry bog” by Photo by Keith Weller – Image Number K4414-14 ( http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/k4414-14.htm ). Licensed under Public Domain via Commons

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