can bearded dragons eat pumpkin

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is a fruit that is large and round with an orange-yellow color. Its ribbed skin is very thick and has a flesh which is of a similar orange color that is often used in culinary dishes both sweet and savory. At its center are a concentration of pulp and seeds.

Pumpkins come from North America and are grown widely for both food and recreation. It is used widely as a food in Thanksgiving celebrations and also as a decoration at Halloween.

So can bearded dragons eat pumpkin at all?

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 109 kJ (26 kcal)
Carbohydrates 6.5 g
Sugars 2.76 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 426 μg
(29%) 3100 μg
1500 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.05 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.11 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.298 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.061 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.44 mg
Vitamin K (1%) 1.1 μg
Calcium (2%) 21 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.125 mg
Phosphorus (6%) 44 mg
Potassium (7%) 340 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.32 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see pumpkin contains 1:2 ratio of calcium:phosphorus and quite a lot of acidic content. This is not great for bearded dragons.

On this basis, a few small pieces of a very occasional basis should be fine for them. A good size is the width between their eyes.

But they shouldn’t really be eating anymore than than that, due to its acidic and phosphorus content. They will enjoy it though, as with most foods.

Strip out the seeds, pulp and the skin before feeding it to them.


Image “Pumpkins” by Martin Doege (Morn), uploaded to English WP on 2003-08-21 – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Commons