can bearded dragons eat dates

Can Bearded Dragons eat Dates?

Dates are one of the very oldest cultivated fruits and they are even believed to be a part of the diet of the people of Babylon over 8000 years ago. They are grown in Israel and North Africa and range in colour from brown, red, and honey yellow. They are available fresh or dried and they have a sweet taste that has a chewy texture.

So can bearded dragons eat dates 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. They also need a Calcium:phosphorus ratio of 1:1 – 2:1 as for every part Phosphorus there needs to be an equal measure or more of calcium in the food. This will help them.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,178 kJ (282 kcal)
Carbohydratesv75.03 g
Sugars 63.35 g
Dietary fiber 8 g
Fat 0.39 g
Proteinv2.45 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 6 μg
75 μg
Vitamin A 10 IU
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.052 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.066 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.274 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.589 mg
Vitamin B6 (13%) 0.165 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin E (0%) 0.05 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Calcium (4%) 39 mg
Iron (8%) 1.02 mg
Magnesium (12%) 43 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.262 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 62 mg
Potassium (14%) 656 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.29 mg
Other constituents
Water 20.53 g

source wikipedia

As you can see dates do not have a good ca:ph ratio which is not good. They are also quite acidic and quite sweet

Yes they can them very occasionally but nothing more than that because of their content. Fruit should make up a small portion of the bearded dragon’s diet and should be shredded into small pieces. Just one a month should suffice for your dragon.

Image I”Dattes deglet from Biskra” by M. Dhifallah – M. Dhifallah. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons