can bearded dragons eat gooseberries

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Gooseberries?

Gooseberries are a round berry that is red or yellow-green in color. It has a thin skin that is translucent and hairy. It is native to west and southeast Asia, north west Africa and Europe. They are the fruit of the bush of the same name and are used in many culinary situations most notably in desserts such as pies, tarts and fools.

They have quite a sour taste if they are eaten raw which is why they are usually cooked before eating.

So can bearded dragons eat gooseberries?

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 184 kJ (44 kcal)
10.18 g
Dietary fiber 4.3 g
0.58 g
0.88 g
Vitamin A equiv. (2%) 15 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.03 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.3 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.286 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 6 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.7 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.37 mg
Calcium (3%) 25 mg
Iron (2%) 0.31 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.144 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 27 mg
Potassium (4%) 198 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.12 mg
Other constituents
Water 87.87 g

source wikipedia

As you can see gooseberries contain a little acidic content and their calcium:phosphorus ratio is fine. However, they do contain a lot of water in them.


This means that they are not good to purposely feed to bearded dragon as they will bloat them. If they happen to eat one, they should be fine but there are far better foods to feed to them.

Gooseberries should be avoided.


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