Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

Often the summer calls for less food and high snacking.  And what can be a better way to replace your unhealthy snacks with something fresh juicy and refreshing at the same time? Yes. We are talking about our guilt-free summer food – watermelons. Even their thought gives a fresh wave of breeze in the head – so cooling, hydrating, and refreshing. 

So have you ever wondered – Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons? If so, the simple answer to this question is Yes! Absolutely! Your little Beards can munch on this watery, juicy, and crispy delight in the sweaty season of summer.

But before you leave midway, don’t forget to read on further to know the terms and conditions, coming free with this juicy fruit! Red is not only the color of love, but it also alarms us in case of danger. 

Before coming to the disclaimers directly, let us first find out what watermelons are – the nutritional values they hold for us, and the benefits and risks associated with them.

About Watermelons

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

Watermelons are foods available in the fruit kingdom. They belong to a family called Cucurbitaceae. This is the same plant family as cucumbers and squashes. Watermelons are large fruits that are pretty thick and usually round in texture. Their outer layer is green, and the fruity flesh inside is generally red.

The red fruit is very juicy, watery, and crispy. They can be found in many varieties like seedless and/or with seeds. They are popular in the summer. And makes for a very healthy and exceptionally refreshing snack. Since they are deficient in calories, they have innumerable health benefits.

Types Of Watermelons

There are more than 1000 varieties of watermelons available in the market. Some of the common ones are – Seedless Watermelons, Seeded Watermelons, Miniature Watermelons, and Orange Or Yellow Watermelons.

Other varieties of watermelons are:

Bijou Watermelons, Captivation Watermelons, Kingman Watermelons, Citation Watermelons, Cut Above Watermelons, Harvest Moon Watermelons, Sweet Polly Watermelons, Traveller Watermelons, Triple Treat Watermelons, All Sweet Watermelons, Charleston Grey Watermelons, and more.

Nutritional Facts of Watermelons

Watermelons are highly loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a serving of 100 (3.5 oz) watermelons contains the following nutritional value:

IngredientsNutritional Value
Energy ( Calories)127 KJ (30 Kcal)
Carbohydrates7.55 gm
Sugars6.2 gm
Protein0.61 gm
Dietary Fibre0.4 gm
Total Lipid Fat0.15 gm
Saturated Fat0 gm
Polyunsaturated Fats0.1 gm
Monounsaturated Fats0 gm
Cholesterol0 gm

Apart from the above, as per the USDA, other essential Vitamins present in 100 (3.5 oz) watermelons are:

IngredientsNutritional Value
Vitamin A equivalent28 mcg
Beta – Carotene303 mcg
Vitamin C8.1 mg
Thiamine ( Vit. B1)0.033 mg
Riboflavin ( Vit. B2)0.021 mg
Niacin (Vit. B3)0.178 mg
Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5)0.221 mg
Vitamin B60.045 mg
Choline4.1 mg
Vitamin D ( D2+3)0 mcg
Vitamin E0.05 mg
Vitamin K0.1 mcg

According to the USDA, other essential Minerals present in 100 (3.5 oz) watermelons are:

MineralsNutritional Value
Magnesium10 mg
Calcium7 mg
Sodium1 mg
Phosphorus11 mg
Zinc0.1 mg
Iron0.24 mg

Other constituents present in a 100 (3.5 oz) serving of watermelon are:

Other ConstituentsNutritional Value
Water91.45 gms
Lycopene4532 mcg

Apart from these, watermelons also contain copper and the amino acid Citrulline.

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Benefits of Watermelons

There are immense health benefits to eating watermelons. Watermelons help lower blood pressure levels. It also helps reduce insulin resistance. Watermelons help in reducing muscle soreness after exercise. 

Watermelons contain essential nutrients and plant compounds. The water content present in watermelons helps you keep well hydrated and improves your digestive issues. Vitamin C helps prevent the cells from being damaged by free radicals. Your body converts the carotenoids present in the watermelons to vitamin A. 

Cucurbitacin E present in watermelons is a plant compound with Antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Watermelons improve your heart health and also aid in preventing cancer. 

Watermelons also aid in lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. It may also help in preventing macular degeneration.

Watermelon also supports good skin and benefits your hair as well.

Risks Associated With Watermelons

No matter how densely nutritional a portion of food is, with the good comes some evil effects. The same is the case with watermelons!
This fruity delight may not go well with some people and may cause them oral allergies – like an itchy mouth and throat, swelling of lips, mouth and tongue, throat and ears.

The presence of Fructose in high amounts in watermelons can cause some unpleasant digestive issues as well. The symptoms might be bloating, gas, constipation, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.
People having symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) should avoid watermelons.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

As we have already discussed, Yes! Your Bearded Dragons can snack on these red delights happily. Bearded Dragons love red-colored fruits. They love anything soft, sweet, red, and with a smooth texture. 

But watermelons are not very nutrient-dense. This makes them less beneficial in comparison to the other fruits and leafy greens. Since the water, sugars, fruit acids, and phosphorus are high in watermelons, it is better to serve them only as a treat, i.e., occasionally.

How Often Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelons?

As we can see from the chart of nutritional value, watermelons do not appeal much. The unbalanced calcium-to-phosphorus ratio makes it less beneficial for your little Beardies. 

Watermelons can only be fed in moderation and that too occasionally. Small pieces once a week as a salad topper are enough to make him feel loved.

Watermelons make for a nice treat only, but they do not qualify for a regular diet.

How to Serve Watermelons to Your Bearded Dragons?

It would help if you always served an organic, fresh, ripe, and seedless watermelon to your Beardies. Remove its rind, cut or slice finely and thinly into bite-sized pieces, and serve it on a shallow plate as a salad topper above the leafy greens and vegetables to encourage him to eat his other nutrient-dense foods.

Why can’t Bearded Dragons eat watermelons daily?

Too much of anything might be poisonous. The same goes for watermelons. Therefore, feeding daily is out of the question. It is better to restrict a small piece of watermelon monthly due to the following concerns.

  1. Large amounts of sugar may result in obesity and other health concerns like diabetes, tooth and gum decay, liver problems, and bone issues.
  2. Calcium depletion – since watermelons have a low amount of calcium and an unbalanced Calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, it doesn’t qualify for a regular diet.
  3. Digestive issues – since watermelons are high in water content, small pieces may keep them well hydrated, but large quantities daily may result in diarrhea and dehydration.

Benefits of Watermelons for your Bearded Dragons?

Watermelons can indeed give a boost to your Beardie’s health.

  • Vitamin C and beta–carotene helps strengthen a healthy and robust immune system, vision, growth, reproduction, and skin health.
  • Magnesium aids metabolism and prevents inflammation.
  • Potassium regulates blood pressure levels.
  • The most significant advantage of watermelons is that your Beardies love them. So even if they might not be rich in nutrition themselves, if you serve them as a salad topper, they might entice your Beardie to have his leafy greens. 

The Risk Associated With Watermelons for Your Bearded Dragons

Though watermelons are all safe to eat, they can result in some severe health risks for your little Beardies if overfed.

  • High sugar content in watermelon can result in obesity and severe health issues like the decay of teeth and gums, inappetence, plaque, and build-up of tartar if eaten daily. Teeth are rooted to the jaws directly. Hence, tooth decay can result in issues with their bones, further resulting in pain and inflammation.
  • Digestive issues such as obesity, diarrhea, and dehydration can occur if your little Beardies overfeed watermelons.
  • Disproportionate Calcium to Phosphorus Ratio can result in MBD. Your little Beardie needs a good amount of calcium to keep healthy and keep going. But Phosphorus present in watermelons combines with calcium and thus prevents it from being absorbed into your little Dragon’s bloodstream. If phosphorus is consumed in a large quantity, your Bearded Dragon can develop a life-risking symptom- i.e., Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD). If MBD is left untreated, it can paralyze and even kill your little Dragons. Watermelons do contain calcium as well. But in proportion to Phosphorus, they are pretty much negligible. To prevent MBD, your little Beardie’s diet must contain calcium and phosphorus in a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1 to be on the safer side.
  • Choking due to large pieces of watermelons and their seeds can be a risky affair.
  • A high quantity of Vitamin A may lead to toxicity.
  • Low calcium calls for an additional calcium supplement. Calcium is an essential nutrient of your little Beardie’s diet. Lack of calcium may result in MBD. MBD affects your Beardie’s bones and can result in symptoms like lack of sleep and appetite, paralysis, and much more.

Hence, don’t fill your Beardie’s tummy with something that is not needed. Sometimes a little is more than enough.

Precautions While Serving Watermelons To Bearded Dragons

While watermelons are safe for your little Beardie, you must still take some necessary precautions while feeding him. 

Always wash the outer skin of watermelons thoroughly as they may have particles of dirt and debris. Try to go for organic watermelons to avoid the risks of pesticides and herbicides.  Before serving the watermelons to your little Beardies, be careful to remove their seeds as it can cause your Beardie a gut impaction and block his digestive tract.

 And chop the watermelon as fine as possible to avoid choking. Apart from the soft red part, Beardioes can also have the white part and rind, but they might be hard to chew for them. 

Most importantly, before trying or adding any new food to your Beardie’s diet, always consult his Vet for guidelines and guidance, if any. If you get a green signal, introduce the food as a treat. Check onto your Beardie while he is having his food. If he is reluctant to have it, do not force him to consume it. Monitor his activities for 24 hours after the introduction of any new food. 

In case of any adverse reaction or symptom, consult your Dragon’s vet ASAP.

Can Watermelons be harmful to your Bearded Dragons?

Yes. If overfed or fed too often, watermelons may pose a threat to your Beardies. Since watermelons are very rich in water content but are a poor source of fiber and contain a decent amount of sugar, they may result in various health issues, including obesity, tooth decay, diarrhea, and dehydration.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon Rind?

Yes! Since the watermelon rind has more nutritional value than the red fruit, your Beardies can be given the rind. But many Beardies don’t like its taste, and if they were given a choice, they might preferably switch.

Can Bearded Dragons Drink Watermelon Juice?

No. Your little Beardie cannot drink watermelon juice. Since the store-bought fruit juices are high in sugars and additional preservatives, they can lead to obesity and other health issues for your little Beardie. Thus, it is not a good idea to serve them market juices.

But, if you decide to give your little Dragon some natural fruit juice, you may dilute it with some water first. Or you may also squeeze the juice out of the watermelon flesh directly and pour it onto your Beardie’s salad- to entice him to eat his nutritious vegetables.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon Seeds?

No. Avoid giving watermelon seeds to your Beardies. Since they are small and slippery, they might choke your Beardie. Though the white seeds are easy to consume, it is better to avoid them altogether. Seeds are also rough in texture, so they can cause some digestive issues to your little Beardie if eaten.

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Watermelon Jelly?

No. Your little Beardies cannot consume watermelon jelly ever. Since jellies contain a high amount of sugars and preservatives, they might result in some alarming risks for your Bearded Dragons. Your little Beardies may find the jellies difficult to digest, which in turn might affect your little Dragon’s digestive system with severe symptoms of poisoning, gut impaction, and other health issues. Hence, it is better to keep these processed foods away from your Dragons.

So we may now conclude that your little Beardies can have watermelons but in moderation. Fruits are delicious and fun. But only if they are given as a treat. Do not overdo them in your little Beardie’s diet ever. Especially in the case of watermelons. 

Though watermelons themselves might not be of great benefit to your Beardies, it indeed comes as an advantage if you serve them with other nutritional vegetables and leafy greens. It is always advised to serve the fruit in its natural form and not processed form.

In a state of confusion, it is always recommended to consult your Beardie’s Vet. As there is a difference between the captive and the wild Bearded Dragons, your Dragon’s Vet may guide you the best for your little Beardie’s diet.

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