Basket of fresh peaches

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches?

Whether it’s strawberries, pineapple, or bananas, bearded dragons love fruit, and peaches are no exception. Although they can’t eat fruit every day due to the sugar content, it’s a nutritious way to sweeten their diet and coax them to eat greens. Let’s take a closer look at the question: can bearded dragons eat peaches?

Yes, bearded dragons can eat peaches! In fact, peaches are typically one of the safer fruits for bearded dragons, although they can’t be eaten all the time. 

How Often Can Bearded Dragons Have Peaches? 

Since peaches have considerable nutritional value for people and bearded dragons alike, beardies can have peaches once a week. If your bearded dragon gobbles up some fresh, ripe peaches, he’ll enjoy the following benefits: 

  • Hydration boost from 88% water content
  • Improved digestion from fiber  
  • Strengthened immune system, vision, and growth thanks to Vitamins A and C
  • Healthy blood pressure, nervous system, and water retention from potassium

Luckily for bearded dragons, peaches are not considered a high-sugar fruit. So bearded dragons can eat more peaches than, say, kiwi, which contains quite a bit of sugar. 

Overall, peaches are an excellent choice for bearded dragons as a healthy and delicious salad topper or treat. Still, there are a couple reasons bearded dragons can’t eat them every day. 

Peaches growing on a peach tree

Why Bearded Dragons Can’t Eat Peaches All the Time 

Peaches contain goitrogens, and their calcium to phosphorus ratio is off balance, making them unsuitable in large quantities or more often than once a week. 

Goitrogens are compounds found in foods that can negatively impact a bearded dragon’s thyroid function. If your bearded dragon consumes a lot of food that is goitrogenic (high in goitrogens), her thyroid may become enlarged and begin malfunctioning. This can cause hormonal imbalances and related problems.

Phosphorus is a mineral that binds with calcium and prevents it from being absorbed into the dragon’s bloodstream. Calcium is vital for beardies’ health, so it’s important to know how much phosphorus is in the foods your bearded dragon eats. If a particular food has more phosphorus than calcium, it should be limited in your dragon’s diet (it’s also a good idea to dust it with calcium powder to help balance things out). 

Peaches have more phosphorus than calcium, so even though this fruit is beneficial enough to be fed on a weekly basis, you should not feed it more often than that. And your beardie can really only handle a few pieces of peach at a time. 

How Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peaches? 

Does your bearded dragon like fruit? She’ll probably love peaches. All you have to do is get some fresh, ripe peaches (not canned due to harmful preservatives), and follow these simple steps: 

  • Wash the peach thoroughly.
  • Remove the skin and pit since they present a choking hazard. 
  • Slice the peach into small pieces and feed them to your bearded dragon.

Toss together a salad of collard greens, bell peppers, carrots, and celery, and top it with some sweet peaches. Or offer peaches as a delicious dessert. Your choice!

If you have questions or feedback, we'd love to hear from you! Please email us at [email protected]

Back to blog
Closeup image of a bearded dragon's sharp claws or nails

How to Clip Your Bearded Dragon’s Nails in 5 Ea...

When you think about pet grooming, what comes to mind? Maybe a lap dog in a special chair getting a haircut?  Grooming might not be the first thing on your...

How to Clip Your Bearded Dragon’s Nails in 5 Ea...

When you think about pet grooming, what comes to mind? Maybe a lap dog in a special chair getting a haircut?  Grooming might not be the first thing on your...

Read More
Bulk Dubia roaches in an egg carton

How to Breed Dubia Roaches: Starting Your Dubia...

Dubia roach breeders can have some pretty interesting conversations.  “So, what do you do for fun?” “I have my own Dubia roach colony.” Long pause...  If you're interested in starting...

How to Breed Dubia Roaches: Starting Your Dubia...

Dubia roach breeders can have some pretty interesting conversations.  “So, what do you do for fun?” “I have my own Dubia roach colony.” Long pause...  If you're interested in starting...

Read More
Dubia roach vs cricket on a navy blue background

Dubia Roaches vs Crickets: Which Is the Better ...

When it comes to choosing a staple feeder insect, Dubia roaches and crickets tend to go head-to-head as the most popular options. Both offer essential nutrients for commonly kept reptiles,...

Dubia Roaches vs Crickets: Which Is the Better ...

When it comes to choosing a staple feeder insect, Dubia roaches and crickets tend to go head-to-head as the most popular options. Both offer essential nutrients for commonly kept reptiles,...

Read More
Bearded dragon hungry for wax worms

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Wax Worms?

Bearded dragons eat insects as part of their diet, and that includes worms. But not all worms are created nutritionally equal. Can bearded dragons eat wax worms? Are they good...

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Wax Worms?

Bearded dragons eat insects as part of their diet, and that includes worms. But not all worms are created nutritionally equal. Can bearded dragons eat wax worms? Are they good...

Read More
1 of 4