Can Bearded Dragons Eat Coconut? (The Balanced Diet)

If you’re wondering if you can give your Bearded Dragon coconut, the answer is yes. They’re able to have coconut so long as you do proper research and take precautions before offering it to them.

Coconut can be a great treat to add to your Bearded Dragons diet so long as you feed it in moderation. It offers health benefits, for example, it is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, and magnesium.

There are potential risks such as the improper calcium-phosphorus ratio and the oxalate content. With the proper knowledge and preparation, you’ll be able to include coconut into your Bearded Dragons diet.

Health Benefits Of Feeding Bearded Dragons Coconut

Feeding coconut to your Bearded Dragon can provide many health benefits. Coconut is rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. 

Coconut is full of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, and magnesium. Coconut offers 34% of the daily recommended manganese. A trace mineral used by the body to maintain a healthy brain, nervous system, and immune system function.

Adding coconut into your Bearded Dragons diet as an occasional treat promotes a healthy appetite. The difference in flavor and texture will keep them interested in their meals and help combat fussy eaters.

Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Value Of Coconut (Per 45 Grams)
Calories160
Fat15g
Sodium9mg
Carbohydrates6.8g
Fiber4g
Sugars2.8g
Protein1.5g
Potassium160mg
Manganese0.68mg
Selenium4.5mcg
Source: USDA.GOV

Health Risks Of Feeding Bearded Dragons Coconut

Bearded Dragon Staring Into Camera

When introducing a new food into your Bearded Dragons diet you need to be aware of the potential risks it can pose. I recommend monitoring your pet beardie for at least 24 hours after adding new food to their diet in case of any adverse reactions.

Improper Calcium-Phosphorus Ratio

Having an improper balance of calcium to phosphorus can lead to diminished intestinal calcium absorption in Bearded Dragons and can lead to illnesses such as metabolic bone disease. 

The calcium-phosphorus ratio in coconuts is approximately 1:8. Bearded Dragons require a ratio of 1:1 at the minimum and ideally a ratio of 2:1 to promote healthy bone growth.

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Oxalate Quantity

Oxalates are naturally occurring compounds found in many food sources one of which being coconut. 

When oxalate is eaten in excess it can bind to essential minerals preventing your Bearded Dragon from being able to absorb them. This can lead to deficiencies and even kidney disease.

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Different Types Of Coconut

There are different types of coconut available and it’s important to know what ones you can feed your Bearded Dragon. The main three coconut items to feed your beardie are coconut milk, shredded coconut, and coconut oil.

Coconut Milk

Adding coconut milk is easy to add to your Bearded Dragons diet. It helps supply them with the energy they need to go about their daily life. 

A few important things to note when feeding your beardie coconut milk is to ensure it is at room temperature when given to them and to only offer it in moderation to prevent an upset stomach.

Always use coconut milk free from added sugars and preservatives.

Although coconut milk is a liquid it should never replace their fresh water bowl.

Shredded Coconut

Shredded coconut is a great treat to add to your Bearded Dragons diet. You need to ensure you’re using organic and unsweetened coconut when feeding to avoid any added sugars and preservatives.

In my experience Bearded Dragons get a bit excited when being fed shredded coconut so I recommend feeding by hand or with tweezers to prevent them from swallowing too much at once and choking.

When offering food to your Bearded Dragon, the food item always needs to be no bigger than the gap between their eyes.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another good form of coconut to add to your Bearded Dragons diet. It’s a source of medium-chain fatty acids this provides energy and protein breakdown synthesis ensuring a smoother digestion.

I recommend adding one to two drops of coconut oil into one meal per week to offer maximum benefits and prevent overfeeding.

How To Feed Your Bearded Dragon Coconut

It’s important to know how to feed your Bearded Dragon coconut because as I’ve mentioned earlier it can pose health risks such as choking, metabolic bone disease, and kidney disease if done incorrectly.

Preparing Coconut

When preparing your Bearded Dragons coconut it’s important to always use fresh and organic coconuts. This is better for their health as there are no added sugars or preservatives.

  1. Wash coconut with water
  2. Cut open
  3. Remove shell, skin, and husk
  4. Wash again
  5. Cut to size
  6. Feed your Bearded Dragon

Preparing Coconut Milk

To prepare coconut milk, all you need to do is ensure it’s unsweetened and an organic and preservative-free brand.

Preparing Coconut Oil

When purchasing coconut oil for your Bearded Dragon, follow this checklist to ensure the product is free of dangerous contaminants.

  • Organic
  • Cold-pressed
  • Unrefined

Feeding Frequency

As I have mentioned a number of times throughout this article, coconut should only be fed to your Bearded Dragon in moderation. I work on the rule of “little is more”.

I recommend only adding coconut into your Bearded Dragons diet one meal per week.

Important Notice: Never force-feed your Bearded Dragon because you think they need specific foods. If they don’t want to eat it, it probably means they don’t like it.

Quantity

The amount per serving is also important to keep on top of, I recommend when using coconut only use a leveled teaspoon amount. 

Coconut milk should be offered in a shallow dish, and again only offer as much that will fit on a teaspoon.

Coconut oil only needs one to two drops added to a meal.

FAQs

Can Bearded Dragons Have Coconut Water?

Yes, Bearded Dragons can have coconut water. It is important to remember, even though it is called water, it shouldn’t replace your beardies fresh water dish in the enclosure. Bearded Dragons need a constant supply of fresh water.

Can I Put Coconut Oil On My Bearded Dragon?

Yes, you can put coconut oil on your Bearded Dragons body. It has numerous health benefits, it has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. 

The most common use of coconut oil is to help your Bearded Dragon’s shedding process. It helps loosen the skin and combat any stuck shed.

Another useful method to combat stuck sheds is misting Bearded Dragons.

Summary

Although Bearded Dragons can eat coconut, it’s important to remember the considerations before adding new foods to their diet.

Coconut has nutritional benefits but these don’t come without risks. Prepare the coconut correctly and monitor your Bearded Dragon when feeding it to them.