Bearded Dragons are omnivores, which means that they eat meaty things as well as plants (in this case, insects). You will want to feed a mixture of crickets, other insects, leafy greens and veggies.
Juvenile bearded dragons should not be fed a lot of crunchy bugs, since the exoskeletons can cause digestive problems.
What Kind of Bugs Can I Feed My Bearded Dragons?
- molted mealworms
Juveniles will need to eat more bugs than adults, and they will need to eat them when the tank is warm – warmth is important for digestion. Only feed them as many bugs as they’ll eat in ten minutes, twice per day, and the insects should be fed highly nutritious food themselves that will benefit your lizard. Any insects that don’t get eaten need to be removed from the enclosure!
Baby bearded dragons need a lot more protein than adults – about 70% of their diet should be made of protein. Adult dragons will need 80% fruits and vegetables with 20% protein. Make sure to supplement your beardies’ meals with some calcium or silkworms, since they’re just loaded with the stuff.
Be very careful with feeding insects from the wild! They could be contaminated with pesticides!
What About Leafy Greens and Veggies Again?
- cactus leaf or pad
- collard greens
- dandelion greens
- green beans
- mustard greens
- turnip greens
- … and more!
Greens, fruits and veggies should make up about 30% of your bearded dragon’s diet and can be provided as a salad or, if you like, greens can be clipped to your lizard’s enclosure. Prepare any of the following for your bearded dragon – they’ll appreciate it!
I Found This Great-Looking Feed At A Pet Store…
Commercially-prepared diets should not be your bearded dragon’s only food. Give them variety, with fresh food being the absolute best, and only provide commercial diets as an occasional thing. Maybe a treat.
Treats are key to variety, but because of low nutritional value should not become more than an occasional thing. Good treats include:
- pink (baby) mice
- wax worms
- cockroaches (one large cockroach can replace one cricket feeding)
Foods To Avoid
Don’t feed your bearded dragons the following:
- iceberg lettuce
- acidic fruits and vegetables
Lettuce is nutritionally empty for them and can cause diarrhea; avocado is toxic for birds, it’s not known what their impact is on beardies and rhubarb is toxic to bearded dragons.
In the wild, bearded dragons get their water by licking dew from plants. In captivity, they can get water from the fruits you feed them (which you rinse), or you can mist their cage.
Be sure to provide your bearded dragon with a varied diet. Why is this important? It makes sure that they are getting all of the nutrition that they need and that they are not missing out on anything. A beardie that has a varied diet is a happy, healthy beardie!==>
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