Bearded Dragon Diet

Bearded Dragon Diet, photo by 3n

Bearded Dragon Diet, photo by 3n

What vegetables can bearded dragons eat? What fruits can bearded dragons eat? How much to feed bearded dragon? The best bearded dragon diet explained!

Baby Bearded Dragon

When your bearded dragon is a baby, you are going to want to feed it primarily insects, with a bit of vegetables as well. The ratio should be about 70% insects and 30% vegetables. Don’t be alarmed if your baby bearded dragon doesn’t eat vegetables right away, it may take a while.

Adult Bearded Dragon

As adults, you are going to want to feed your bearded dragon primarily vegetables with a bit of insects. If you bearded dragon is still not eating vegetables at this stage… try mixing the insects in with the vegetables in a small bowl. This is how I sometimes get my bearded dragons to eat the vegetables.

 

What Vegetables can Bearded Dragons eat?

What Fruits can Bearded Dragons eat?

What Insects can Bearded Dragons eat?

Staple
Butternut SquashCactus Pads

Collard Greens

Dandelion Greens

Green Acorn Squash

Mustard Greens

Kabocha Squash

Tunip Greens (not the root)

Yuca Root

 

Occasionally

Bok Choy

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots (mashed)

Celery (chopped up)

Cucumbers

Green Beans

Kale

Zuchini

Sweet Potatoes

 

Never – stay away

Beet Greens

Iceberg Lettuce

Spinach

Occasionally
ApplesApricot

Bananas

Cantelope

Figs

Grapes

Melon

Papaya

Peaches

Pears

Plums

Strawberries

Tomatoes

 

Never

Avocado

Kiwi

Pomegranate

Starfruit

Staple

Crickets

Discoid Roaches

Dubia Roaches

Phoenix Worms

Repti Worms

Silkworms

Superworms (for adults)

 

Ocassionally

Hornworms

Butter Worms

Waxworms

 

 

Fruits should only be fed occasionally. Fruits should only be making up 10% or less of your bearded dragons diet. When feeding fruit, make sure you cut up the fruit into very small pieces to allow your bearded dragon to eat and swallow easily.

 

When feeding fruits and vegetables, make sure to peel off any skin that you see. You must also remove any seeds that you find.

Commercial Food Diet

Commercial food diets are not considered to be staple foods for bearded dragons. If you are scared of insects and think this may be an alternative to your issue, you are wrong. Commercial food diets are only meant to add a little more variety to your bearded dragons diet. What we like to do is mix it in with our salads that we prepare for our bearded dragons so that our salads can have a little more nutritional value. We also feed our bearded dragons the commercial food if we run out of insects for the day.

How Much to Feed Bearded Dragon

This question gets asked a lot and there areĀ a lot of answers to this question. So I am just going to give you my two cents on this matter…

  • Baby (0-6 months) Feed 2-3 times a day, as many insects as he can eat in 10 minutes.
  • Juvenile (6-10 months) 1-2 times a day, as many insects as he can eat in 10 minutes.
  • Sub-adult (10-14 months) 1 time a day, as many insects as he can eat in 10 minutes. . .
  • Adult (over 14 months) You may feed your bearded dragon as much as he can eat in 15 minutes (every other day). It will usually be about 60 crickets a week.

Supplements

Supplementation is very important in regards to your bearded dragons health. Without proper supplementation, health issues may arise such as the most common disease (Metabolic Bone Disease).

 

There are three primary supplements that you will be needing:

  1. Calcium with no D3 – Dust your feeders with this every other feeding.
  2. Calcium with D3 – Dust your feeders with this 3 times a month.
  3. Multivitamins – Dust your feeders with this 3 times a month as well.

It is very important that you do not overdose your bearded dragon with these supplements, so do not just dust the feeders with which ever one you feel like using that day. Follow a schedule and stick to it. Overdosing a supplement can be extremely dangerous.

 

Also, try to stay away from the supplements that are like a 3 and 1, meaning a supplement that has all 3 supplements in one. These are usually not good and should be avoided.

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