Can Bearded Dragons Eat

    Can Bearded Dragons Eat
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Can bearded dragons eat this? Find out what bearded dragons can and can not eat. Ranging from apples, oranges, bananas, carrots, grapes, and other fruits and vegetables… Remember to keep the fruit content to about 10% or less of your bearded dragons diet. They are mostly plant and insect eaters. Too much fruit can be bad and unhealthy for your bearded dragon.


You might see that some of these fruits contain lots of calcium and vitamin A, but none of these plants or fruits should be used as a replacement for dusting your insects. Dusting your insects is still required.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Apples?

Yes, occasionally. It is best if apples are fed in very small pieces and without the peel.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Asparagus?

Yes, occasionally. Asparagus has a good source of protein.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Avocado?

No. Avocado is very harmful and poisonous towards bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Bananas?

Yes, but rarely. Bananas are very high in phosphorous which will mess up your bearded dragons calcium absorption.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Basil?

Yes, basil is a good source of vitamin A and calcium. Dusting feeders is still necessary.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Beets?

Yes, occasionally. Beets are high in oxalates.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Bell Peppers?

Yes, occasionally. Bell Peppers have a great taste and supposedly enhances color.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Blackberries?

Yes, occasionally. Blackberries should be fed as a treat due to calcium to phosphorus ratio and oxalic acid but good source of vitamin C

Can Bearded Dragons eat Blueberries?

Yes, occasionally.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Broccoli?

Yes, occasionally. Broccoli is high in oxalates and goitrogens. Finely chop.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Brussel Sprouts?

Yes, occasionally. Brussels Sprouts are high in goitrogens. Finely chop them into small bite sized pieces.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Butternut Squash?

Yes, daily. Butternut Squash has great fiber. Remove the peel and core of the butternut squash.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Cabbage?

Yes, but rarely. Cabbage is high in Goitrogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Cactus Leaves?

Yes, daily. Cactus leaves are high in calcium. Finely chop them into bite sized pieces.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Carrots?

Yes, occasionally. Carrots contain a lot of Vitamin A which can cause vitamin A toxicity.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Cauliflower?

Yes, but rarely. Cauliflower contains goitrogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Celery?

Yes, occasionally. Make sure to cut up the celery in very fine pieces to help with digestion.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Chicken?

No. As it may be full of protein to us, it may not be as healthy to bearded dragons. Research has yet to prove if cooked chicken is a good item to feed to bearded dragons. Raw chicken will definitely have its risks of getting your bearded dragon sick as well. (salmonella)

Can Bearded Dragons eat Chicory Greens (escarole)?

Yes, daily. Better when mixed with other greens. Chicory Greens are very high in calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Corn?

Yes, but rarely. Try to stay away from corn if you can.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Collared Greens?

Yes, daily. Collared Greens are high in calcium and goitrogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Crickets?

Absolutely. Crickets will be the majority of every bearded dragons diet as it is a good staple feeder.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Cucumbers?

Yes, occasionally. Make sure to remove the peel off the cucumbers and to cut up the cucumbers in bite sized pieces. Also remove any sees you may find.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Dandelions?

Yes, daily. Dandelions have a good source of calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Dubia Roaches?

Absolutely. They are the best type of roach that you can feed to a bearded dragon. Dubia roaches are very high in protein.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Earthworms?

Yes, but rarely. I would stick more with the more traditional superworms, silkworms, and hornworms. Avoid buying earthworms from fish bait shops.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Eggs?

Yes, but rarely. Bearded dragons should only be fed boild eggs and only the white part of the egg.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Fish?

No. Not enough research has been done to prove if feeding fish to a bearded dragon is healthy or unhealthy.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Grapes?

Yes, occasionally. Peel off any skin and remove and seeds that you may find. This will help with digestion. Also, make sure to cut up the grapes into bite sized pieces.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Grasshoppers?

Yes, occasionally. Locusts are a better alternative though.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Green Beans?

Yes, daily. Finely chop the green beans before serving.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Hornworms?

Yes. Hornworms are great for hydrating bearded dragons. They are like huge waterbags. Hornworms do sometimes bite though. Be cautious.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Lettuce?

No. Lettuce has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever and will cause your bearded dragon to have diarrhea.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Locusts?

Yes, daily. Locusts have great protein.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Kale?

Yes, occasionally. Kale is high in calcium but high in goitrogens and oxalates as well.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Mealworms?

If you can, try to avoid feeding mealworms as they have a very hard chitin shell which is very difficult for bearded dragons to digest

Can Bearded Dragons eat Mice?

It is not recommended to feed your bearded dragon mice. There are many more nutritional foods to feed your bearded dragon.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Mushrooms?

No. Mushrooms may be toxic.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Mustard Greens?

Yes, daily. High in calcium, but also somewhat high in goitrogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Oranges?

No, it is recommended to avoid feeding your bearded dragon organes because of the high volume of citric acid. Avoid citrus fruits.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Parsley?

Yes, occasionally. Parsley does best when sprinkled in small amounts on top of other foods. It has a very attractive smell to bearded dragons. It is also high in calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Pears?

Yes, occasionally. Pears are high in Oxalates.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Peas?

Try avoiding feeding your bearded dragon peas, since it has a very high phosphorus to calcium ratio.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Phoenix Worms?

Yes, daily. Phoenix worms are very nutritional. Mainly for juveniles as it would be quite expensive to feed to adults.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Pineapple?

Yes, occasionally. Pineapple may be fed in very small amounts if the skin is peeled off and if it is cut up into very small pieces.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Plums?

Yes, occasionally. Peel off skin first and cut up into very small pieces.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Pumpkin?

Yes, occasionally. This should be fed as a treat though, as most people will feed their bearded dragons pumpkin on Halloween only. Remove all seeds and hard layers first.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Silkworms?

Absolutely! These are by far every reptiles owners favorite insect to feed. They are very nutritious and soft bodied which are easy to digest.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Spiders?

I would not recommend it. Try to avoid feeding your bearded dragon any spiders as they may be poisonous or filled with pesticides.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Spinach?

No, you should never feed your bearded dragon spinach.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Strawberries?

Yes, occasionally. Strawberries are high in oxalates and goitogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Superworms?

Yes. It is best to feed superworms to adult bearded dragons though. Try not to feed juveniles superworms until they reach adulthood.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Sweet Potatoes?

Yes, occasionally.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Tomatoes?

Yes, occasionally. Tomatoes are high in Oxalates. They are supposedly also great color enhancers.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Turnip Greens?

Yes, daily. Turnip Greens are very high in calcium. Also has some amounts of oxalates and goitrogens.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Watercress?

Yes, occasionally. Watercress is very high in calcium.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Watermelon?

Yes, occasionally. Watermelon will act more as a hydration benefactor than anything else. Barely has any nutritional value.

Can Bearded Dragons eat Waxworms?

As a treat, yes. Waxworms should not be fed as a staple feeder as they are very high in fat and have no nutritional value. Great for putting some weight on sick bearded dragons.

How much to feed a bearded dragon?

Fruits – 10% or less of your bearded dragons diet.

Vegetables – 30% of your bearded dragons diet as a juvenile. 60% of your bearded dragons diet as an adult.

Insects – 60% of your bearded dragons diet as a juvenile. 30% of your bearded dragons diet as an adult.


As a cautionary measure, you should always remove any skin or seeds that you may find in any fruit that you are about to feed to your bearded dragon.


Check out this bearded dragon diet sheet.

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  1. I have a question I can’t find it anywhere online. Can bearded dragons eat dragon fruit and if so what is a safe amount to feed them?

    • Hey Peter,
      Unfortunately dragon fruit is too acidic for them to eat. It’s also said to be very hard for them to digest. I would avoid feeding it to your bearded dragon.

  2. I,m trying to find out if my bearded dragon can eat plantain. we grow it for medicinal purposes but native americans used it in salad.

    • Hey Dennis,
      I can’t answer this, only because I am not sure. I wouldn’t want to give you incorrect advice. If you find the answer out, please report back your findings.

    • Hello Myria,
      Superworms do have the same chitin outer shell as mealworms. The significant difference is that superworms have a higher meat-to-chitin ratio (meaning they proportionally have less chitin) than mealworms, and therefore, are easier to digest.

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