Food & Diet

Bearded dragons are omnivorous and will eat both insects and vegetables. Adult dragons will also eat pinky mice, baby lizardsĀ and anything else they find tasty. They tend to do best on a varied diet based primarily of vegetables.

Vegetables
Bearded dragons will need their greens chopped up. The smaller the reptile the more finely chopped. A good mix of vegetables for these lizards are raw shredded carrots, collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, kale, and frozen vegetables like carrots, peas, and beans.

You should avoid spinach and broccoli because too much can be harmful. They also like green leaf and romaine lettuce but these should be used sparingly due to the limited nutritional value.

Vegetables should be fed to your animal daily. All these foods are easily attained in the produce section of your local grocery store.

Insects
Common insects available for reptiles are crickets, mealworms, superworms, and wax worms. Bearded dragons will usually eat all types of insects and insects should be a part of your pet’s diet every other day.

The insects should be gut loaded before feeding them to your pet. Gut loading is just feeding the insects a nutritious meal before giving them to your bearded dragon. This way they pass along the nutrients to your lizard. There are many commercially available cricket and insect diets for gut loading.

Dietary supplements
Your pet bearded dragon will need a calcium and vitamin D3 supplement. If your lizard is lacking D3 and calcium it can get metabolic bone disease which can be fatal.

The supplement will come in a powder form which you can sprinkle on the vegetables or coat the insects. The easiest way to coat insects is to place them in a bag or cup and shake them around.

You should add the supplement to your adult dragon’s diet about once a week. Breeding females, babies, and juveniles will need them more often.

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