Food For Bearded Dragons Chart

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We know that finding the best food for bearded dragons can be a hard task with all of the available options that are out there. In this chart, we’ve put together an easy-to-read list that breaks down all of the foods we recommend, how much to feed and when to feed it. We hope this can help you make better decisions about what foods are right for your particular dragon!

Food For Bearded Dragons Chart

At first glance a Bearded Dragon’s diet can seem complicated. In the wild these lizards are omnivores and eat a mixture of insects, vegetables and fruits.

A pet Beardie should be fed a variety of foods to make sure they are heathy. In addition to feeding a variety of foods juveniles and babies should be fed different diets – it is important to change a Bearded Dragon’s diet as they grow. Their diet can seem complicated, but even first time reptile owners can easily master their nutrition. This article will explain everything you need to know about feeding bearded dragons. We even have a ready to go feeding chart for you to follow, so keep reading…

The following list of insects, vegetables and fruits are good choices to include in your bearded dragon’s diet:

  • Dubia roaches, earthworms, crickets and superworms.
  • Apples, blueberries, peaches, strawberries and watermelon.
  • Cabbage, carrots, collard greens, kale, pumpkin and sweet potato.

Dubia roaches are very high in protein and are easy to digest so they make an excellent addition to a bearded dragon diet. Crickets and superworms can also be fed for variety but are not as easily digestible.

You should feed lots of leafy greens such as collard greens, dandelion greens, and kale. These greens are high in calcium and are nutrient dense.

A small amount of fruits can be added to their intake but it is important not to overfeed them as they are high in sugars.

Bearded Dragons Food List
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Kale
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Crickets
  • Dubia roaches
  • Earthworms
  • Mealworms (only adults)

What Fruit Can Bearded Dragons Eat?

Fruits are an important part of bearded dragon diets. They provide many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients not readily found in other foods. The following fruits are good options to feed your bearded dragon:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

You should only feed your bearded dragon fruits occasionally and use them as treats.

Bearded Dragon Diet Guide

Adult Bearded Dragons should be fed once a day however baby bearded dragons will need to be fed more often than older beardies. Bearded Dragons can eat a wide range of live food such as crickets, mealworms and kingworms; vegetables such as sweet potato and pepper and leafy greens such as kale and parsley . They can also eat limited amounts of fruit.

Our food list below provides detail on the meat, veg, greens, fruit and weeds they can eat

In the wild, Bearded Dragons mainly eat animals, they make up about 75% of their diet and can include crickets, cockroaches, worms and even small creatures such as mice however mice aren’t fed to bearded dragons kept as pets.

Greens, vegetables and limited fruit make up the other 20% to 25% of their diet.

Your Bearded Dragon’s diet should replicate what he or she would eat in the wild. It should include meat, vegetables, fruit, greens and weeds.

However, as your Beardie gets older, you’ll need to reduce the amount of meat they’re eating, as they won’t be getting as much exercise as their cousins. Too much meat can lead to obesity.

Our Bearded Dragon food list tells you what is safe to include in your Beardie’s diet including how much and how often you can feed your Beardie. You can easily purchase live food from a wide variety of pet stores such as Northampton Reptile Centre who offer an online shop.

The right diet forms an important part of your Bearded Dragon’s care, as does the correct setup.

Our food list tells you what fruit your Beardie can eat:

 

  • Figs
  • Watermelon
  • Apples
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Dates
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Guava
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Apricots

Exotic vet John Chitty recommends that owners exercise caution when feeding soft fruit as it is sugary and can ferment and cause teeth problems. Therefore soft fruit like kiwi is best fed about once a month as part of a fixed diet that includes fibrous veg.

What to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Feeding your Bearded Dragon

As any responsible reptile owner knows: one does not simply feed a Bearded Dragon by stuffing anything that moves down its throat.

Dragons might look rough, tough and rugged, but they are actually sensitive creatures that can react to their environment in various ways.

What must I feed my Bearded Dragon?

In a nutshell? Protein. And no, we are NOT talking about lamb chops! Dragons love mealworms, crickets, wood cockroaches, silkworms, black soldier fly larvae… It’s no fun being a critter in a dragon’s world.

Here’s the interesting thing, though – dragons are omnivores and quite healthy eaters, and they love variety. So balance their protein needs with some fresh fruit and veggies daily.

If your dragon is more than a year old, the ratio can be 40% protein, 60% veggies & fruit. Less than a year old they should have 80% protein, 20% veggies & fruit.

Healthy options include:

  • Greens like kale, parsley, zucchini and beans.
  • Papaya – remove the seeds, and shred or chop the fruit finely.
  • Figs – the calcium and fibre in figs are good for dragons, but make it a once-a-week treat.
  • Broccoli – but ONLY in moderation, and finely chopped. Too much can suppress thyroid function – so if you’re not sure, rather don’t use it.
  • Endive – a great source of calcium, and not harmful to dragons – make it a diet staple. Shred and serve with collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens!
  • Carrots – grate them up finely!

Bearded Dragons need a calcium and multivitamin supplement added to their food. For dragons under a year, give calcium five times a week, and the multivitamin twice a week. For older dragons, twice a week for both supplements is fine.

You can also mix in commercial Bearded Dragon food into your dragon’s salad to improve it’s nutritional content.

And remember – Bearded Dragons need water, even though they come from a dry environment. Methods include misting them gently about 2 to 4 times a day (do it from above, so that the mist comes down on them like light rain), or dripping water on their nose until they’re done drinking.

How much must I feed my Bearded Dragon?

It is important to do your research carefully, in order not to overfeed your dragon. You don’t want it to get fat!

As we’ve seen above, certain foods (such as broccoli and kiwi fruit) are healthy for occasional snacking, while other kinds are fine for everyday feeding.

Some tips:

  • Too many mealworms can cause your dragon to gain too much weight – and their hard shells can also cause impaction, so watch this carefully. Avoid giving them to younger dragons.
  • Before feeding crickets to your dragon, let the crickets eat a Kellyville Pets gut load for their final meal – this makes them a healthier meal for your dragon.

Remember: size matters to dragons, so don’t try to feed your tiny hatchling a too big insect – it can only cause problems. The rule of thumb here is that the insect’s size should be as small as the distance between the Bearded Dragon’s eyes. Adapt your dragon’s diet as he gets older, keeping in mind his size, energy and calcium needs.

Which foods are dangerous for Bearded Dragons?

Avoid feeding your Bearded Dragon the following:

  • Rhubarb
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce – it has very little nutritional value, and can cause diarrhoea.
  • Beet tops and spinach both contain calcium-binding chemicals that inhibit calcium uptake in dragons.

For more information, watch our video on feeding your Bearded Dragons here. k

Fruits & Vegetables to Feed Your Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons have a reputation for eating a LOT!  They can eat you out of house and home as bug-hungry babies. But as they grow older, they need less protein for fueling rapid growth and more nutrient-packed bearded dragon vegetables for maintenance, which means that feeding them gets cheaper. Whew.

Now more than ever, never trust the pet store’s opinion on bearded dragon vegetables, fruits, or feeding in general. As much as we wish otherwise, employees have a lot of animals to keep track of, and Following their advice will more than likely have your dragon eating the reptile equivalent of popcorn and TV dinners.

Just as each bearded dragon has its own personality, it will also have its own favorite and least favorite foods. So if one thing doesn’t work, try something else. It’s all part of the fun!

Vegetables

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75-80% of an adult dragon’s diet should be vegetables. If you’re feeding a juvenile, a daily salad will suffice. Since bearded dragons are omnivores like humans, they need a variety. Feeding a variety of veggies gives your dragon a good balance of the nutrients s/he needs to keep bones healthy and immune system going strong. Fortunately, the list of dragon-safe vegetables is a long one.

Staples:

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Cactus pads
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Endive
  • Escarole
  • Kale (a recent study revealed that it is not high in oxalates after all!)
  • Mustard greens
  • Oak choy
  • Turnip greens
  • Swiss chard

Mixers (to be fed occasionally):

  • Artichoke heart
  • Basil
  • Bell pepper
  • Carnations
  • Cilantro
  • Carrot greens
  • Cucumber, peeled
  • Carrot, grated raw
  • Clover (pesticide- and herbicide-free)
  • Mint leaves
  • Parsley
  • Rose petals
  • Squash, raw
  • Yam, grated raw

Poison:

  • Avocado
  • Onion

Vegetables should be sliced into thin, bite-sized pieces than your beardie can grab with his/her tongue. Wet or slimy vegetables like cucumber and cactus may frustrate your dragon since these don’t stick to tongues very well. You can hand-feed these to him/her, but your dragon may accidentally bite you in the effort to get it.

Some people like to feed their dragons spinach, kale, or lettuce. Lettuce – yes, even romaine – is essentially water in vegetable form, with no value except in giving your beardie diarrhea. If your dragon is severely dehydrated or constipated, lettuce may be a temporary addition to the salad bowl. As for spinach, this contains calcium-binding substances (oxalates) that hurt rather than nourish your dragon. So don’t put those in his/her salad dish, please.

Fruits

Up to 10% of your beardie’s diet may consist of fruit. Fruits tend to have a higher water content and more sugar than vegetables, so they must be fed sparingly to prevent a laxative effect. They make excellent treats, however. My Nabooru goes wild for canteloupe.

Staples:

  • cactus fruit (aka prickly pear)

Mixers (to be fed occasionally):

  • Melon
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Peaches
  • Apples

Poison:

  • citrus
  • rhubarb

For an extensive list of bearded dragon vegetables, fruits, and associated nutrition facts, please visit www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition. It’s generally referred to in the reptile world as the Bearded Dragon Food Bible

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