What to Feed and What Not to Feed Your Bearded Dragon

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Are you still not sure what bearded dragons eat? Bearded dragons are omnivores and they can eat both animal and plant matters. Although they will eat whatever you would provide them, know that some vegetables and insects are not healthy for them. Also, young bearded dragons have a different diet from adults. What You Should Feed Your Bearded Dragon:

 

Cricket

 

Although bearded dragons can eat just about any insect, many experts recommend crickets to be the first in the list of this animal’s diet. Crickets contain much needed moisture, protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You would want to gut load the crickets that you feed your pet, too. It means you would feed them some fruit and vegetable discards before letting your bearded dragon consume them. You would also want to dust them with the needed supplements for more nutritional benefits.

 

Roaches

 

Just like the cricket, roaches are popular foods for bearded dragons. Not all roaches are fed to bearded dragons though. The most recommended is the Blaptica dubia. You can buy them from the pet store or you can breed them yourself. Worms – There are different kinds of worms that you can give your bearded dragon. Some of which are mealworms, super worms, butter worms, earthworms, Phoenix worms and more.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

 

Most of the common greens and fruits given to bearded dragons are mango, papaya, cactus leaves, green beans, acorn squash, okra, sweet potato and many more.

 

Mice 

 

Pinkie mice are the best if you want to give your bearded dragon meat. Because it is expensive to buy them, many prefer breeding them on their own. What You Shouldn’t Feed Your Bearded Dragon

 

Lettuce

 

Lettuce is a very healthy vegetable for most herbivores and humans, too. However, for bearded dragons, lettuce would not help them that much. The veggie does not contain necessary minerals or vitamins that the animal needs. In fact, it could even cause the bearded dragon to have diarrhea.

 

Avocado

 

Avocados contain oxalic acid and could be dangerous and even fatal to them when they are consumed in high amounts. They could get ill or die depending on the amount of avocado you give your bearded dragons.

 

Rhubarb

 

This kind of vegetable is very toxic and could be really dangerous to bearded dragons.

 

Beet Tops and Spinach

 

A certain chemical found in these nutritious veggies prevent the absorption of calcium in the body in bearded dragons. The animals would suffer from calcium deficiency and could cause serious metabolic bone disease.

 

Fireflies and Boxelder Bugs

 

These insects are toxic to most reptiles. Make sure that when your bearded dragon is outdoors, watch what insects it tries to catch.

 

Bugs You Catch in the House

 

The bugs that roam in and around your home can have pesticides or other toxic chemicals in them.

 

Fish

 

Although some pet shops sell feeder fish for reptiles, some of them still carry some parasites in them that could harm your bearded dragon. Also, fish can diminish the levels of niacin in the body of your pet. Meat Pieces – It is most recommended to feed your bearded dragon whole meat like mice and insects instead of giving them parts of the animals. It could lead to serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies.