Bearded Dragon Diet Tips
Bearded Dragons are Omnivorous. They are not completely carnivorous as some would have you think. Nor are they vegetarians by any stretch of the imagination. They eat a wide variety of things both in the wild and in captivity.

Bearded Dragons will eat mostly insects if you let them. This, however, is not the best thing for them. The number one best thing you can do for a juvenile or baby Beardie is to make them eat their veggies every day BEFORE you put in the live insects. When they are really hungry they will eat the greens and other veggies. If you should feed the insects first they will surely fill up on them and eat hardly any vegetable material. Actually many Dragons relish their greens.

Vegetable Portion
I feed all my Dragons the same diet as my Green Iguanas eat every day. (Loosely based on Melissa Kaplan's Iguana Diet, where there are even some pictures of some of the food items) The "salad" consists of two parts; the Greens portion and the Mix portion. The greens may include on any given day:
  • Collard greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Escarole
  • Chicory

NEVER feed your Dragon iceberg or head lettuce! It is mostly water and has nearly no nutrients. Romaine lettuce can be used occasionally in a pinch but should not be a main source of food.

The "mix" portion generally contains some or all of the list below finely minced (in the food processor):

  • Butternut squash (winter squash)
  • Yellow squash (summer squash)
  • Various other squashes including acorn, buttercup, etc.
  • Green beans
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet potato
Insect Portion
Crickets and Superworms (Zophorbus sp.) are the staple food item at my house. My adults seem to vary back and forth on preferring either crickets or supers.

*** Important notes ***

It is very important when feeding babies and juveniles that you feed properly sized food items. Large prey can actually KILL your Dragon! The general rule of thumb is to not feed anything larger than the space between your dragons eyes. I cannot stress this enough. SMALLER IS BETTER!

Fireflies are lethal to Bearded Dragons. Even ONE can kill them overnight.

When you bring crickets or superworms (aka King Worms) home it is important to feed them something good before they are fed to your Dragons or to any lizard for that matter. "You are what you eat" holds true for reptiles too! Check out my cricket care document for details. I don't have my own superworm care guide yet but here are some basic requirements:

  • Keep superworms on oatmeal, dry chicken mash or better yet, **'s Superworm Bedding.
  • Ventilation is key. I use a 10 gallon tank with a screen lid.
  • Don't refrigerate them. Room temperature is fine.
  • Feed them greens, carrots, squash.
  • Clean up spoiled food quickly or mold will take over.
  • Humidity is the enemy. Keep them DRY.

There are other insects you can feed your dragons. Waxworms, regular mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), silworms, Trevo Worms (Butter worms), even various cockroach species if you are so inclined.

Other Dragon Diet Pages
Bearded Dragon Care and Feeding | Kathryn Tosney's Diet Info

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