What Do Bearded Dragons Eat? A Quick Feeding Guide

what do bearded dragons eat

Did you know your bearded dragon’s official name was Pogona?

Pogon means beard in Greek, and your dragon will puff theirs up when threatened or angry. To avoid this fearsome sight, feeding bearded dragons a healthy diet is essential.

So, what exactly do they eat?

Like humans, bearded dragons are omnivores, and they can eat insects and vegetables. Let’s take a run through the landscape of bearded dragon food!

When to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Before we get started, you should note that bearded dragon feeding habits differ between juveniles and adults; baby dragons need more insects than adults and tend to eat fewer vegetables.

Feed a younger baby dragon as many insects as it can eat in a 10-15 minute timeframe, 3 times a day, removing leftover insects afterward.

This 10-15 minute rule applies to adults too, but they should eat once a day rather than three times. Leaving small amounts of vegetables in the cage for both young and adult dragons ensures they have nutrients available.

Feeding Bearded Dragons Insects

Naturally, food for bearded dragons should include plenty of insects. You can picture a bearded dragon scurrying through the bush after a roach, right?

Dubia Roaches

Dubai roaches are the best roaches in the bearded dragon diet. High in protein, low in fat, and extremely nutritious, dubia roaches are a staple food for your dragon. Click for dubia roaches.

Worms

There are several types of worms your bearded dragon will gobble up. Here’s a quick overview. Make sure you only feed your dragon worms from the pet store and never your garden.

• Phoenix Worms – plenty of protein and calcium, but they are small, so feed your dragon plenty at a time|
• Silkworms – a nutritious snack with protein, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium
• Butter worms – packed with protein and calcium, butter worms are one of the best worms for your dragon
• Mealworms – only for adult dragons, mealworms have a tough exoskeleton that could hurt your baby dragon’s mouth
• Waxworms – the equivalent of a cake for humans, waxworms contain a lot of fat, so feed as a treat only

Try any of these worms for a wriggly treat. They offer a bit of variety from crispy crickets and roaches

Crickets

Crickets may soon be on your menu too! Many cultures around the world already eat them as a crunchy, protein-rich snack. Feeling hungry?

Your bearded dragon will love crickets, and they offer protein and calcium to keep your pet healthy. Just make the crickets stay in the vivarium because they can be bad houseguests when free.

Fruit and Veg for Your Bearded Dragon

Yes, that’s right, bearded dragons eat veggies too! Like young humans, baby dragons tend to shy away from veggies but keep trying, and they may learn to like them.

• Alfalfa
• Asparagus
• Butternut Squash
• Prickly Pear
• Endive
• Collard Greens
• Dandelion Leaves
• Mustard Greens
• Turnip Greens

These mostly green veggies are safe for daily consumption. Your bearded dragon can also eat parsnip, bell peppers, green beans, pumpkin, and watercress. Only feed your dragon these vegetables a couple of times a week or less though.

Once-a-month treats include carrots, broccoli, okra, radish, tomato, and zucchini. Feeding these too often could be harmful to your dragon.

Bearded Dragon Food to Avoid

These foods can harm your bearded dragon due to bacterial content or other pathogens. Buy foods specifically for bearded dragons when possible.

• Bait store food
• Insects from your garden
• Dead bugs
• Elder bugs
• Fireflies and other glowies

That does it! Even when avoiding the above foods, you still have a pretty diverse menu to keep your dragon munching away.

Bon Appetite!

We hope our guide to feeding bearded dragons helps you keep your reptile friend happy and healthy. Remember to feed within the suggested timeframes, limit certain foods, and avoid anything harmful.

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