omnivorous, these animals accept a variety of
Bearded dragon foods including
plant materials (greens, esp. leafy greens), invertebrates and
the occasional vertebrate.
Bearded Dragon Food
In captivity they can be offered a variety of insects, fruit,
vegetables, flowers, flower leaves / herbs and nestling mice. To
give a Bearded dragon a healthy balanced diet at least half of their
daily food should consist of commercial insects like Bearded
dragon crickets, Dubia roaches and other feeder cockroaches,
silkworms, fly ants and Phoenix worms. Mealworms, mealworm beetles,
waxworms, superworms and nestling mice can
be fed occasionally as a snack, but should never make out the
bulk of the diet.
Note: Bearded dragons eat between one to forty
insects per day depending on their
the size of the crickets. Make sure to have a
reliable feeder insect supplier near by or breed your own.
Bearded Dragon Feeding Guide
Bearded dragons will start to eat from two to four days
after birth. Only very small insects
should be offered until the dragon is used to hunting and
have difficulty in hunting, live prey can be placed in a
refrigerator for a few minutes prior to feeding. This will
slow the insects down and make them easier to hunt.
insects can and should also be offered with the greens.
Bearded dragons as soon- or as young as possible to limit
the amount of insect escapes.
between the eyes of baby and juvenile dragons is generally
used the as maximum size of the food that can be offered.
should always be gut loaded with appropriate mineral /
vitamin supplements and should be
dusted two to three times
a week with a suitable powdered calcium supplement.
The size of
insects can be gradually increased to maximum when the
Beardie is about four to six months of age.
Hatchling and juvenile Bearded dragons should be fed insects at
least once or twice, but preferably up to four times a day.
Adult Bearded dragons can eat insects once a day or once every
When feeding Bearded dragons more than twice a day, only feed
the amount of insects which can be consumed within fifteen
minutes per feeding. A satiated Bearded dragon will run
away, close its eyes and go and have a nap on the basking
rock. Free roaming insects can cause significant
amounts of stress to any size dragon.
Keep the feeding schedule the same by feeding insects at the
same time each and every day.
Bearded dragon greens should
be available during the entire day, even if no insects are offered.
Tip: Use an electric timer to switch the lights on in the
morning. This way you can still snooze while they are waking up.
Start off your daily Bearded dragon feeding schedule about two
Bearded Dragon Feeding Chart
It was already
mentioned that Bearded dragon food should consist of a
combination of plant materials, vertebrates and invertebrates.
Plant food should consist of a variety of green feed (Bearded
incl. leafy greens like leaves and herbs and other plant
materials like fruit, vegetables and flowers. The bulk of
Bearded dragon food should include invertebrates like commercial
Bearded dragon crickets,
and other feeder cockroaches,
ants and Phoenix
Other less desirable insects include
Trevo worms, and
waxworms. The occasional
nestling mice can also be offered.
Bearded Dragon Crickets
Bearded dragon crickets contain most of the
main nutritional ingredients, namely carbohydrates, protein,
fats, minerals, vitamins and water. Their practicality,
efficiency and ease of culturing put them in the number one spot
when it comes to Bearded dragon food.
crickets should be
gut loaded from at least 24 hours prior to feeding them to
Bearded Dragon Greens
The second half of a
Bearded dragon's diet should consist of an assortment of torn or
shredded Bearded dragon fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and flower leaves. A
shallow container with a mixture of the correct size greens
should always be available in the cooler end of the vivarium.
dynamic mixture of Bearded dragon greens will not only prevent
boredom and stimulate appetite, but will also increase the
diversity of vitamins and minerals to the animal. One should try
to change only one or two items at a time over about three days
to ensure adequate gastrointestinal adaptation. At least three
to five different ingredients should be mixed together at a
time. Fresh greens will contain more nutrients compared to
spoiled, cooked or baked ones. All ingredients should be washed
/ rinsed with potable running tap water to remove dirt and
potential pesticides before feeding.
Bearded Dragon Greens