Bearded dragons are omnivorous, meaning they accept a variety of
foods including plant materials (greens, esp. leafy greens),
invertebrates and the occasional vertebrate. Bearded dragons in
captivity should be offered a variety of insects, fruit,
vegetables, flowers, flower leaves / herbs and nestling mice. It
is best to offer a combination of these feedstuffs not only to
ensure a well balanced diet, but also to include a variety to
prevent boredom in these animals. At least half of the daily
Bearded dragon food should consist of commercial insects like
crickets, Dubia roaches and other feeder
Other good Bearded dragon foods include silkworms, fly ants and
Phoenix worms. Mealworms, mealworm beetles, waxworms, Trevo
and superworms can be fed occasionally as a snack, but should
never make out the bulk of the diet.
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 twenty four hours prior to feeding them to
Dubia roaches is a relative new addition to the reptile
food market. They should be tasty and exciting for your Bearded
dragon to eat. Dubia roaches are smaller than other popular
dragon cockroaches and should be easier to feed to baby
Bearded dragon silkworms is a very good food source for
these lizards. It is high in protein and calcium and it seems
like Bearded dragons enjoy to eat them.
It is said that mealworms are very tasty to
Bearded dragons and once they are spoiled they can refuse to eat
Bearded dragon mealworms also contain high amounts of fat
and relatively low amount of proteins and calcium. This Bearded dragon food
should be avoided in growing animals and only be offered in
limited amounts to adults.
As with mealworms,
waxworms are also tasty and very high in fat with low
amounts of protein. This Bearded dragon food is not to be fed in
Bearded dragon Phoenix worms® are a relatively new addition to the feeder insect
market. This Bearded dragon food item has been developed as a
delicious, balanced and nutritious foodstuff. Phoenix worms are soft bodied are
said to be naturally high in calcium.
When compared to mealworms, Bearded dragon superworms have less
fat, are just as tasty and are just as deficient in calcium.
Their size makes them fun to feed to larger dragons, but because
of their composition they should be offered in limited
Grasshoppers are still not available commercially in South
Africa, but is probably becoming more and more available in some
countries. Bearded dragon grasshoppers make interesting feeder
items, but, because of their hard exoskeletons they should be
avoided especially during the first few months of a Bearded
dragon's life. Only adults will be able to crush them
Also called Butter worms, Bearded dragon Trevo
worms are large, fat worms with a high fat and calcium content.