Bearded Dragon Gut Loading
Bearded dragon supplementation can either be done via gut
loading or so-called
dusting or sprinkling. Gut loading refers to Bearded dragon food
items and literally translates to loading the intestines with a
highly nutritious food. Bearded dragon gut loading is done by feeding
insects a highly palatable and nutritious diet prior to
feeding. Insects are therefore the transport medium for
these minerals. Nowadays it is recommended to feed insects gut
loading foods for longer periods of time to improve their own
body composition in addition to filling the intestines.
Gut loading food can be in the form of dry
or fresh foods. The same greens which can be fed to Bearded
dragons can also be fed to their insects. Dry gut loading foods
can be in the form of various commercial or self-made Bearded
dragon gut loading mixtures.
Cricket Gut Loading
Crickets are probably the most important
insects you will
feed to your Bearded dragon. Fortunately cricket gut loading is a
simple process and is simply done by replacing their regular
food with a high quality cricket gut loading food. Crickets
should be gut loaded forty eight to twenty four hours prior to
their offering to Bearded dragons.
Various commercial cricket
gut load foods are also available from the internet or some
specialized reptile pet shops.