Bearded Dragon Food – What To Give To Your Pet?

Bearded Dragon FoodEating Habits in Nature

Like most lizards, a bearded dragon diet in the wild consists of fruits, veggies, and insects. Their diet in captivity needs to match this as closely as possible. Adult dragons will typically eat far more fruits and vegetables in the wild than insects, mainly because they are easier to catch. Baby dragons, however, eat far more insects than adults to help provide the needed protein for growth. Known as omnivores, bearded dragons are often opportunistic eaters. Their large mouths and stomachs allow them to eat anything from small insects to mice or other lizards.

Vegetables and Fruits

The major part of bearded dragon food needs to be vegetables and fruits. This is where much of their adult nutrition comes from. Kale, collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, and escarole are some of the greens your lizard will enjoy. Fruits should consist of fresh plums, bananas, strawberries, peaches, kiwi and apples among others. Green vegetables are also a large part of their diet and should consist of broccoli, okra, green beans, peas, squash, and grated carrots. These should also be fresh and thoroughly washed before they are put into bearded dragon cages. This needs to be about 80% of a captive dragon’s food.

Insects and Other Proteins

One of the more fun, for some people, parts of having bearded dragons as pets is watching them eat bugs. Bearded dragon food should be about 20% proteins, and many adult dragons will need to be fed daily. In the wild dragons would eat just about anything that crawled. In captivity, though, it is best to feed them crickets, meal worms, wax worms, and earthworms. Crickets are the easiest to come by and can be purchased in a number of sizes. Juveniles should be fed pinhead crickets and adults should be fed crickets no larger than the space between their eyes. Eating crickets larger than that can cause digestive impaction.

Supplements

No matter what you give your pet as bearded dragon food, it is best to supplement them with calcium. Calcium can be purchased in powder form and sprinkled on their food, even the crickets. Crickets, though, can be “gut loaded” or fed calcium supplements while waiting to become bearded dragon food. Along with the other foods listed, supplements can help guarantee a long life for your pet.