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Bearded Dragon Advice (8)

Bearded dragons are among the easiest reptiles to keep in captivity. There may be some things you're not sure of though, which is why we've produced articles that give generalised advice on caring for your bearded dragon. At the moment this section of the website is still quite small, but it will grow more over time. Also, if you need general bearded dragon advice that isn't covered here (yet) please feel free to join our Facebook group by clicking the blue button at the top of the page.

Bearded Dragon Care (13)

This section of the website contains articles dedicated to properly caring for your bearded dragon. Bearded dragon care isn’t difficult but there are some things that need to be in place in order for your bearded dragon to thrive. Giving your bearded dragon the right care will mean they should grow up healthy and happy. The proper care will work out cheaper in the long run as it’ll save you expensive vet trips and treatments. Check this bearded dragon care section for things such as how to bath your bearded dragon, how to care for a shedding bearded dragon and much much more.

Bearded Dragon Diet (55)

In this group of posts we talk about various different things relating to bearded dragon diet, from which foods can bearded dragons eat, which fruits and vegetables are safe for bearded dragons and which live foods (and how much) should beardies be fed. We also look at what happens when they’re off their food and what could be causing this.

Bearded Dragon Fruit (9)

What Fruits Can Bearded Dragons Eat?

We often get asked what fruits can bearded dragons eat, or indeed whether they in fact can eat any fruits at all. Bearded dragons can definitely eat fruit, however some fruits are more suitable than others. You should really only give a bearded dragon fruit as an occasional treat though not as part of their staple diet. This category contains all our posts about which fruits are safe for bearded dragons to eat and which are not. Fruits are high in water content which can be helpful to keep your bearded dragon hydrated. However, vegetables are generally a better option for this as they contain less sugar. All fruits are high in sugar content, which has a number of risk factors for bearded dragons. The following things can occur if you feed too much fruit to your bearded dragon.
  • Calcium deficiency, which in turn leads to Metabolic Bone Disease. A lot of the fruits listed here are high in oxalates which bind to calcium and prevent its uptake into the system.
  • Tooth decay, because of the sugar content.
  • Over-fermentation in the gut, again because of the sugar content.
  • Obesity, due to the sugar content and lack of exercise experienced by captive dragons.
  • Acidity regulation. Many fruits are quite acidic in nature, particularly of course the citrus fruits and tomatoes. We recommend avoiding fruits that are too acidic as it upsets the natural balance of gut flora required for proper digestion of other foods.
  • Too much sugar, acid or water will potentially cause diarrhoea and therefore dehydration. So even though fruit contains a lot of water, they could lose more than they gain if they're fed too much fruit.
Check the individual articles below to see which fruits bearded dragons can eat.

Bearded Dragon Habitat (9)

Here we go over all sorts of things relating to bearded dragon habitat, from their habitat in the wild, to how best to look after bearded dragon in their tank. We look at minimum size requirements for a bearded tank vivarium, which substrates are best for bearded dragons and how temperatures, UVB light and humidity all play a part in the overall health of your bearded dragon. We also cover what to look for when setting up your bearded dragon’s habitat, such as buying a second hand vivarium or buying brand new and how to clean the tank.

Bearded Dragon Health (28)

Bearded Dragons are quite hardy, but they can suffer with a variety of health problems. Most Bearded Dragon health problems come down to genetics or husbandry. You can’t do much about the genetics of your bearded dragon once you’ve got them but you can definitely make sure that your bearded dragon husbandry is top notch. These articles will help you to make sure you can keep your bearded dragon as healthy and happy as possible.

Bearded Dragon Insects (11)

Bearded dragons can eat a variety of insects, worms and grubs. We’ve categorised them all as insects for simplicity. Baby bearded dragons will eat more insects and grubs than adults because they need to be fed them more regularly

Bearded Dragon Vegetables (27)

Looking for Suitable Vegetables For Your Bearded Dragon?

If you're wondering what to put in your bearded dragons salad then this category is for you. You may have noticed that different sites and forums offer conflicting advice and suggestions on what are suitable vegetables for bearded dragons to use as staple foods and which should only be given occasionally. The question of what vegetables can bearded dragons eat comes up regularly and there is some controversy surrounding some of the choices. When I was first starting out I also found this frustrating and I was worried if I was giving my dragon too much of something that could be harmful. Since then I have learnt that if you offer your bearded dragon a varied diet of vegetation ratio 80/90 : 20/10 of vegetation to fruit (if you want to give fruit) they should thrive. We go into more detail about these ratios in our article titled How Much Should I Feed My Bearded Dragon And When? When considering what vegetables can a bearded dragon eat, we include leafy greens, vegetables and flowers. The main bulk of the 80/90% should be made up from darker leafy greens and vegetation. Fruit should be given sparingly, really only as a treat and never exceed 1 to 5% ratio of fruit to vegetables. We go into which fruits to give or avoid in our Fruit For Bearded Dragons A good rule of thumb is the darker the leaf the more nutrients and calcium it is likely to contain e.g collard greens, escarole and turnip greens.

Some Food Warnings

Be cautious of foods containing high levels of Goitrogens, Oxalates and Phosphates.

Goitrogens

Goitrogens are substances that disrupt the production of thyroid hormones and excessive amounts can lead to hyperthyroidism. This disruption occurs because goitrogenic foods interfere with the iodine uptake in the thyroid gland. When insufficient iodine is available, the thyroid cannot produce the thyroid hormones properly. The hypothalamus in the brain senses this and produces different hormones to trigger the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones. If the thyroid cannot keep up with the demand it grows larger and forms a 'goitre' or an enlarged thyroid. You'll see this in the neck of your bearded dragon if it's happening. Unfortunately there appears to be little research into the amount of goitrogenic substances in foods even though there's research to suggest that goitrogens are problem. With this in mind, the foods listed as 'high in goitrogens' are rather anecdotal rather than scientifically verifiable in my research. If someone can point me to actual data that would be fabulous :-)

Phosphates And Oxalates

Phosphates and Oxalates are agents that binds to calcium and disrupt the effectiveness of calcium absorption into the body. A diet that is high in phosphates and/or oxalates can cause health issues for a bearded dragon including MBD. A diet that is high in calcium and low in oxalates/phosphates will help prevent MBD. Be aware that correct UVB lighting is essential for calcium absorption too. It's not just a case of feeding high calcium content vegetables. MBD is a devastating disease which leads to deformed bones, paralysis and eventually seizures and death. High levels of oxalates can also cause kidney issues. But with that said, this category is for all our posts where you're asking whether a particular vegetable is safe for your bearded dragon. In these posts we include tips on the best ways to serve those vegetables, how often they can have them (if they can) and include the scientifically evidenced nutritional data for each one so you can make your own choices on the best vegetables for your bearded dragon.

News (4)

This category is for general news related to bearded dragons. It’ll often be stuff that we’ve come across on the Internet or in daily life that is relevant to the care and upkeep of bearded dragons and that might be of interest to their owners.

Questions Answered (35)

This is a broad category of posts that we hope will answer your various general questions about Bearded Dragons. This could be questions like; How long do bearded dragons live? Where do Bearded Dragons come from How to care for your bearded dragon How much bearded dragons cost to keep etc. If you have any question that you can’t find the answer to here, you can visit our Facebook Group – Bearded Dragons Rock and ask there. One of us, our someone from the group will try to make sure your question is answered.