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Bearded Dragon Diet

What Do Bearded Dragons Eat?

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What do bearded dragons eat? Bearded dragons eat a variety of insects, vegetable matter and (very) occasionally some fruits. Baby bearded dragons should eat mostly insects, whilst adults should eat mostly vegetables. Juveniles should eat a mixture of both.

What Insects Do Bearded Dragons Eat?

Full details of which insects bearded dragons eat can be found by clicking this sentence. But as a very quick overview, we’ve listed the most common ones below;

  • Dubia Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Locusts
  • Black Soldier Fly Larvae / Calciworms / Phoenix Worms
  • Silkworms
  • Superworms / Morio worms
  • Mealworms
  • Waxworms
  • Earthworms
  • Hornworms

What Vegetables Do Bearded Dragons Eat?

Bearded dragons eat a wide variety of vegetables. We give an in depth analysis of various vegetables in our Bearded Dragon Vegetables category which outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each vegetable along with nutritional data. But, below is a list of the more common vegetables that bearded dragons can eat;

  • Collard greens
  • Spring greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Kale (yes, they can)
  • Dandelion leaves / flowers
  • Snap Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Butternut Squash
  • Acorn Squash
  • Watercress
  • Endive / Chicory
  • Cucumber (occasionally)

What Fruits Can Bearded Dragons Eat?

We outline various different fruits that bearded dragons can eat in our post here. But it should be remembered that bearded dragons should only eat any fruit as a very occasional treat. They can have the odd one or two pieces of fruit to liven up their salad, but shouldn’t eat much fruit as the sugars cause problems with digestion.

Some fruits that bearded dragons can eat though are;

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Mango
  • Peach
  • Pears
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi

What Insects Can Bearded Dragons NOT eat?

Any insect that isn’t in the list of explicit ‘allowed’ insect should be treated with caution. Many will actually be OK, but some definitely are not. The insects that bearded dragons should definitely NOT eat are;

  • Fireflies
  • Lightning bugs
  • Glowworms
  • Ladybirds / Ladybugs
  • Centipedes and Millipedes
  • Bees, wasps, hornets
  • Many ants
  • Some caterpillars.

What Vegetables Can Bearded Dragons NOT Eat?

The following vegetables are either poisonous to bearded dragons, or present some significant issues with high oxalates, goitrogens or other compounds that don’t do bearded dragons any good when eaten;

  • Avocado
  • Rhubarb
  • Tomatoes
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Eggplant / Aubergine
  • Buttercups

What Fruits Can Bearded Dragons NOT Eat?

Any and all fruits should only ever be fed to bearded dragons as a rare treat. Occasionally it can be helpful to put one raspberry (broken up) into a salad to introduce a bit of colour and taste to encourage your bearded dragon to eat the greens.

But some fruits should never ever be given to bearded dragons – these are;

  • Rhubarb
  • Citrus Fruits

What Do Bearded Dragons Eat Summary

Bearded dragons eat a variety of insects (live food), vegetables and occasionally fruit.

Baby bearded dragons should eat mostly insects with up to 20% of the diet being in vegetables. If you can get them to eat the vegetables. Adult bearded dragons should eat mostly vegetables, with up to 20% of their diet being insects. Juvenile bearded dragons should eat a mixture of both. Bearded dragons are babies up to about the age of 6-9 months, juvenile bearded dragons are considered to be from 6-9 months old to up to about 18 months with adults being over 18 months old.

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