Bearded Dragon Diet TipsBearded Dragons are Omnivorous. They are not completely carnivorous as some would have you think. Nor are they vegetarians by any stretch of the imagination. They eat a wide variety of things both in the wild and in captivity.
Bearded Dragons will eat mostly insects if you let them. This, however, is not the best thing for them. The number one best thing you can do for a juvenile or baby Beardie is to make them eat their veggies every day BEFORE you put in the live insects. When they are really hungry they will eat the greens and other veggies. If you should feed the insects first they will surely fill up on them and eat hardly any vegetable material. Actually many Dragons relish their greens.
Vegetable PortionI feed all my Dragons the same diet as my Green Iguanas eat every day. (Loosely based on Melissa Kaplan's Iguana Diet, where there are even some pictures of some of the food items) The "salad" consists of two parts; the Greens portion and the Mix portion. The greens may include on any given day:
NEVER feed your Dragon iceberg or head lettuce! It is mostly water and has nearly no nutrients. Romaine lettuce can be used occasionally in a pinch but should not be a main source of food.
The "mix" portion generally contains some or all of the list below finely minced (in the food processor):
Insect PortionCrickets and Superworms (Zophorbus sp.) are the staple food item at my house. My adults seem to vary back and forth on preferring either crickets or supers.
When you bring crickets or superworms (aka King Worms) home it is important to feed them something good before they are fed to your Dragons or to any lizard for that matter. "You are what you eat" holds true for reptiles too! Check out my cricket care document for details. I don't have my own superworm care guide yet but here are some basic requirements:
There are other insects you can feed your dragons. Waxworms, regular mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), silworms, Trevo Worms (Butter worms), even various cockroach species if you are so inclined.
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