Wondering about the best food for bearded dragons? What you feed them, how much you feed them and how frequently you feed them depends on many things such as their age and other circumstances like if they are sick or pregnant.
What do bearded dragons eat
Bearded dragons are omnivores which means they eat a combination of animals and plants. The recommended diet and food for bearded dragons who are young and in the wild would include 80% animal-based food and 20% plants, vegetables and fruit. But your adult captive bearded dragon would eat the reverse – with 80% plants, vegetables and fruit and 20% animal-based food.
What is the best food for bearded dragons
The best food for bearded dragons or better yet, best diet is one that contains fresh salad, healthy live feeder insects and a calcium and vitamin supplement. Calcium and multi-vitamins are fed to your beardie by sprinkling them on the food offered to them. Generally, crickets and feeders which jump are not good candidates for dusting as they lose the coating as they jump around.
Fresh salads need to be available all the time to Bearded Dragons of all ages. Leafy greens such as mustard greens, dandelions and collard greens make a great base for the salad. If your dragon is a picky eater adding colorful vegetables such as butternut squash or red bell pepper or adding worms might make the salad more interesting and flavorful.
Live feeder insects are a delightful food for bearded dragons as they contain vital proteins needed for your beardies growth. Many insects are readily taken by the beardie.
Live feeder insects and worms
We recommend dubia or discoid roaches as a feeder insect. Do not feed your beardie live foods which are bigger than the space between its eyes. Doing so can cause digestive problems and impaction which can be fatal for your beardie. And it is important to feed them using tweezers or only put a few live insects in their tank. They will stop eating when they are full. However, if they eat them all, continue adding live insects for 10-15 minutes and then remove all the live prey from their tank once the 15 minutes is up.
Although bearded dragon mealworms are usually recommended by most. Our personal preference is phoenix worms. They are a great food and staple worm for bearded dragons. They come in large and small sizes. They are high in calcium and low in fat and unlike wax worms, butter worms and hornworms which are better suited as an occasional treat. You can free feed phoenix worms to babies and give 10-15 a day to adults or however much they’ll eat.
When organizing your schedule of food for bearded dragons, the number of times a bearded dragon should be fed live food is depending on their age. While baby bearded dragons are typically fed 2-3 times per day, a full grown adult bearded dragon is fed less frequently usually once every couple of days. The feeding frequency is very much dependent on your own bearded dragon as eating habits may vary.
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