What do bearded dragons eat? This is one of the most common questions I hear – for great reason! Being omnivores, dragons can eat a huge array of foods, some being better than others. Here is a list of the Top 10 super healthy foods for bearded dragons!
#1 Dubia or Discoid Roaches – Some of the highest quality, staple feeders for your baby or adult bearded dragons! They have the nutritional equivalent of about 5-6 crickets and do not make noise, climb, or smell!
#2 Phoenix/Repti Worms – These are Black Soldier Fly larvae and despite their small size, they are packed with beneficial calcium. They’re also soft-shelled, which makes them wonderful worms for baby dragons! They TRUMP mealworms in terms of quality and safety! You can buy these at most reptile stores or online: Large Phoenix Worms
#3 Silk Worms – High in protein and low in fat, these are enticing worms that most dragons love! They also help clean teeth. When feeding your baby-juvenile dragon any sort of animal matter, ensure that the length of its body does not exceed the width between their eyes. Appropriately sized silk worms made a great treat or staple feeder! JurassiDiet – EasiSilkworm, 35 g / 1.2 oz
#4 Hornworms – Best as a treat, dragon’s DEVOUR these vibrant green worms! They have the nutritional equivalent of about 20 crickets yet are quite fatty. The fun part about keeping them is that they can grow up to 4” long! Find them here…12 Live Hornworms
#5 Superworms – These are a popular choice for both bearded dragons and their keepers, as they’re visually stimulating and easy to keep. Do not feed these to dragons under 16” because they’re simply too big and the hard shell can be difficult to digest. Be careful not to feed more than 10-15 worms a day (which is still a lot!) as doing so poses an impaction risk! They are also fairly fatty and you don’t want your dragon to be obese 🙂 1000 Live Superworms
#6 Greens such as…
#7 Vegetables such as…
- Green Beans
- Butternut Squash
- Acorn Squash
- Sweet Peppers
- Hubbard Squash
- Yuca Roots
#8 Plants such as…
- Alfalfa plant
- Cactus Pad Leaf
- Cactus Pear
- Mulberry Leaves
#9 An important part of a bearded dragon’s diet is proper Calcium with D3 and Multivitamin Supplements. Supplements are microfine, powder vitamins that you must provide to ensure that your dragon is receiving ALL the proper nutrition he/she needs! Dust your feeder insects like roaches or crickets on a daily basis with a high quality calcium powder and, on a weekly basis (at least), dust them with a multivitamin. We recommend Repashy products as they are some of the best on the market!
#10 You should offer your dragon a fresh salad on a daily basis – use the greens, vegetables, and plants listed above to create it. A varied diet is the best diet! On top of every salad, sprinkle a bit of the supplement SuperVeggie – this will enhance the nutritional value of these fantastic foods as well as balance everything!
We’ve gone over a list of the Top 10 excellent foods that bearded dragons eat. From roaches and worms to greens and supplements, these elements make up an extremely healthy diet for your beardie! Now, the diet is one of the most important aspects of keeping a happy bearded dragon, but it certainly isn’t all there is to it. Too many people wait until their beloved pet is sick to take action…don’t be one of them. Learn how to PREVENT the top 4 common causes of death in dragons by watching our FREE video interview Here. In this video interview, you’ll also learn what it takes to care for one of these reptiles – the financial and time commitment, two very important subjects to consider!