Diet and Nutrition Food/Feeding Dragon
Diet & Nutrition
Plant & Meat Eaters = Omnivores
The right diet and nutrition will help ensure your bearded buddy has a long healthy life! Bearded Dragons Require a variety of live insect food and a combination of fresh food to make up a balanced diet. The age of your dragon will determine the amount of what food they should be consuming daily.
Younger Bearded Dragons babies (juveniles) are growing at a rapid speed and are in constant need of protein and calcium. They also tend to have a huge appetite for live bugs. These younger guys should be offered bugs 2-3 times a day. There is much debate on how babies are fed some say however insects your little one can eat in 15 minutes some say 15 small dubia some say 45 small crickets however you feed your little one USE a calcium with D3 once a day until adulthood, then at least twice to three times a week dust bugs before feeding and use a multivitamin once a week for all dragons. They should be feed 70%BUGS-30%GREENS until adulthood, then 70%greens-30%bugs always offer veggies and greens and water daily.
Using the right size bugs for your dragon
Bugs should not be more significant than the space between the dragon's eyes you are feeding.
Adults Will only eat 30%BUGS 70%GREENS
NEVER FEED ANYTHING FROM OUTSIDE
Fresh Foods Healthy for Dragons
Insects Healthy for Dragons
- Dubia Roaches (Best Staple Food)
- Orange Heads
- Butter worms
- Super Worms
- Horn Worms
- Red worms
- Wax Worm
- King worms
- Black Fly Larva
- Phoenix Worms
What Should I Use?
The two most commonly used feeders among bearded dragon keepers are dubia roaches and crickets. Both crickets and dubia roaches are considered healthy for bearded dragons. They each have pros and cons, leaving keepers divided! So here are the facts. All we ask is PLEASE FEED your DRAGONS.
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|Dubia Pros||Dubia Cons|
|Tolerable smell||Can Be harder to Digest|
|Quiet||Can be harder to see for dragons|
|Keep Much Longer|
|Easy to Clean|
|Easy to Breed|
|Longer Life Spans|
|don't bite you or dragons|
|can be caught easy|
|don't escape easy|
|Longer Life Spans|
|Cricket Pros||Cricket Cons|
|easy to digest||Loud|
|Easy to Breed||Jump & fast|
|Can easily carry parasites|
|Can bite dragons|
NOT ALL BUG ARE SAFE FOR YOUR DRAGON PLEASE CHECK
BEARDED DRAGON VEGGIES
DO FEED and DO NOT FEED
Dragons should be eating, not "only" One type of Veggie and/or Protein Daily.
They thrive on variety!!
ALL STAPLE foods should be part of a rotation of healthy foods, “Staples” foods such as greens and protein should be mixed and rotated along with foods that are given once in a while.
Plants, fruits, and vegetables provide water and essential vitamins and minerals to your dragon.
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Note* Proper chopping slicing, & peeling veggies & greens is imperative in preventing choking.
Staples Recommended for rotation in DAILY USE:
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Turnip Greens
- Bell Peppers
- Beet greens
Variety Feeds Your Dragon
Occasionally Your Dragon May Have
- Green Beans
- Butternut Squash cooked
- Sweet Potato cooked
- Bell Pepper
- Dandelion Greens
- Pumpkin Cooked
Remember to feed a healthy and wide variety of food items
Even if you are providing optimal nutrition, your dragon will still require supplements. In captivity, we must provide
Vitamin D3, Calcium, & Multivitamins
What do I use for vitamins and minerals?
Bearded dragons have a higher need for dietary calcium than phosphorus. Many veterinarians recommend that 2 - 3 times per week, you LIGHTLY sprinkle all food offered to Bearded Dragons with a calcium powder (calcium gluconate, lactate, or carbonate). A LIGHT sprinkling of a good reptile vitamin-mineral mix on the food is also recommended weekly, mainly if it contains vitamin D3. However, use caution since too much vitamin D3 can be harmful. Supplements should be dusted onto small portions of salads or moist foods, and those portions fed first to ensure that the Bearded Dragon receives them.
What about water?
Some foods can provide a little moisture. This is not enough, hydration!
Small bearded dragons can dehydrate quickly but can also drownd easily. Misting a paper towel helps keep these little ones moist! After the age of 6 weeks, it is recommended to use a shallow water bowl to prevent your bearded dragon from falling in and possibly drowning. ReptiSafe will remove chlorine and unwanted minerals from the water.
Training your bearded dragon to drink from a bowl may take a little effort. Try adding fruit in the bowl or a bubbler! Always Sanitize your water bowl at least once a day. Most dragons also enjoy a warm soak; This also helps with hydration.
-Misting 1-2 times a day!
WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY after feeding, cleaning, and handling a Bearded Dragon.
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Spinach & Beet Tops
- WILD insets
- FIREFLIES and or LIGHTNING bugs ((ARE TOXIC))
- Avocados ((ARE TOXIC))
- Rhubarb ((ARE TOXIC))
Plants toxic to dragons just to list a few
Bracken fern, buttercup, crocus, daffodil, holly, horse chestnut, ivy, oak, and poppy.